Curly haired ladies celebrate, because you can have the best of both worlds. Celebrities make it look so effortless when they take their curly strands to straight. Here’s how to straighten curly hair like Shakira does. Follow these step by step tips for the easiest curly to straight style transition.
To straighten curly hair, your hair needs to be specially prepared with straightening hair care products. Start in the shower by using a great straightening shampoo like Pureology’s Super Straight Shampoo and follow it with a straightening conditioner like Pureology’s Super Straight Conditioner. Once out of the shower towel dry locks and using a leave-in conditioner of your choice (we like Graham Webb Silk Repair Silk Protein Leave-In Conditioner). Spray onto hair and then using a wide tooth comb, comb through hair gently. Next, run a straightening serum through strands. Stick with Pureology’s Straight Line and use their Super Straight Relaxing Balm for super straight results.
If your hair is mildly to moderately curly, you can blow dry your hair straight using a paddle brush. However, if your hair is overly curly and/or kinky, then you’ll want to blow dry your hair using an extra large barrel round brush, working the blow dryer and brush together from root to tip. When hair is completely dry and before you flat iron, you should use a heat protectant like Frederic Fekkai Coif Defense on hair.
Before straightening your hair with a flat iron, you will want to gather all your hair from the ears up and twist it onto the top of your head and secure it with a large clip or bobby pins. This will hold hair out of the way while you focus on the section of hair to be straightened. Now you can begin straightening your hair. Start by clamping the iron around the section close to the roots, and slowly run the iron over the hair fluidly down to the hair shaft. You may need to run the flat iron through your hair more than once to fully straighten and smooth the section. Repeat with each section until you are pleased with the results.
Once you have flat ironed all of your hair, your curly coif should be turned into silky straight strands. To finish this style and give it a beautiful gleam, spray a shine spray all over strands. Try one like Redken Vinyl Glam Mega Shine Spray, which does give you mega shine. Run your fingers through to distribute the shine droplets. Enjoy your silky, shiny, straight strands.
Expert Tip: Whether you straighten your hair once a day, once a week, or once in a blue moon, the most important thing to remember is to keep your locks well moisturized. Keep your hair healthy by washing your hair with a moisturizing shampoo containing lots of natural ingredients 2-3 times per week as opposed to everyday.
Article Written By: Kristle Jones; Kristle is an accomplished writer, cosmetologist, and mom from Southern California. She uses her knowledge and experience in the beauty and hair industry, as well as her experience as a new mommy, to write articles and blogs for DivaVillage.com and VillageMAMA.com.