Last Updated on September 11, 2022 by The Blessed Queens
Learning how to straighten natural hair is a art of it’s own! How many times have you tried straightening your hair and end up with a puff?!
I’ve done that and been there so today we are looking into ways to learn how to better straighten natural hair! So if you’re looking for ways to improve in this keep reading!
How To Straighten Natural Hair Like A Pro Stylist!
Learning how to straighten natural hair without chemicals might seem difficult but in reality it isnt.
All it takes is learning and practicing the right techniques to straighten natural hair at home with great results.
No matter your hair length there are plenty of hair straightening products that will help you achieve a sleek look without damaging your natural hair.
How to prepare your natural hair for straightening?
When you properly prepare your hair for straightening it can make a big difference in your final result.
Always start with Freshly Washed Hair!
Picking a sulfate free shampoo which is an excellent way to clean any build up from the hair is a great way to go about it.
Having a lot of styling products, oils, and conditioners can actually damage your hair so its always best to have a clean head of hair with the help of sulfate free shampoos!
Next, Condition your hair
It’s always adviced to condition your hair if you choose to use heat as one of your preferred methods of straightening so your hair can be well prepared to receive the heat.
Avoid Oils on your hair
Oils such as coconut, almond, and olive oils can actually cause much more damage if heat is applied to the hair (who wants to cook their hair? No one!).
Don’t skip your heat protectant
Try using a heat protectant treatment will help to protect your hair from being damaged, especially when heat is used.
Straightening Natural Hair with a Flat Iron
This involves blow drying the hair then using a flat iron. Don’t forget to apply your heat protectant and…
- Next, section all of the hair into four sections and secure with duckbill clips.
- Remove a clip from one section and blow dry in a downward motion using high air flow but medium heat.
- If you’re wanting a sleek look, use a flat paddle brush.
- While blow drying your hair you may happen to come across a tangle, be careful not to force the brush through the tangle. This causes unnecessary stress to the hair and can weaken the hair.
- Instead, gently remove the tangle with your fingers, beginning at the bottom.
- Continue with drying your hair until it is dry.
THE SECOND STEP TO STRAIGHTEN HAIR NATURALLY IS TO USE A FLAT IRON.
- Once your hair is completely dry, section the hair again.
- Begin with one of the sections you previously created, next take that section and section it again, while using a small tooth in front of the flat iron you will begin straightening your hair. This method is called the chasing method and will leave your hair bone straight.
- Move the small tooth comb and flat iron slowly down towards the end of your hair, but not to slow where you see smoke coming from your hair.
- The goal is to achieve the straightness desired with one pass of the flat iron. More than one pass significantly increases the risk of damaging the hair.
- It’s best to start pressing natural hair with a lower temperature setting on the flat iron. If more than one pass is needed, gradually increase the temperature until the desired amount of straightness is achieved with one pass. Type 4C hair can be straightened at 380 degrees and look wonderful.
- This method can last up to two weeks provided the hair is protected while sleeping. This is done by smoothing and wrapping the hair around the head, then secured with a satin scarf or head wrap.
- There are also a couple of methods to straighten hair without heat. This is ideal if you’re wanting to straighten hair without damage.
- It takes a bit more time but is also very effective. After washing the hair with a sulfate free shampoo, apply your favorite conditioner.
- Allow the hair to air dry. If you’re going to be sleeping while allowing your hair to dry, placing your hair into twists or four large braids, is recommended to prevent tangling.
- Once the hair is completely dry, the hair can be placed in large rollers then smoothed around the head and wrapped with plastic wrap. If this method is used, it’s suggested that a oil sheen or roller set foam be used.
- These products help loosen curls and straighten the hair shaft while leaving the hair straight, shiny and soft. Leave the rollers or plastic wrap in for a minimum of five hours or until the hair is completely dry. You can also sit under a hooded dryer with high air flow, and medium/low heat.
- Straightening short natural hair may seem to be a bit of a challenge but can also easily be done at home.
- If you want to use rollers, be sure to choose rollers that are small enough for the length of the hair to wrap around if possible.
HOW TO STRAIGHTEN NATURAL HAIR WITHOUT HEAT
Straightening your hair without heat might take a bit longer, the results are well worth it.
One method of straightening the hair without using heat is to use rollers or curlformers. Let’s get into them!
HOW TO STRAIGHTEN NATURAL HAIR USING ROLLERS
To roller set your hair for straightening, select the largest roller your hair can wrap around.
Divide the hair into sections that are as long and wide as the roller. Apply a smoothing or styling cream to that section of hair.
Smooth the ends of the hair onto the roller and roll the hair tightly.
Secure with a bobby pin or roller clip then use your preferred method of drying. Once the hair is dry, remove the rollers.
You can continue straightening the hair by wrapping it or simply style as usual.
If you are not a heat lover there are five common ways to straighten your natural black hair or combat shrinkage.
Remember to avoid using heavier styling products such shea butter and thick creams but opt for lighter oils such as coconut or tea tree oil.
Bunning is a technique that can be useful for looks that require you to stretch and straighten your natural hair that is shoulder length or longer.
How to Bun Your Hair
- Gently detangle your hair with light mists.
- Comb your hair straight up to the top of your head.
- Brush or trace your fingers through your tresses into a single bun.
- If using a hair band, remember not to pull the band too tight, or this may increase the risk of breakage and possibly create unwanted indentations.
- Leave hair up until dry.
Wrapping natural hair to achieve a stretched or straight hairstyle is a recommended heatless method for ladies with hair types ranging from 3C to 4A.
How to Wrap Your Natural Hair
- Section your hair into four parts and take your time to detangle the hair.
- Brush or comb your hair to the side, keeping it as straight as possible while brushing or combing, initiating the wrapping procedure.
- While brushing or combing your hair down one side, place pins in your hair to hold that section of hair in place along the perimeter of your head.
- Take the next section of hair on the same side of your head and repeat the process, wrapping your hair around your head.
- Repeat on the opposite side of the head.
- Cover your head with a wig cap. Allow hair to dry over an eight-hour period or longer.
- Take hair down and style.
Bantu Knotting method
If you want to master stretching with bantu knotting remember to focus on where you complete each knot and plan for ample drying time.
How to Create Bantu Knots
- Section hair into multiple small sections.
- Take each section of hair and wrap it into a single twist before wrapping it around the base of the section, then pinning it in place. Pinning will help to secure the knot.
- Take hair down once it’s dry and style as usual.
Braid or Twist to keep your natural hair straight
Braiding or twisting techniques will ultimately get you one step closer to hair that is straight and stretched without heat or relaxers.
How to Braid or Twist Your Hair
- Section your hair into multiple sections.
- Twist or braid each section of your hair from the root.
- Take each section and pin it to the opposite of the head.
- After hair is dry, take it down.
- Use fingers to remove kinks that result from the braids or twists.
- Comb and style.
The banding method is a great technique to stretch natural hair without applying any heat because it is exceptionally simple.
Choose your bands with care to reduce indentations or breakage.
How to Band Your Natural Hair
- Section hair into two or more sections.
- Apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair along with shea butter or a light oil such as olive oil or coconut oil.
- Place a ponytail holder at the base of one of the sections of the hair to form a ponytail.
- Take a piece of satin cloth material and while holding the hair out straight and taut, wrap the band around the hair from the base of the ponytail to the ends of the hair. Depending on the length of your hair, expect to use approximately 3 to 8 bands per section.
- After banding each section, wrap a silk scarf around the hair to ensure that hair stays in place.
- Let your hair dry completely and take your hair down.
- For a bit of body, use large rollers to roll hair with curling custard or gel.
There you have it, How To Straighten Natural Hair Like A Pro Stylist!
What’s your favorite hair straightening method?
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