How to Keep African American Hair Straight After Air Drying

Keep you air-dried hair straight using a flat iron and hot comb.

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For African Americans, keeping those tresses straight can be challenging.. When you decide to air-dry your locks, odds are they're going to be more frizzy, which makes it even more difficult to keep them straight. If you're having a little trouble, don't fret. All you have to do is learn a few tricks from the experts.

Air Drying

Blow out and air-dry your hair if it is naturally curly and unrelaxed.

Flat Ironing

Flat-iron your hair to get it straight. This is an effective way to keep your strands straight after air-drying, according to "Essence" magazine, which reports that model Brooke Martin uses this technique. Try a ceramic iron that will get good and hot so that your hair will get as straight as possible. Just make sure to first spritz your hair with a heat-protectant spray to prevent damage.

Hot Combing

Run a hot comb over your roots to remove any kinks, recommends "Essence" magazine beauty editor Tia Martin. Then flat-iron your hair as needed day by day. If your hair is relaxed, new growth is one of the most difficult things to deal with between relaxers.


Make sure to take good care of your tresses after air-drying them. Celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen suggests in "Essence" to try wrapping your hair at night and covering it with a silk or satin scarf. Sleeping on a cotton pillow without protecting your hair is not only bad for its health but will make your hair lose moisture and frizz up.

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