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How to Straighten Curly Hair for a Smooth Finish

Calling all curly-haired girls! Does smooth, straight hair feel impossible to achieve? Spending what seems like days straightening your locks just for there to be kinks, flyaways and frizz is the worst. But don’t worry – silky straight hair is in sight! Keep reading as we explain how to make curly hair straight for a smooth finish. Ready? Time to go from curly to straight hair! 

How to Straighten Curly Hair 

Naturally curly hair can often be prone to dryness and damage, so you need to apply as much delicacy and care as possible when straightening. With time and patience, though, transitioning from curly to straight hair is easy! Follow our top tips and you can have beautiful straight locks with no unwanted damage or frizz! 

Step 1: Deeply Condition Hair 

Before you start straightening, it’s important to wash out any sebum build-up with shampoo. Then, use a leave-in conditioning treatment to strengthen strands and reduce frizz. 

This important step helps to lock in moisture to prevent it from escaping when you apply heat later on. The more moisture in your hair, the less likely you are to experience breakage – and less breakage means fewer flyaways! 

If possible, opt for a straightening shampoo and conditioner. They’re specifically formulated to control frizz for smoother results. 

Step 2: Air Dry Hair 

If you’ve got the time, we’d recommend letting hair air-dry to avoid using unnecessary heat. Gently squeeze as much water out as possible and use a towel to pat down any excess. Your hair should be dry at 60-70% for a best usage our the tool. 

Step 3: Section Hair 

One of our best tips for how to straighten curly hair is to part hair beforehand. Sectioning your hair makes straightening so much easier, as you can focus on one section at a time to ensure you don’t miss any curls!  

When going from curly to straight hair, we recommend starting from the underneath layers of your hair and working your way up. 

Step 4: Start Straightening 

Now you’ve done all the prep, it’s time to start the real job!  

Take a small section of hair and gently glide our One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler from root to tip for the straightest results. With two heat settings and detangling bristles, its large paddle design dries and smooths hair quickly, for a silky smooth finish.  

Repeat this action on all other sections until perfectly sleek and straight. Make sure to check you’ve not missed any pieces at the back, and don’t be afraid to go over any stubborn strands again! 

Step 5: Style Strands 

A crucial final step in how to make curly hair straight is to lock your newly straight hair in place.  

Lock your style by using the cool setting and then… 

Add a small amount of smoothing cream to pat down any flyaways and keep hair slick and set in place throughout the day. For any seriously uncooperative strands, use a small amount of hairspray to keep down. 

And that’s how to straighten curly hair for the smoothest results so you never have to battle with frizz or flyaways again! 

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