How to Straighten Natural Hair

From heated to heatless straightening methods, here you will become acquainted with how to straighten natural hair. You can get the most silky soft, stretched, flowing tresses for any special occasion using any of these 4 temporary straightening techniques. Be warned that straightening natural hair too often can result in damaging one's natural curl pattern. So, perform these techniques sparingly.

#1 - Blow Out

Blowout Tip:
Use Round Brush
Technique

Blow drying your hair can offer naturals the most manageable head of hair for a bantu knot out or a twist out. In those cases, a bone straight blow out is not necessary. However, if you want a bone straight head of hair for a special event, blow drying can also be your option. Just remember to towel dry your hair before you begin blowing. This way, water does not cause bubbles to form inside your hair shaft. Also, always apply a heat protectant to your hair from root to tip when blow drying. You will get the best results when you separate into sections.

If you desire the feathery, Farah Fawcett-esque hair of a Dominican blowout, use a round brush to stretch the hair and add body while applying the heat of the blow dryer through a thin nozzle. This takes some practice and skill to master. If your hair can withstand medium to high heat, this method will be able to give you the straightest result and flowing movement. Whether you’ve got wavy locks or type 4c natural hair, this is a great method of hair straightening.

#2 - Instyler Rotating Iron

This one-of-a-kind product is different than other more traditional irons because it is equipped with a special automatic rotating cylinder that equally distributes the heat so that your hair is styled as the rotating iron passes through different sections of your hair. The effect of this styling tool is jaw-dropping because very curly or coarse hair can be transformed to a silky, smooth lock of hair in one sweep.

Combining the heat of a titanium iron, the polish of a brush, and the airy effect of a hair dryer, it definitely makes natural hair straight with the body and movement you get from a blow out. All of this is provided for you without the cost and the permanent hair damage associated with more traditional styling methods.  Interestingly, the Instyler Rotating Iron now comes in different sizes to accommodate both short natural hair and long natural hair.

#3 - Keratin Hair Straightener

Keratin TIp:
Visit a Black Hair Salon for this Procedure

The Brazilian Keratin Treatment is an innovative process that transforms the hair without chemically altering the hair structure. This Brazilian hair straightener is a keratin-based solution that gently relaxes the hair and removes frizz. As its name suggests, the process was developed in Brazil, boasting one of the world’s largest hair and beauty industries.

The Brazilian Keratin Treatment can also be applied to all hair types from wavy hair to 4c natural hair. It lasts much longer than a blow out or Instyled hair. And the treatment, unlike relaxers, does not permanently break the bonds of the hair, so the hair can gradually revert back to its natural hair texture.

Lasting 2-4 months, this frees the naturalista to either repeat the process or to go back to wearing her hair curly. The drawbacks are that the Brazilian Straightening Treatment is costly with prices ranging anywhere between $150 and $350 and the formaldehyde chemical used in the solution is potentially harmful to skin and lungs.

#4 - Straightening Shampoo and Conditioner

You may think that shampoos are just for cleansing. However, straightening or smoothing shampoos can provide similar benefits of a Keratin treatment without the cost or the chemicals.

These systems help to prep hair, making it easier to straighten with a blow dryer or flat iron. Smoother hair straightens easier and looks shinier and less frizzy. It also cuts down on the amount of heat you have to apply.

Without the use of harsh chemicals like formaldehyde and sodium hydroxide, the Black hair care company Organic Root Stimulators created a Straightening and Strengthening Treatment by HAIRepair that grants you straight tresses in three steps: 1) Prepare hair with the Clarifying Shampoo 2) Treat and protect hair with the foam activator and Smooth & Seal Leave-in Conditioner 3) Finally use your blow dryer and flat iron to achieve your bone straight look without much effort or elbow grease.

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