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Straight hair is all over the catwalk and red carpet, from Jennifer Aniston to Reese Witherspoon; straight hair is here to stay. Yet, if your hair is the type that tends to frizz and curl, rather than lay flat and behave, you might be thinking of getting a relaxing treatment. Relaxers do work to straighten hair, but they can seriously damage your locks and leave you with dry, frazzled ends which are prone to breakage. Skip the relaxer. Learn how to straighten your hair at home for straight, shiny and healthy hair.
Wash your hair with straightening shampoo and conditioner. If you have coarse hair, use plenty of moisturizing conditioner to help feed and tame your hair. Blast your hair with cool water before hopping out of the shower, to seal the cuticles for shiny, frizz-free locks.
Blot--don't rub--your hair with a towel, to soak up excess moisture. Rubbing ruffles the cuticles and causes the frizzies. Smooth a serum or cream through your hair, to protect it from heat styling and help it lie flat.
Blow dry your hair using a medium heat, until it is about 80 percent dry. Hair doesn't start to take shape until it's 80 percent dry, so drying it roughly first helps cut down the work for you. Save your arm muscles from severe aching in the morning.
Pin the top layer of hair up out of the way; grab a 1-inch section of hair. Position a round brush underneath the section at the roots, then slowly move the brush down the hair, as you follow it with the blow dryer. Point the nozzle down to flatten cuticles for shiny, luscious locks. Keep drying the same section, until it is straight and dry, then repeat on the rest of your hair.
Finish by flat-ironing your hair to seal in shine and style. Concentrate on any rebellious areas that resisted your blow-drying efforts, until they're startled straight. Spray a shine serum over your hair to add glossiness. Finish with hair spray, to keep your tresses tame throughout the day.
If you want volume at the roots, lift the round brush upward as you dry your hair.
Visit your salon for a keratin hair-straightening treatment, if you need extra help. This treatment is pricey, but it lasts about three or four months. Keratin treatment is a chemical-free alternative to relaxing.
Don't use heat to style your hair every day. Excessive heat styling can lead to dry, damaged hair. Instead, allow your hair to air-dry whenever possible.