You all must have heard of the phrase “opposite attracts,” the situation with natural hair and straight hair is pretty much the same. It is no mystery that women with curly hair are more inclined towards straight hair, and the women with straight hair find curls so attractive.
We women love to try new things with our hair all the time, from dying to straightening and curling with heating devices and styling them at different lengths. However, reshaping hair is a risky business, especially for natural hair.
If you want to protect the natural sheen of your hair, you must stay away from regular use of heating products. Naturally curly and straight hair are incredibly delicate and demand high maintenance.
But it doesn’t mean that you should hold back your desires to experiment with your looks. After all, it’s your hair, and you can rock any style you want. All you need is to be a little careful and keep an eye on your hair conditions to avoid damage.
That's why we have prepared a list of points to consider while straightening your natural hair.
Prepare Your Natural Hair For Straightening Process
Preparing your hair in advance is essential before you start using heated irons and curlers. It will help you make the straightening process more manageable and provide you adequate protection against damage.
- Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo thoroughly, and then apply conditioner. You can also use a deep conditioner to soften the strands and provide essential moisture to your scalp.
- After cleaning your hair, apply a good quality heat protectant like serum, sprays, or creams through the damp strands. Try not to skip this step as it will prepare your hair for heat and prevent damage caused due to frizz.
- Let your hair air dry rather than blow-drying as much as you can. It will lessen the heat exposure and the consequent chances of heat damage.
- If you are in a hurry, try to blow dry your hair in a downward direction, it will keep your strands flat and set a foundation for the balanced ironing process.
Three Ways To Straighten Your Natural Hair
Once your hair is ready for going under the heat, you have three devices to choose from for straightening your hair. They are:
Flatiron: While purchasing a flatiron, make sure it has customizable settings to control the heat and keep your iron at the lowest heat as it will be enough to straighten your hair.
Divide your hair in a section and work accordingly; this way, it will be easier for you to manage. The best way to straighten curly hair is by gliding down the flatiron from roots to the hair’s tip.
To finish, apply a hydrating serum or humidity-resistant gel to prevent frizz.
Blow dryer: Like flatiron, buy a dryer that provides heat settings to control the temperature and comes with a nozzle attachment for achieving a straighter style. Using a round brush will be more convenient, and it will avoid tangles too.
While gliding down the hair, keep your dryer 2 to 3 inches away from the brush.
Roller: Rollers work best when you use them on wet hairs. A little tip for a better finish is the thicker the hair, the bigger the rollers. Once you rolled all your hair, leave it for at least 30 min or more on moderate heat. Wait until the hair is dried and then remove the rollers. Apply a hydrating serum or humidity-resistant gel to prevent frizz.
Style your straight hair the way you want and have fun with it. Call us for more information on how to take care of natural hair.