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Remember back in the early 2000s when hair straighteners first became synonymous with cool girl style? Us too. You may also remember, then, that while hair straighteners were an unquestionable must-have in anyone hair styling arsenal, oftentimes products—ranging from heat protectants and hair serums, to hair sprays and hair gels—often weren’t. The result? An attempt to create super-straight hair only to find fried ends and flat hair. And yet, somehow, we all seemed to absolutely love it. Fast forward to present day, and we’re finally beginning to understand just how damaging those practices were on our hair. What’s more, we’re starting to see that same trend reemerge into the fashion and beauty scene. And, as with all reborn trends, this time it calls for an update—and what better way than by stocking up on all the products and tips to create the look?
If you’ve been swooning over the straight lengths hairstyle trend, here, you’ll find the step-by-step tutorial to help make it a reality. Follow along!
While most people think that styling your hair is only as important as the products you put into your mane after showering, the truth is the products you use when cleansing and conditioning can make a big difference in the overall texture of your tresses. That said, if the goal is super-straight hair, stock your shower with the L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Caring Conditioner. Designed to smooth the hair’s cuticle while deeply nourishing strands, after five minutes in the shower you’ll be one step closer to the super-straight hair you’ve been dying to show off.
Picture this: You step out of the shower and it’s time to reach for a towel. While a traditional terry cloth towel might be your norm, you’ll be surprised to know that there are even towels that can help lead to a straighter, smoother head of hair. The trick is to look for one that’s made of microfiber. These towels are much gentler on wet hair and won’t disturb the cuticle, often leading to a frizzy dried look.
Now is your chance to enlist your newfound heat protection knowledge. To avoid the same damage you created back in the day, be sure to spritz damp hair with a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray. We’re especially fond of this spray when it comes to creating super-straight hair because it’s designed to reduce frizz, block humidity, and seal in shine—all essentials in this trendy hair look. If your ends need a little extra TLC to mask any dryness, rub a drop or two of the L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Frizz Finish Oil-in-Serum between your palms and rub it onto your mid-lengths and ends. The ultra-nourishing formula will help block against frizz and create a sleek shine that never looks greasy.
Once your hair is protected it’s time to blow dry it. If you want to start the straightening process during this step, use a round boar bristle brush to help create a smooth, blown out base.
Ah, finally, what we’ve all been waiting for. Once your hair is blow dried, it’s time to straighten. It’s of the utmost importance to always fully dry your hair before straightening it because otherwise you’re essentially boiling your strands between the heat plates. Yikes! That said, wait until hair is fully dried and then use the lowest setting on your heat tool to begin smoothing out your strands. If your current setting isn’t quite working, turn it up a notch until you begin to see your work coming to fruition.
Once your hair is fully straightened, take a peek in the mirror and check if there are any areas that require a little extra nourishing boost. For these areas, you can rub a bit more serum into place, so long as they’re between your mid-lengths and ends. If you’re worried about your crown frizzing out, give your finished look a quick spritz of hair spray, like the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray, brush it through, and go on with your day.
Looking for other hairstyles to incorporate into your daily life? Check out our article, The 6 Best Hairstyles to Wear to the Gym.