Straightening your hair requires you to start by blow drying it. Straighten African American hair with help from a celebrity hair stylist in this free video clip.
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Hi. I'm Michelle O'Connor, celebrity hairstylist. And today I'm going to show you how to straighten unrelaxed African-American hair. So, if your hair's curly like Casey's, one of the things to keep in mind is that you are going to start the process with a blow dry first. You don't just gob into flat ironing curly or even wet hair for that matter. I like to use a smoothing serum. Today I'm going to use Mizani's Thermasmooth Smoothguard. You don't need very much of it. One droplet, two droplets depending on the density of hair, goes a very long way. In this section right here, I'm using about one droplet. I'm emulsifying it, warming it up and I'm going to work it in the hair. Notice that the hair has been shampooed, has been conditioned. And now we're going to protect the hair with the Smoothguard. So, I'm going to grab my blow dryer and my paddle brush here. Paddle brushes are a great option for unrelaxed hair. They just help to smooth out the hair a lot better and a lot faster. One great thing to use when you're blow drying is a concentrator nozzle. It concentrates the air flow and prevents the hair from becoming very big and puffy. So, as you can see, we've stretched out this hair with a paddle brush and a blow dryer. Notice that this is only half way done. You can see the section that we've already done and I'm going to show you how we got to that point. So you can see that the paddle brush stretched and pull out that curl. but it's not bone straight at this point. We're about half way there, o. We now go in with our flat iron, starting at the top and working our way down. I like to use a comb with my flat iron. This untangles everything as I'm going down the hair. And it makes it easier for me to glide through that hair when there is still some pattern and still some texture in the hair. So, as you can see, two swoops and perfectly bone straight. We now continue to work our way up doing the same thing. Clip this up out of the way, hold that section. So, keep in mind that your iron will chase your comb. Keep the iron moving in one fluid movement all the way down to the ends of the hair. Do not lift the iron off as you go over those ends, or else your ends will be textured and the top will be straight. You never want to hold that iron on the hair, for it might crease it or it might actually singe the hair and burn it. So, always constantly move that iron from the root all the way down to the ends. If you want to see some curvature or a roundness, a natural roundness to the hair, you can do a process we call beveling, where you might gather a couple of those sections that you've done already so you have some density in the hair. And then you actually just curve your iron around, almost like you're thinking of a c shape and round that iron around your client. You'll see there's just a natural softness, a natural roundness to the end as opposed to being poker straight. So, we've finished flat ironing the hair and I'm just going through with a comb, just making sure it's all smooth. And finally I'll add just a glossing serum to the hair to control any fly aways and also give it some nice shine and luster. And that's how to straighten African-American hair. I'm Michelle O'Connor, and thanks for watching.