Natural hair straightening is not always the easiest task to pursue. In fact, it’s filled with frustration! You can achieve beautifully straightened natural hair if you know the right tips. You need to know several things about natural hair straightening before you begin.
Get the right straightening products and straightening tools. Additionally, you’ll need to learn how to best prep your hair for straightening as well as how to maintain your straight hair style.
Being prepared with the right tips will keep you from feeling frustrated when trying to straighten your natural hair.
Natural Hair Straightening Products
There are many products on the market today that help with straightening all types of curly hair. There are shampoos, conditioners, gels, serums, creams and all sorts of things claiming to help with straightening hair.
Being naturally curly for the past 3 years, I have tried them all! I have found that you need to have a nice slick straightening serum and a straightening lotion. Kenra has a nice straightening serum and Maxius Beyond Straight.
These products will help silken and smooth your hair to prepare it for straightening as well as provide heat protection from blow dryers, curling irons, and flat irons.
Hair Straightening Tools
Natural Hair Straightening Natural Hair Straightening Tips
The most common tool used to straighten natural hair is the flat iron. Flat ironing natural hair should be doing using a high quality ceramic flat iron with a temperature control. Check out my article on choosing the best flat iron for hair.
For natural hair straightening, I recommend that you either air dry your hair first or set it on large rollers first. This will eliminate at least one step of heat. However, if you’re rushed for time (which you should never be when dealing with your hair!), you can choose to blow dry your hair before flat ironing. Here’s an article with step by step instructions on roller setting natural hair.
Make sure to use the blow dryer on a lower heat setting even though it could take longer. Your hair will get plenty of heat from the flat iron.
The flat iron is a revolutionary hair tool when it comes to having versatility with natural hair! Using a flat iron too often can be dangerous. Even if you’re occasionally using it, you should always make sure your hair is prepared to handle it.
Preparing for Natural Hair Straightening
Because straightening natural hair can lead to damage, you should always practice healthy hair care which include conditioning and deep conditioning as well as managing any dryness or damage issues. In fact, if you have damage you should not be straightening your natural hair.
Because straightening can cause adverse affects on hair, you should deep condition prior to and following straightening your hair. Using a protein conditioner will help strengthen your hair and target any weak spots within the hair cuticle.
Along with keep up healthy hair care habits before and after straightening, you should also practice it during.
Maintaining Straight Hair
This is THE most difficult thing that naturals face! You can get your hair straight, but how do you keep it that way? For the most part this has to do with the products and tools that you use.
- Using the proper products will help your hair to stay straight longer.
- Try to keep from sweating by blowing a fan at night.
- Wrap your hair in a scarf tightly (but not too tight!) with satin rollers to keep the style.
- The hairline edges have a big tendency to revert. Try using a creme product or a wax stick. Brush it down and put on your scarf to set it for about 20 minutes or so.
NEVER, EVER re-straighten your hair without washing it first! There are so many tips and tricks to keeping hair straight.
Natural hair straightening is a great option for styling natural hair. It can be stylish and something different than the curly look. However, you must take extra, extra special care of your hair by ensuring you use the right products and tools as well as practicing healthy hair techniques.I hope you now understand more about natural hair straightening.