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How to Straighten Hair: Three Ways

Straight hair looks elegant and alluring. Small wonder the sleek look is so popular. There are various hair straightening techniques you can choose from. Blow-drying while pulling your hair over a round or paddle brush will work. Using a flat iron or applying a semi-permanent hair straightener also leads to straight hair.

While experimenting with hairstyles, women braid, pin up, color and curl their hair. Sooner or later, most women also discover the sleek look. Models all over the world embrace sleek hairstyles. On and off the catwalks between Los Angeles and Cannes, sleek hair intrigues and gets attention. Go ahead and try on the sleek style! You will be surprised how this look actually lends itself to so many variations. The best way to straighten your hair depends on your style and how long you want your hair to remain straight. Keep reading to find the right straightening method for your hair and style.

Hair Straightening: Blow-Drying over a Round/Paddle Brush

The classic hair straightening method involves pulling your hair over a round or paddle brush while blow-drying it. Most women have these tools at hand. In this method, strands of the towel-dried hair are rolled over a brush, briefly treated to a stream of blow-dryer air and then pulled straight through the brush. A round brush works best for short hair while a paddle brush is more suitable for long hair. Straightening your hair is easier after applying a straightening lotion or spray. Some straightening hair products also contain heat protectant to save your hair from being damaged and drying out during blow-drying. Straightening your hair by pulling it over a round or paddle brush while blow-drying it is very simple and the effect lasts one day. However, women with naturally curly hair at best create wavy hair with this method.

How to Straighten Hair: The Flat Iron Method

Using a flat iron is a more effective hair straightening technique. We recommend this method for women with naturally curly hair and for women who are not satisfied with the blow dryer-and-brush straightening.


Don’t forget to work heat protectant through your towel-dried hair (preferably by combing your hair with a wide-toothed comb) before you use the flat iron. Now you are ready to pull sections of your hair through the flat iron in a swift, continuous motion. Flat irons with ceramic or other coatings work best because they warm the hair evenly and gently. This method keeps hair straight for up to two days. Briefly straighten re-appearing waves after the first night. With practice your hair straightening skills will improve.


Be sure to give your hair a conditioning treatment for dry and damaged hair once a week to prevent lasting hair damage.

Semi-Permanent Hair Straightening Using a Blow-Dry Straightening Kit

This method shows you how to straighten curly hair, frizzy or very unruly hair. Simply apply a straightening blow-dry kit to achieve sleek hair. The hair is straightened in two steps. In the first step, straightening serum containing keratin, silk and wheat proteins is applied to the hair, which is then combed straight. After 20 minutes, use lukewarm water to rinse out the straightening serum. The serum not only straightens hair but also makes it supple and smooth. After the serum treatment, apply a sealer for ten minutes while combing your hair straight a couple of times. The sealer ensures that your hair stays sleek and straight. Applying the straightening kit keeps hair straight through up to ten shampoos. After shampooing, you may like to use your blow dryer to freshen up the sleek look. In an instant, your already visibly straighter hair will be as straight and supple as you want it to be.


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