How to Straighten Curly Hair

By Erik Neilson , last updated June 8, 2011

For those who have naturally curly hair, wearing it straight can be a difficult process. Many people spend hours simply to get their hair to fall straight, only to have to repeat the ritual each morning. While straightening curly hair isn’t always easy, it’s far from impossible, as there are a variety of different methods that can be used to successfully straighten even the curliest of hair. Depending upon your preferences and lifestyle, one may be more suitable than another.



Brush & Blow-Dry
The most common method for straightening hair is to brush it and blow-dry it as soon as it is washed. Since most people have the necessary equipment on hand, this is a cost-effective method, although it is far from being the easiest. Ask a stylist to show you how to do it on your own, as brushing and blow-drying your hair straight can be damaging if you do not do it correctly. Once you’ve honed the skill, however, it will save you a great deal of time and money down the road.

Flatiron
For those who’d prefer not to straighten their hair by brushing and blow-drying it, using a flatiron may be the next best option. Since flatirons work on all hair-types, they’re ideal for those who have extremely curly hair. That said, using a flat-iron on a regular basis can be rather damaging to your hair, and is thus not always recommended by stylists, many of whom prefer the brushing and blow-drying method.


Products
If you don’t mind shelling out money on a semi-regular basis, there are plenty of hair products on the market that can assist in straightening your hair. While they are typically very effective, they sometimes have a steep learning curve. Also, styling products can make your hair feel greasy and unnatural if they're applied incorrectly.
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