Hair Straightening Tips

Here are some hair straightening tips to make the process go by more successfully.

African-American natural hair usually is quite thick, so getting it straight can pose as a challenge without the know-how and experience.


My Previous Straightening Length Check


My Straightener of Choice

  • Always make sure that the straightening plates are clean so you’re not flattening dirt into your hair
  • Make sure hair is completely dry before straightening to avoid burning hair
  • Glide the iron SLOWLY down the section of hair for best results and to avoid having to go over the section of hair more than once
  • If your hair is super curly, follow a rat tail comb with your flat iron down the section of hair during straightening to help smooth the hair

For all of those who are interested, I will be straightening my hair in the next month or two and I will be using this techniques and tips to insure that I get my hair as straight as I can without damaging a single strand of my hair.

And here’s the process for straightening black hair…

I’ll start by rinsing my hair in warm water and add conditioner so I can thoroughly detangle my hair. Once I’m done detangling, I section my hair into four parts with hair clips and start washing my hair in warm water to open the follicle and really get it clean. I use Honey & Almond Moisture Whip Shampoo by Naked and I absolutely love this shampoo.

After this is done, I’ll hop out of the shower and add Honey & Almond Moisture Whip Conditioner by Naked to my hair, stick on a shower cap, and throw a warm towel over my head to keep my body heat in and really condition each strand.

TIP! You can deep conditioner your hair in a few braids or twists so you don’t have to detangle your hair all over again.

After half an hour, I rinse the conditioner out and let my hair air dry for a few minutes then it’s on to blow drying. Click here for a video on how to blow dry natural hair.

All of that was prep work for the actual straightening, which truly is the easy part. I’m really excited about straightening my hair because I haven’t in what seems like years. While my hair is straight, I will probably give myself a trim and keep it straight for a week to nine days before my hair will be begging to be washed again.

I hope you enjoyed and learned something from these hair straightening tips!

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