If you’re a curly-haired lady you’ve probably felt frustrated, or even discouraged, when trying to straighten your hair. It can feel like an impossible task that just can’t be achieved unless you’re a professional. But at Lionesse we’re all about sharing beauty tips that help to make things easier and doable for the average woman (or man). There are a few key steps and tips to consider if you’re interested in straightening tight curls. If you’ve been thinking…how is it possible to straighten tight curls? Then keep reading, girl because we’re sharing the deets!
Prep Your Hair
Before you start ANYTHING with a flat iron or any other heated styling tool, you’ve got to prep your hair. Naturally, shampoo and condition your hair (may seem obvious, but we wanted to cover our bases). Once you’ve done that, add some heat protectant product to your hair. Heat protectant product is super important to maintain your hair’s health as you do put it under quite a bit of heat moving forward to the straightening process.
Drying Your Hair
Since you’ve already showered and prepped your hair, it’s time to blow dry your hair. When you have tight curls and you’re looking to achieve straight hair, blow drying your hair is going to be a little different. First, create sections in your hair starting with leaving just the hair at the nape of the neck down and pinning the upper layers up. Using a wide bristled brush, begin blow drying your hair pointing the blow dryer down to further emphasize straightening the hair. Basically, you’re going to want to get your hair as straight as possible with your blow dryer. Some experts suggest alternating the blow dryer’s heat settings from cool to warm to avoid damaging or putting too much stress on your hair from a lot of heat.
Once you’ve completed that blow drying process and dried ALL of your hair completely, allow it to cool for a bit. After your hair has cooled from blow drying, section your hair again like you did for the blow drying process. Creating sections is going to help you have more control over the straightening process, because now you’re going to go through your hair with a flat iron over the sections. Typically, those with curly hair need to have the flat iron at a higher heat setting to really lock in and emphasize the straightness – this could take a little practice and trial to figure out what heat setting is best for your hair. Additionally, it’s suggested that you follow the straightener with a comb – meaning as you straighten pieces of your hair use a comb to go through it right behind the flat iron. This will help emphasize and really lock in the straight hair.
Once you’ve done that on all your hair simply finish with a smoothing haircare product and you’re done! Most importantly, don’t rush through the process and make sure you’re not overheating your hair.