Every natural hair style is beautiful, whether it is curly, straight, thick, or thin. Our tresses are a reflection of our family genes and, often, they are a symbol of our personality. Many people style their hair to reflect who they are, their interests, and how they express themselves.
There is no denying, however, that we often desire a different style of hair. It’s common to want what we don’t have and, sometimes, it would be nice to experience a different look or style. For many of us, our naturally curly hair is celebrated and complimented, but that doesn’t mean we always want to have curly hair.
If today is the day you want to create sleek, straight tresses, then you’re in luck. There are quite a few ways to give your hair a straight style, and you can easily do all of these tricks in the comfort of your own home. Consider these 3 styling tips to get straight, sleek hair like a professional hairstylist in no time at all.
Quality Hair Flat Iron
The most well-known solution for simple hair straightening is to use a hair straightener, but that doesn’t mean that every tool will work the same way. The tool you choose will likely determine how straight your hair becomes. While some products offer higher temperatures and ceramic irons, others may not get quite as hot or might be more damaging to your hair.
If you want to style your hair to be straight, working with a high-end hair flat iron is important to nailing the look and protecting hair against damage. Choose a flat iron that is made from a high-quality ceramic and that has a temperature dial so you can control how hot the iron becomes.
For those with thinner hair, straightening will be much easier; however, those with thicker hair might want to separate the hair into smaller sections and work from the back to the front. If you’d like, curl the flat iron slightly at the ends of the hair to curl the hair away from the face or to add some flare to the bottoms.
Hair Straightening Cream
If you don’t want to apply heat to your hair, opt to skip the flat iron and go for a hair straightening cream. This kind of product only requires that you have a blow dryer on hand, as well as a brush, and it can often create a fairly satisfying straight style to your locks.
To create the look, make sure your hair is slightly damp and clean. Section off your hair into four groups, two in the front and two in the back. Apply a small amount of the straightening cream to your fingers and work it through your locks from root to tip, ensuring each section is thoroughly covered.
Once you’ve covered all of your strands, use a blow dryer and a quality round brush to manipulate the hair as it dries. Be careful to avoid the common blow drying mistakes that can do more harm than help to your hair. The cream is heat activated, so be sure that you’re brushing it in the direction you want it to go as the cream sets. Keep the blow dryer a safe distance from the hair, and follow along with the brush as you travel straight down from the root. Do this with all four sections until you have soft, straight hair that is ready for styling.
If you would like, consider setting your hair with a heat protective spray before blow drying to avoid any frizz or damage from the heat of the blow dryer or during blowouts.
If you have hair rollers lying around, don’t assume that these are only for curls! You can style your hair into straight locks with these, as well, if you know how to use them properly. To begin, make sure your hair is clean and leave it slightly damp from the shower. Remove excess water by gently rubbing the hair with a towel and apply a leave-in conditioner to ensure that the hair looks smooth and silky.
Comb through your hair with a wide-toothed comb to get rid of tangles before starting with the rollers. To begin, separate your hair into two sections on the left and the right. Pin back one side and start with the other, by grabbing sections of hair two inches in width. Holding a section in your hand, grab a roller and start at the bottom of the hair. Roll upward, toward the scalp, and snap into place.
Secure the rollers at least one inch away from the scalp, so that the weight of the roller can help with straightening the strands. This will also prevent too much body from building at the crown of your head. Once you have rolled up all of the two-inch pieces, complete the same process on the other side of your head.
Allow the rollers to work for as long as you can; the longer they can sit, the better. If you want to sleep with them in overnight, be sure to wear a silk scarf to protect the hair. Remove the rollers when the hair is dry and apply some coconut oil to the tresses to keep them smooth and shiny.
If you’re trying to embrace a sleek and straight hairstyle, consider these 3 styling tips to get straight, sleek hair like a professional. These are easy options that you can perform at home, and they’ll keep your hair looking stylish and straight no matter where your day takes you. Be sure to apply a heat-protective spray, which will act as a barrier between your strands and blow dryers and straighteners.
Sophia Jackson has been a resident of Buckhead for 10 years. When she’s not busy styling the hair of Atlanta’s elite, you can find her shopping in trendy boutiques or sipping bubbly at a concert in Chastain Park.