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How to Straighten Your Natural Hair Using Heat

by MSTY Writers

Straightening your natural hair does not need to be a tragic event if you are planning use heat. You can straighten natural hair using heat without doing any damage. Let's face it, if you have thick, long, natural, kinky hair, straightening this hair can be a real hassle at times. After all, you have to fight frizz, shrinkage and in some instances, you dryness to content with throughout the process. 

Using heat to convert your naturally, coily hair to straight hair without doing any heat damage can feel daunting. 

This article is going to teach you the proper way to straighten your natural hair, achieving salon results at home! Follow these instructions carefully and you can get those silk press results without spending silk press money.

What You Need:

  • a clarifying shampoo
  • a moisturizing deep conditioner or hair masque
  • a leave in conditioner
  • a thermal heat spray or heat protectant
  • a wide tooth comb
  • a paddle brush


...And Don't Forget to Bring:

  • a boar bristle brush
  • an oil sheen (optional)
  • a blow dryer
  • a ceramic flat iron (preferably tourmaline
  • clips
  • a hair oil (optional)
  • plastic cap

What you'll do:

Thoroughly shampoo your hair with a clarifying cleanser. This step is vital because you want to start with a fresh, clean base. A clarifying shampoo will remove any dirt and build up so that your hair will come out light and fluffy. If straightening is something you do on a regular basis, then you may alternate between a clarifying shampoo and a moisturizing shampoo so that you do not dry your hair out.

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Next, once you have cleansed your hair and scalp, begin applying your moisturizing deep conditioner and/or hair masque all throughout the hair. You should apply this product from root to tip, getting heavier as you get closer to the bottom. Because your roots are new growth, they don't require as much product. You must allow this to sit for at least 20 minutes with a shower cap or plastic bag. If you would like, you may sit under a hooded dryer for better penetration. Also, sealing your conditioner with a hair oil also helps lock in nutrients.

Once you have rinsed out your deep conditioner, you may begin sectioning your hair to apply your leave-in conditioner. This serves as both a softener and a heat protectant that will shield your hair from the heat of the blow dryer. You should have at least four sections.

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After applying the leave in conditioner, thoroughly detangle each section with your wide tooth comb from tip to root. Clip them out of the way once you are finished. Now, you may begin to blow dry your hair.

Going section by section, use your paddle brush to move down the strands alongside the blow dryer. This should be done in uniform motion, to get the best results. Do not be overly rough so as to avoid breakage and be sure that you blow dry until there are no damp spots!

Once you have successfully blow dried your hair, spray it with your thermal spray and/or heat protectant. This is going to serve as a layer to shield your hair from possible damage of the straightener. Now, put your hair back into sections so that it will be easier to straighten.

Taking your ceramic flat iron, you are going to begin flat ironing. Be sure that your temperature is cohesive with your hair type. Hair that is naturally straight should not exceed 350 degrees. Hair that is naturally wavy should not exceed 375 degrees. Hair that is naturally curly should not exceed 400 degrees. Hair that is naturally kinky should not exceed 450 degrees.

When flat ironing, take small sections of no more than two inches. Use your boar bristle brush, starting at the root, to pull the hair taught. This action is going to give you the smoothest results. Make sure that you hold your flat iron directly behind it, and chase it down to the ends.
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The drag should not be extremely slow as this will burn the hair and cause creasing, but it should not be extremely fast because it will not have enough time to fully straighten. Your speed should be approximately between 0.5 and 1 second per inch. Do this to your entire head.

At this point, you have straightened your entire head of hair! If you would like some extra sheen than you may spray a shine spray or oil sheen. Be sure to LIGHTLY mist the hair so as to not weigh it down. After that, you are done.

That is how you properly straighten natural hair! Applying these tips in your styling routine is guaranteed to give you better aesthetic and more longevity. Before using heat to straighten your hair, make sure that your hair is healthy and ready to withstand this process.