I don’t know about you but when I used to see commercials that had models with sleek, shiny, and straight hair I really started hating on them. For years when I flat ironed my hair, my hair never looked like those models on t.v. It would be straight but stringy and greasy with no movement. Pretty much the opposite of everything you want when you’ve spent 2 hours straightening your hair. But I’ve discovered that there are some secrets to flat ironing your natural hair that can give you that bouncy, glossy, and sleek look that you see in the commercials..or at least get you pretty dang close.
Use the Best Flat Irons on the Market
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Use the Best Hair Straightening Products and Heat Protectants
Using a good quality flat iron is very important but it’s also important to use products that can protect your hair from heat damage, make your hair straighter and sleeker, and protect it from humidity and other elements of the weather. Check these products out.
Moisture Block Product Sabino Lok and Blok
Heat Protectant FHI Heat Hot Sauce
Straighter Hair Product CHI Straight Guard Smoothing Styling Cream 8.5 oz
Use the Best Flat Ironing Techniques and Tips
Okay so now you’ve got the right flat iron and the right products to go with them. Here are some of my favorite flat ironing tips to get your straightest and bounciest hair ever.
1) Don’t use too much product. It is better to use to little product than use too much. You can always use more but it is hard to take product off of your hair once it is there. The reason why you don’t want to use so much product is because it will weigh your hair down and your hair won’t swing or “swang” like you want it to. If you are using a crème, start off using a dime sized amount. If you are using spray, just lightly spray each larger section of your hair once. It’ll get the job done
2) Use the chase method I have some of the hardest hair to straighten known to man but I got my best presses using the chase method. The chase method is when you comb or brush through your hair first and then immediately follow through with the flat iron. The brush I used for this method is exactly like this brush:Conair Go Straight Hair Brush
3) Use small sections Using small sections of hair will ensure that you get all of your hair straight. When I would use larger sections of hair I would find lots of sections of my hair that would still be wavy because the flat iron wouldn’t be able to heat and straighten every strand of hair. Not what you want after a two hour flat iron session.
4) Get down to the roots When you think about it, movement in your hair starts at the root. The ends of your hair can be bone straight but if you don’t straighten the roots of your hair, you will not have that swing and bounce like you want. Just be careful to not burn yourself. Get as close to your scalp as possible without touching the scalp. Trust me on this…you don’t want to burn your scalp.
5) Have patience Because I have so much hair, it would take me forever (if forever can be considered two hours or less) to flat iron my hair. By the second hour, I would get so tired and frustrated that I would start to forget the techniques that had started doing in the beginning. Don’t give up. You don’t want one half of your hair to be fly and the other half to be tragic. If you don’t have somewhere pressing to go, take a break for a while and then come back to it.
In the end you’ll be glad you took the time to do it right. So remember, if you use just a little product, apply some tension on small sections, starting at the roots So remember, if you are patient, only use a little product, and apply some tension to small sections of your hair starting at the roots you should have the sleekest and straightest hair possible.
If you have some more fly flat ironing tips, please share them in the comment box.