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How To Straighten Curly Hair

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 10:27 am

Self Portrait Tuesday: Straight HairI noticed that someone had linked to one of my photos online. She was asking for help:

HAIRR! helpp?

ok how do u get hair like this: Image – TinyPic – Share the Experience!™
& this:
Image – TinyPic – Share the Experience!™
& this!
Image – TinyPic – Share the Experience!™
to look like this: Pick Me! » Self Portrait Tuesday: Straight Hair
or this:
110907-beautiful-hair.gif (GIF Image, 447×332 pixels)

Here is my answer:

Since you used one of my pictures as an example (Straight Hair), I thought I would answer it. Thanks for using my picture, by the way. My hair usually looks like this (Curly Hair), so getting it straight is a 45 minute chore.

Cheap Shampoo and Conditioner from FlickrI wash my hair with the cheapest shampoo I can buy (Suave or Kirkland brand from Costco). I use a similarly chosen conditioner either the free stuff that came with the shampoo or something from Aussie Naturals.

I blow dry my hair holding my head upside down with no product. I continually brush while blowing it dry. When I’m finished blowing my hair dry, it looks just like your before photos: frizzy and BIG.

After the hair dryer, I put about a grape-sized amount of Bio-Silk on my hair (I have long hair, so use less for shorter hair). Then I partition my hair and use a hair straightener on each and every strand.

BioSilk, Hair Dryer, Straightener and Brush from Flickr

The reason my hair looks so healthy and shiny (despite the grueling hair blower and straightener) is because I only straighten my hair once or twice a year. The rest of the year, I just put some Three-Minute Miracle and hairspray on my wet hair and let it air dry.

It took me ten years to learn how to straighten my curly, frizzy hair. Now that I know the secret, I rarely bother with it. The moment I decided that I wasn’t going to bother with my hair anymore, my life became simpler and happier, but I distinctly remember all those years wishing I could have sleek and shiny hair. When I finally got it, however, I found out I was the same person I always was.

Now, I only go straight for special occasions. Maybe I’ll straighten my hair today just for the fun of it. Nah… I have better things to do with that 45 minutes.


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