Tis the Season to Straighten your Hair: Hair Straightening Tips

Hey everyone!  I realize I have not posted content on my site in the past two weeks.  Due to my birthday and thanksgiving last week, I did not have much time to release content.  However, I’m back this week with a new post. YAY!  Also, I have decided to switch from posting weekly to once every other week.  This change is due to balancing my everyday responsibilities and my sanity.  Let’s get into what this post is about, straightening your hair.

I have been binge watching YouTube videos lately and realized it is the season to straighten your coils and curls.  I love my natural curls and coils the most but sometimes I do like to see my hair in many forms including straight.  However, excessive heat can cause hair cuticle damage and ruin the elasticity of curls.  Regardless of your style preference, if you don’t follow a good straightening regimen, your heat damage can result in breakage.

I know some of us may only straighten our hair to get a great hair trim.  As I have stated above, excessive heat can cause heat damage.  However, you can get heat damage after straightening your hair ONE TIME if you have a bad hair straightening regimen.  See my hair straightening regimen tips below:

Cleanse hair thoroughly.  Co-washing is great but it will not remove hair build-up as good as a clarifying shampoo.  We don’t want to apply heat to hair strands containing build-up because it can cause the flat iron to burn our hair.

Deep condition hair.  The vitamins and minerals from the deep conditioner will strengthen the hair and cause your hair to look healthy and vibrant.  I believe a repairing conditioner (or a conditioner with protein) is more appropriate to use before and after straightening the hair.  Using this type of conditioner before straightening helps strengthen the hair for the straightening process.  Using this type of conditioner after straightening (when you’re ready return curly) helps to repair any protein loss during the straightening process.

Apply a leave-in conditioner.  Choose a leave-in conditioner based on your hair type.  If you have thin hair, you don’t want to use a heavy leave-in conditioner.  I have thick hair, but I prefer a lightweight spray leave-in conditioner because it leaves my hair light and bouncy.

Use a heat protectant.  Depending on how paranoid you are about heat damage use the heat protectant before blow-drying and flat ironing your hair.  Similar to the leave-in conditioner, I use lightweight heat protectants.  If you’re going to use the heat protectant before blow-drying and flat ironing your hair, I suggest you use a lightweight product.  Too many products can cause your hair to be heavy and greasy.  Greasy straight hair will not last as many weeks as light and bouncy hair.  Also, too many products on your hair before the straighten process could cause the flat iron to cook your hair, which is a no no.

Make sure hair is completely dry before applying a flat iron.  The reason why the hair should be dry is because applying a flat iron to wet hair will fry your hair strands due to the high concentration of water absorption while your hair is wet.

Make sure hair is highly stretched before applying a flat iron.  Two great stretch methods:  blow drying or a roller set.  This tips will decrease time spent flat ironing your hair and ensures a great long lasting straightening.  Also, you don’t have to do as many passes through your hair with the flat iron if the hair is already straight.

Clean your flat iron plates with rubbing alcohol.  Clean flat iron plates prevent the flat iron from cooking or burning your hair.

Choose a temperature that works for your hair type.  Things to consider are the health and thickness of your hair.  If the temperature is too low, you may pass the flat iron through the hair too many times leading to heat damage.  If the temperature is too high, you risk damaging your hair cuticles with one pass.  My suggestion is to find a middle ground. For an example, I think my hair can handle a temperature of 410; however, I tend to use a temperature of 390.

Apply flat iron to proper amount of hair.  For an example, if you’re using a 1 inch flat iron, each section of hair should be no more than 1 inch thick.  Also, applying the flat iron to too small of a section can cause heat damage because their too much heat on one section of your hair.  Sometimes we think the section should be really small; however, it’s really about how much pressure you apply when passing the flat iron through your hair.  Most great straightening I’ve experienced or witnessed has been from stylists who apply a lot of pressure to a reasonable sized hair section.

Apply a lightweight oil or serum to hair after straightening is completed.  This will add great shine to hair without weighing hair down.

In the pictures attached to this post, you can see my results are always consistent.  I hope this post helps those who need the help.  Thanks for reading!