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Straightening your hair can be difficult and also very damaging. So, has put together a three part, step-by-step guide to help you get the best results while doing minimal damage to your hair.

Part One: Straightening

What You'll Need

  • A Wide Tooth Comb
  • A Hair-dryer
  • A Straightening Iron
  • Hair Moisturizer
  • A Tail Comb
  • Butterfly Clips
  • Thermal Protection Spray
  • Straightening Balm
  • Smoothing Shine
  • Hairspray
  • A Paddle Brush

Shampoo hair

Step 1 - Shampoo and condition the hair and then towel dry.

Apply straightening balm

Step 2 - Apply a small amount of straightening balm and a small amount of hair moisturizer to the mid-lengths and the ends of your hair. It's important to make sure that you do not get any straightening balm on your roots as it will be heavy on the hair and will make it look oily. Using your wide tooth comb, comb the hair so there are no tangles.

Use hair-dryer

Step 3 - Your hair needs to be dry to use the straightening iron so you will have to dry it off with a hair-dryer. Remember to aim the air down the hair shaft to minimize frizz and to make the hair easier to straighten. If your hair is very curly or frizzy, run through it with a paddle brush to smooth the hair out and to help achieve a smoother result once the hair has been ironed.

Section hair

Step 4 - Part your hair into place and then section your hair into 3 sections and leave a 1 inch section out at your nape.

Apply protection spray

Step 5 - Holding the thermal protection spray approximately 1 inch from your first section, lightly spritz the spray into the hair. Repeat this step in every section before you run the iron through to protect your hair from the harshness of the heat of the iron.

Straighten hair

Step 6 - Now it's time to start straightening. Place the comb in your first section at the base of your hair and slightly slide the comb down and place the iron right above it in a horizontal position. Keep sliding the comb and the straightener directly down to the ends of your hair, keeping the hot irons vertical the whole time.

Straighten hair

Step 7 - Work your way through the back of your hair remembering to lightly spray thermal protection spray in each section. Once you've completed one section, continue to the other two sections using the same method.

Apply smoothing shine

Step 8 - Now that you've finished, apply a drop of smoothing shine into the palms of your hair and then rub them together before dispensing the smoothing shine to the mid-lengths and ends to tame any frizzy bits.

Straight hair

Finished Result!

Now that you know how to straighten, take a look at part 2 and part 3 of our hair straightener special to find out how to flick and curl!

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