How to Straighten Your Curls Safely

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One of the reasons curly hair is so hard to maintain and manage is that curly hair tends to be drier than straight hair, and the drier the hair, the more it’s likely to break. And when we talk about straightening curly hair, we’re talking about exposing curly hair to heat which will dry the hair further. This will worsen the damage to your fragile curly hair.

If you want to know how to straighten your curls safely, this quick guide is what you need to go through!

Prepare Your Hair for Straightening

You should first prepare your hair for straightening. For this, wash your curly hair with a straightening shampoo and conditioner. This shampoo and conditioner aren’t like your regular shampoo and conditioner for curly. It’s formulated specifically to prepare your hair for the upcoming heat treatment.

Apply Leave-In Conditioner

Apply leave-in conditioner generously to moisturize your hair. A Leave-in conditioner will also offer protection from the heat during straightening.

Apply Heat-Protectant Spray

Spritz heat-protectant spray generously over your hair. This would provide your hair additional protection against the heat from the flat iron.

Let Your Hair Dry Thoroughly

After you’ve applied all the above-listed products, let your hair dry completely. This would reduce the friction during hair straightening and minimize heat damage. Use a detangling brush to detangle the knots before you start straightening your curls.

Start Straightening Your Hair

Divide your hair into sections so you can easily straighten your curl mass, section by section. Start with the layers on the bottom and move up gradually. Once you’ve straightened all your hair, look in the mirror to see if any strands need a final touch-up with the flat iron. If yes, straighten these strands, and you’re done!

The key to straightening your curls safely is to apply heat-protecting products formulated for curly hair. Not applying any heat-protecting products to your curly hair prior to straightening will cause severe damage to your hair.

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