Perfect Long Lasting Straight Hair

Growing up I never liked my curly / wavy hair so I would always straighten it – every day!

Luckily as I’ve gotten older, I've learned to appreciate my hair for what it is.

I've figured out some great tricks to straighten hair, because even if I don’t wear my hair straight every day it’s great to have styling options!

The best start is to make sure you have the correct tools to perfectly straighten your hair. 

Hair Flat Iron

The most important tool to consider in a hair straightening kit is the flat iron!

It does not matter if you go for an expensive or inexpensive price range.

The most important feature that you must look for is the temperature control. If you can control the temperature, you can easily style your hair straight.

Try to purchase an iron with an adjustable heat setting, less likely you will damage your hair by using settings that are too cool or too hot for your hair.

- For fine or damaged hair: 250-300 degrees
- For medium/average hair: 300-350 degrees
- For thick or coarse hair: 350-400 degrees

**These temperatures are only an estimate. Your hair texture and type will also determine which heat setting is best for you**

Clips for Sectioning

When dividing your hair into different sections use crease free clips, I personally like duck bill clips.  This way you won’t end up with a bumpy finish to your style.

Try different clips to see what works best for you and make them a part of your Hair straightening routine.

Round Brush

Another component that is a must in your hair straightening kit is the right hair brush. 

The metal core round brush is one of the best hair brushes. It is great for giving some bend at the ends and giving hair some volume instead of being flat and poker straight. 

Try to get a brush with soft bristles. It will also help straighten as you slide down the hair with flat iron use the brush to brush down the hair after the flat iron. 

Use can also use a comb for this.

Now that we have the tools, here are some tips to having straight locks:

Start Right

Never start straightening before your flat iron is fully hot. Always make sure that your hair tools are at the right temperature.

I know I always wait half a minute after turning on the flat iron and am frustrated when the section isn’t straightening… Patience Jennifer…

A flat iron will do its job well when it properly heated, otherwise you will end up with frizzy hair and waves will start to appear after a few hours.

Clean and Maintain

Make sure your flat iron is clean and well-maintained.  Dust can obstruct the heat and affect the results. If not cleaned well, dust, grime, and grease will stick to your hair – making hair damage easier.

Comb It Right

Brush or comb your hair well before you begin ironing.  If your hair is curly or hard to straighten, it is a good idea to comb in between straightening. This helps get the shape right and holds it for longer.

Start Backwards

For me, the back of head has the stubborn hair that doesn’t cooperate. I have started straightening the sections in the back of the head first and once that is straightened, I continue to the easier front and side sections of hair.

One Inch at a Time

Each time you divide your hair into different sections, go for one-inch sections of hair.  Be patient, it is okay to go slow – this will let you have perfect and long lasting straight hair.

If you find using a flat iron often is damaging the hair, take a break from straightening, change the heat settings and/ or use hydrating shampoo and / or conditioner, it is always important to keep your hair healthy.

The best style you can give your hair is by taking care of it.

I hope these tips help with next time you straighten your hair.

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