Natural hair is lovely, but it requires special care. If you regularly straighten your hair, there are some mistakes you need to avoid making to ensure that your hair is healthy and that it looks the way you want it to. Ready to get gorgeous straight hair without damaging it? Read on for the tips that can help you do it just right.
1. You Aren’t Rinsing Your Conditioner out Well Enough
If you see smoke when you apply the straightener to your hair, you probably aren’t rinsing the conditioner from your hair adequately enough. You could also be using too much conditioner. Try cutting back just a little bit on how much you use and make sure you rinse very well with warm water after you apply the conditioner.
2. You Straighten Sections That Are Too Large
When you straighten natural hair, it’s important to work in sections. However, if your sections are too large, it can interfere with the stick straight look you want. Work in small sections, keeping the others clipped out of the way and you’ll get your hair straight all over without a ton of extra work.
3. Not Attaching the Comb to Your Blow Dryer
The comb attachment that came with your blow dryer is ideal for helping straighten your hair. As you comb through your strands, the air can get all the way through your natural hair because the tines of the comb separate your strands so that the air can reach all the surfaces, which will result in a straight look without a ton of frustration.
4. Blow Drying in the Wrong Direction
According to experts, it’s best to blow dry natural hair up and back on the top of your head, which ensures plenty of volume without having to worry about damage to your hair. When you get to the sides and back of your head, blow dry the hair in a downward motion. This technique will get you the gorgeous look you crave.
5. Using a Straightener without Temperature Control
If your straightening iron only has one temperature, it’s time to invest in a new one. You want a straightener that you can adjust. The thin, fine hairs at the front of your head don’t need as much heat to get straight. However, the thicker hair on other parts of your head might need a higher temp to get them straight. An adjustable straightener is definitely the way to go.
6. You Apply Too Much Product
Natural hair will respond to a variety of products, but you don’t want to use a heavy hand. Too much can leave your strands looking greasy and oily rather than sleek and smooth. Start with a small amount of product and if it isn’t doing the trick, use just a small bit more until you find the right balance.
7. You Don’t Use Dry Shampoo
Dry hair is much easier to straighten than damp hair. Instead of washing it all the time, consider using dry shampoo from time to time to extend the life of your style so you don’t have to heat style so often that you risk damaging your hair. Dry shampoo helps soak up the grease and built up product in your hair so you never want to get caught without it.
How do you straighten your natural hair? Do any of these tips make it easier for you?