Straightening Curly Hair
Easy Methods for Straightening Curly Hair
It is common for one group of people to wish they had straight hair and another group to look for ways of straightening curly hair. As the old saying goes, “People seem to want what they do not have”, which is definitely true when it comes to hair. Of course, some people with curly hair simply want a temporary solution so they can wear the hair curly if wanted or straight. However, some people with curly hair are tired of the look and want a more permanent solution. Regardless, we wanted to provide some helpful tips for both temporary and permanent methods of straightening curly hair.
Temporary Hair Straightening Methods
We will start by looking at methods for straightening curly hair on a temporary basis. Let us say you had an important business meeting, a special night on the town, or perhaps you woke up on a day with high humidity only to find your hair out of control, you could achieve a completely different look with any of the following methods, which are both effective and safe.
- Blow it Out – One of the easiest options is to use a large round brush and blow dryer. After washing your hair, dry it with a towel to get as much moisture out as possible. The, place the large round brush under the hair, making sure you start the downward brushing motion as close to the scalp as you can. As you pull the brush down, hold the blow dryer so the air hits the hair and follows the downward motion of the brush. This will pull the curls out, giving you sleek, straight hair. Now, if your hair is extra thick, you might flip your head over after towel drying, blowing your hair for just a minute or two to remove moisture.
- Flat Iron – A flat iron also works great for straightening curly hair temporarily. For the best results, be sure to invest in a good ceramic flat iron, one that measures one and one-half to two inches wide. Start at the roots, working your way down the hair while allowing the heat of the flat iron to pull curls out. Make sure you do not hold the hot iron in place to avoid burning or damaging the hair. Along with straightened hair, you would notice increased shininess.
Permanent Hair Straightening Methods
Straightening curly hair so it remains straight would need to be done using the right hair product. Keep in mind that although using a hair product would be considered “permanent”, the process would need to be repeated according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Although we recommend you have your hair permanently straightened by a professional, a number of products are now sold that are safe for straightening curly hair at home.
For the at-home products, hair should be washed and conditioned first, using products sold with the chemical. From there, Ammonium Thioglycolate in lotion form is applied, which softens curls by releasing internal stresses on the curls. Then, for straightening curly hair at home, following application of the product, you would use a flat iron. When done, a neutralizer is applied to the hair, which helps by locking the hair into its new straight position.
When a high quality product is used, the process of removing curls at home would last anywhere from six to eight months. Of course, the degree of curliness and the way your particular hair responds would determine just how long the product would work. In addition to this method of straightening curly hair providing smoothness, you would also notice that any fuzziness would be eliminated, leaving the hair silky and smooth.