The likes of Jennifer Aniston have infused us with a desire to get that enviably straight hair and while some are blessed with naturally poker straight hair, the rest of us have to fight our daily battles with serums and flat irons.
To get your tresses to look like they are “naturally” straight you need more than just an iron. Here is a step by step guide to achieve perfectly ironed hair.
Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair, there a number of pre straightening shampoos that have silicon, which sets the base right for ironing . If you have hard curls, go for an anti-frizz shampoo and conditioner in the shower.
Towel dry your hair and apply leave in conditioner to smoothen out semi-dry hair. Conditioning is a must because the longer your hair grows, the more the edges become brittle and prone to breaking, which is why you should condition them regularly and particularly before ironing.
Make sure that your hair is not wet as ironing soaking wet hair could burn and dry out your hair. It would even smell pungently burned, instead use a blow dry to both dry your hair and half straighten it.
Section your hair horizontally into 3-4 sections depending upon the length of your hair using a wide tooth comb and divide each section into half such that you have no more than 2 inches wide hair on each side. Now take each section at a time and clip the stray ones to avoid getting them in the way.
Spray heat protector generously and take some in your hands to apply on the roots that could be a bit difficult to reach. You can additionally use a straightening balm and smear it on your hair.
Now take the half of each section and loosely wind the upper part of the hair around the brush. Start blow drying your hair from the upper part and slowly moving towards the tip and follow it up with your flat iron. Start an inch below the root and inch downwards. The hair near the root does not need a lot of heat so remember to adjust the temperature to cause less damage to your tresses.
If you want a more flat look, take that section of your hair and iron straight. For a more voluminous look take the flat iron and move your hand in a curve, like you’re drawing an inverted C.
If you see steam, do not be afraid. It’s natural but do not keep the iron on a particular portion for more than 10 seconds and if needs be, make repeated strokes but do not keep the iron idle on the hair for long.
Finish it off with a shine spray to get that smooth shining look. If you are planning to style your hair in a French plait or a bun, do opt for a hair spray to keep it in place.
A quick tip- To keep your hair straight the next day as well, just wrap it in a thin piece of cloth before going to bed.