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Let's face it, relaxers are convenient, but paying a stylist to relax your hair every few weeks could put you in the poorhouse. Fortunately for your pocketbook, there are still ways you can straighten your hair during the times when you can't afford a professional treatment. In fact, you can smooth out those beautiful black locks in a matter of minutes, but be ready to work your biceps a bit.
Blow It Out
Shampoo and condition your hair with your favorite products, then add a few dollops of setting lotion to your locks.
Grab your trusty blow dryer and put the comb attachment on the end.
Section out a small portion of your hair and comb through the hair, while aiming the blow dryer at it on high. Continue until that section of hair becomes straight, and then repeat this process until you have straightened all of your hair. Style your hair as usual.
Press It Out
Shampoo and condition your hair with your favorite products, then dry your hair completely. You do not want to press damp hair, or you will burn the heck out of your scalp, and scalp burns are not sexy!
Adjust your electronic pressing comb to the proper setting for the texture of your hair. If your hair is coarse, you should definitely set the comb to "High." If you have a finer hair texture, then use the "Medium" or "Low" setting.
Section out a small portion of your hair near the nape of your neck and clamp the remaining hair up and out of the way. Add some hair grease to your hair to give it a little shine. But don't go overboard with the grease; you want a shine, not a slick.
Apply the comb about a half-inch from your hairline and comb the hair downward to the tips to straighten it. Continue combing until that section of hair is straight. Run your fingers through the hair to make sure all the kinks are out. Repeat the process to straighten the rest of your hair, and then style it as normal.
Shampoo and condition your hair with your favorite products, then dry it completely. Remember, the flat-iron is hot and if it is applied to damp hair, it will sizzle. You don't want that to happen.
Adjust your flat iron to the proper heat setting for the texture of your hair. Coarser hair needs a hotter iron, so use the "High" setting. Finer hair needs less heat, so use the "Medium" or "Low" setting.
Make a horizontal part about 2 inches from the nape of your neck and about 2 inches wide, then clip the hair above that section up and out of your way.
Grab a small portion of hair from the hair that you've just sectioned and use a banana clip to keep the other hair back. Lay the small section of hair in between the heating plates on the iron about a half-inch down from your hairline and close the irons.
Slide the irons down about a half-inch every 3 seconds to straighten the hair. Run your fingers through your hair to remove any kinks. This is also a good time to admire your work in the mirror! Repeat the process to straighten the rest of your hair, and then style your hair as normal.
Take your time. If you rush, you might not be happy with the result. But if you are running short on time, have a friend help you straighten the back of your hair, while you straighten out the front.
When using an electronic pressing comb or flat iron, make sure your hair is completely dry before you apply the comb to your locks. If not, you could severely burn yourself or burn out your hair, and you do not want that to happen.