Sleek, shiny hair flowing straight is the dream of every woman. But only a few fortunate women have it by birth. Otherwise, there is at least a slight curl in our hair. Thanks to a modern tool named hair straightener that we don’t have to go every time to the hairstylist to straighten our hair and we can do it at the comfort of our homes. However, the process of at-home straightening may pose certain concerns. After all, we clamp our precious hair at a temperature that can bake a big pizza! Here is a step-by-step guide on how to straighten your hair at home without damaging them.
1. Use Specialized Shampoo and Conditioner
Don’t worry as you don’t have to break a bank for this. You will get these products even at your local beauty supply store or drug store at reasonable rates. You just have to make sure they claim to straighten and/or moisturize hair.
2. Pat Dry Hair after Shower
Never dry hair ruffling it harshly. Instead gently squeeze sections of hair with a towel. Patting dry hair will save you from excess frizz that occurs after a shower.
3. Use Thermal Protection while the Hair is Wet
While your hair is still wet, you should use a heat treatment or thermal protection serum because that way the serum will be spread evenly in your hair without the formation of clumps. After applying the product, comb hair with a wide-toothed comb.
4. Blow-dry Hair
The drier your hair, the better will work your hair straightener. And of course, dry hair will keep shock away. In short, you want your hair to be completely dry. Here are a few tips.
- Your hair dryer should point downward. The downward movement will promote your hair to dry straight.
- Set the heat of the dryer to the lowest setting. If your hair is particularly frizzy, drying it on a lower heat will prevent it from puffing up.
5. Learn the Technique
You will see the setting of heat near the “on” switch of your hair straightener. Choose your desired setting. The thicker and frizzier the hair, the higher should be the setting. If your hair is thin and brittle, set the heat to the lowest to avoid damage.
6. Make Many Sections
Make one to two inches thick sections of your hair because then they will easily pass through the straightener.
- Pin the section you are not straightening out of the way.
- The best way is to pin all the sections you are not straightening on top of your head or behind shoulders. Then take each of them in front and straighten it.
- Start the process by keeping the straightener about an inch from your scalp.
- Clamp the straightener down while its heated sides touch each other and your hair rests in between.
- Don’t clamp too tight. Also don’t hold the straightener at the same spot for a long time.
- Run the iron over each section many times till it’s completely straight.
- After straightening a section, clip it out of the way and start with a new section.
Thus doing the process correctly will let you enjoy straight hair of your dreams!