As you may have noticed, I’ve been wearing my hair straight more frequently this year, more than ever! I love my curls, but it was time to try new things and I’ve been enjoying wearing my hair differently every couple of weeks or so. Over time I’ve developed a technique that streamlined the process and creates straight hair that last about 4 days. Here is a list of my 9 essential hair straightening tools, and I hope these can be of use to you, as well!
While it used to take an hour plus to flat iron my hair, I’ve gotten the process down to the 20 – 30 minute mark. Here are my curls before.
And my hair straight (and then curled again) after. And yes, my hair is definitely a bit longer when I wear it straight!
My 9 Esssential Hair Straightening Tools:
1. A Wide Tooth Comb
To get the party started, I use a wide tooth comb ($3.99) on dry hair that’s been washed the day before. I’ll use a bit of my heat protectant to help detangle my curls and get it ready for the flat iron.
2. A Leave-In Conditioner
When I’m washing my hair in preparation for using the flat iron, I’ll use moisturizing products and make sure to add in the best leave-in conditioner of all time ever, the Living Proof No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner ($24). With all the heat you’re going to inflict upon your hair, it’s wise to baby it as best as you can before and after.
3. A Heat Protectant
Hot tools can really do a number on hair, so to make sure your hair stays in good condition a heat protectant is ESSENTIAL! I’ve been using Blowout Beauty Anti-Frizz Volume Boost Treatment Oil ($45) for a while now, and it leaves me with great results. It does contain silicone, but I use it sparingly and haven’t had any build up problems. Another great product for this purpose is the TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray ($4.89)
4. A Flat Iron
At the moment I’m using a flat iron from Karmin G3 Salon Pro Hair Styling Iron ($160) that I reviewed a few years ago. It’s a work horse that gets super hot and gets the job done quickly with only 2 or 3 passes needed per section of hair.
5. Alligator Clips
Alligator clips are another essential for sectioning off my hair and keeping it in place when all is said and done. I would be lost without these nifty tools!
Elnett ($14.99) is a hairspray I’ve been using for years and it really does keep my hair in place when I’ve completely finished styling my hair.
7. Styling Tools
After flat ironing I always need to add a little bit of volume to my hair, which is when I reach for my Voloom or T3 Micro Twirl 360. I also love and adore the Hot Tools 1″ Salon Curling Iron/Wand ($49.99), which works really well to create long-lasting mermaid curls.
8. A Dry Shampoo
Batiste Dry Shampoo ($7.99) will be your best friend in the days to come after you’ve straightened your hair. I typically wear a head band to the gym to absorb sweat and rely heavily on a dry shampoo to keep my hair looking it’s best. Just don’t do what I did recently and mistake a sample size of hairspray for a similarsized dry shampoo! It was a disaster!
Here’s a look at how I use a dry shampoo on my curly hair – it’s also exactly how I use it on my straight hair.
When you’re ready to get back to your curls, a deep conditioning treatment is in order. I’ll co-wash my hair with Dermorganic Intensive Hair Repair Masque ($18), which is literally one of the best conditioning treatments I have ever used, if not the best.
Here are some quick tips for straightening your hair:
1. Wash your hair the day before. I use moisturizing products and always, always, always the Living Proof No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner.
2. You will have to touch up your hair every day, but the process will only take about 5 minutes or so. Some people sleep with their hair in braids or buns, but I just throw it backwards, which is what I do with my curls, as well.
3. A sweat band for the gym and dry shampoo will be your best friends. Trust.
A few months ago I created a quick video sharing my flat ironing technique.
I hope this list is helpful to your future hair straightening endeavors? What are some of your essential beauty tools for straightening your hair?