Can Curly Hair Turn Straight?

If you have naturally curly hair, then you know the efforts it can take to straighten your wavy hair even a little bit.

Curly hair that’s not too wavy can be straightened with a comb or a blow dryer. These are just temporary measures however.

For slightly more permanent straight hair, it’s a good idea to use a flat iron or straightener products.

In this article, we take a look at the different ways you can transform your hair from curly to straight.

Straighten Curly Hair With A Blow Dryer

If your hair is only slightly curly or you just want to straighten a few wispy hairs, then straightening your hair with a blow dryer is a good option.

Wash Your Hair

First, clean your hair thoroughly with a good wash. Also, add some conditioner to your hair as it will help to soften the hair making it easier to comb your curls later.

Once you washed and conditioned your hair, pat it dry with a towel.

If your hair is tangled or very curly, then it can be a good idea to leave your conditioner in the hair and detangle it with your fingers.

Moisturize Your Hair

You can add a little bit of coconut oil or argan oil into your hair to keep it moisturized. It will help protect your hair from the blow dryer heat.

Comb Your Curly Hair

Depending on your hair, you need to use either a normal comb or a wide-toothed comb to gently comb your hair.

Simply run the comb from the roots of the hair on your head all the way to the end. It’s a good idea to work your way through the hair in sections to remove all the tangles.

For lightly wavy hair, simple combing may already straighten the hair. However, extremely curly hair will need the heat from the blow dryer to lie flat.

Blow Dry As You Comb

As you comb your hair, start to blow dry it slowly on a medium heat setting. Move the blow dryer together with your comb.

It’s best to use a nozzle attachment with your blow dryer, so you can direct the airflow better.

Make sure that you hold the blow dryer at least an inch away from the hair to ensure that it doesn’t burn your hair.

Blow dry your hair while combing all around, and once done your hair should look straighter than before.

Flat Ironing Your Curly Hair

Taming your curly hair with a flat iron is another great way to straighten your hair. This is especially effective for very curly hair.

Condition And Wash Your Hair

Before you start working with a flat iron, your hair needs to be clean. It’s a good idea to apply some conditioner which is going to make the straightening process easier.

Dry Your Hair

Your hair needs to be fully dry before you can apply the flat iron to it, so make sure that you blow dry your hair first.

Apply A Heat Protection Serum

Hair is very sensitive to heat, so it’s a good idea to apply some heat protection serum to your hair. 

Gently massage the serum into the hair strands, all the way from the roots to the tips of your hair.

Flat Iron Your Wavy Hair

Once you applied some of the heat protection balm, you just need to turn on the flat iron.

Switch it to the lowest heat setting and then gather individual hair sections with your comb.

 Close the plates of the flat iron around the root area and then slowly move it down to straighten the hair.

It’s important that you only apply extremely light tension with the flat iron to avoid pulling any hair out or damaging your hair.

Also make sure that you don’t leave the flat iron in one place at a time for more than 2 seconds as this could burn the hair.

Continue to flatten each hair section until it’s all straight.

Straighten Curly Hair With Straightener Products

If the hair dryer or the flat iron method don’t work, then you can also use some chemical hair straightening products.

It’s a good idea to check the instructions for your hair relaxed product first as it will guide you through the application process.

Don’t Wash Your Hair

You shouldn’t shampoo or condition your hair for two to three days to make sure that the straightening product works properly.

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You can comb and brush your hair but ensure that you don’t comb too close to your scalp.

Mix The Relaxer Chemicals

Hair straightening products are usually made with strong chemicals, so it’s essential that you follow the instructions on the packaging.

When mixing the chemicals, wear gloves to protect your hands.

Apply The Relaxer

Section off some of your hair in the back with a comb and then start applying the straightener to the edges of the hair.

Then work your way up to the roots. It’s important that you apply the relaxer in this way to ensure that your hair doesn’t get damaged.

Once one section is fully covered, you can apply the relaxer to the next section.

It can be a little difficult to add the straightener to the back of the head, so it’s a good idea to get someone to help you.

Leave The Relaxer In Your Hair

Once you applied the straightening chemicals on your hair all round, you need to leave it in for up to 15 minutes.

The instructions on the product packaging should tell you for exactly how long you need to leave it.

However, if you notice any burning sensation or itchy skin, then immediately wash the product out of your hair with shampoo.

Wash Your Hair

Some relaxer products already come with clarifying shampoo that you can use. This neutralizing shampoo will fully remove the relaxer from your hair.

After you washed the relaxer out, you can just comb your hair and it’ll be straight. The effect should last for up to 8 weeks.

Final Thoughts

Curly hair can be straightened although the exact method how you straighten your hair depends on the type of hair you have.

Matt Park
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