5 tips for getting shiny, straight hair at home

Sally25Sally25
Jul. 20, 2020
If you want to straighten your hair but don’t want to go to a salon, here’s what you need to watch out for.
Not everyone has the time and money to sit in a salon for a hair-straightening treatment. The good news, however, is that you can actually straighten your hair at home with a simple pair of straighteners. However, if you’ve tried it a few times and aren’t getting the results you want, you’re probably doing it wrong. Don’t give up – DIY hair-straightening works and it’s much easier than you think. You’re probably just missing a few tricks that’re needed to get you there, which is what this article will give you.
  • Healthy hair = longer-lasting blowouts
  • Many people start at completely the wrong place. Straightening your hair is hardly your main concern if you’ve got dry, brittle hair that’s frizzed up in a messy ball. On the other hand, some people complain that their treatment barely lasted a week. Both of these things depend on your hair’s health. And that’s why straightening isn’t your end-all and be-all solution to healthy, sleek and beautiful hair. To get silky smooth hair, you can apply healthy oils like coconut to replenish the lost oils on your hair. Strong, healthy hair can stand heat better, which means that your blow-out will last for longer.
  • Start with completely dry hair
  • You’ll really want to start with dry hair. Because if you start with wet, or even damp hair, you could end up with disastrous results. By disastrous I mean end up with a patchy scalp because you’re missing a piece of hair that’s stuck to your iron. If you have curly hair, it’s also worthwhile to blow-dry first. Invest in a good one, with a concentrator attachment. Then, using your brush, lift a section of your hair from the underside and apply heat from above. Move your brush and the blow-dryer along the length of your hair slowly until the kinks are gone. Doing this lets you get rid of the worst kinks before you start, and also ensures your hair is dry. They say important things should be repeated three times, so here’s your last time: start with dry hair.
  • Apply hairspray first before straightening
  • Far from being just a post-styling product, a light-hold hairspray applied before you start the straightening can help keep your hair straight for longer. This is especially effective if you have curly or wavy hair, and if the weather’s particular humid. Watch out you don’t go for something too heavy though – a heavy spray can make your hair crispy after flat ironing, which is probably not exactly the look you were after. If you’re wondering what kind of light-hold hair sprays are good, you can take a look at some dry shampoos for inspiration. 
  • Let your straightener follow a fine-tooth comb
  • It’s actually not just the iron that does all the hard work when you straighten your hair. A top tip is to attach a fine-tooth comb to a section of your hair and let the straightener follow. The comb can remove kinks before the heat from the straightener hits it, meaning you don’t have to keep going back and forth on the same section, therefore reducing the damage done to your hair. Combine this with a blow-dry ahead of the straightening treatment and you’ve got yourself a winning combo for getting sleek, straight hair every time.
  • Choose thermal protectors with less oil
  • Oil looks beautiful. You can get that really sought-after slick, shiny, glossy look with oil after your apply it. However, in the long term, this can end up damaging your hair. So thermal protectors that contain less oil is probably a better choice, especially if you’re the type that needs to whip our your straightener every morning. 
    Like playing the piano, consistency is key. If you’re wondering why you’re getting different or suboptimal results each time, it’s probably because you’re not repeating and refining the same technique each time. Make sure when you’re straightening that you’re not starting mid-shaft, but are straightening the entire piece of hair, by following through from root to end. That way, you’ll avoid creating uneven textures all over your hair by applying the straightener a different number of times to each section of hair.
    Do you have any more top tips for straightening your hair at home? Share them in the comments section below!
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