Women who have curly natural hair, embrace the versatility of your hair. One day you can choose to wear natural hair and another day you can make it bone straight. So, you have the power to switch up the style. But how?
Well, you can easily do this using a flat iron. But you may have confusion in your mind that the heat of flat iron can ruin your hair.
So, I am going to discuss here how to flat iron natural hair bone straight briefly for you. You know there are some ways and techniques by following you can protect your hair even after using a flat iron.
So, let’s begin.
A complete guide to flat iron natural hair bone straight
Straightening hair may seem a tough job if you are a newbie. Even not knowing the suitable temperature range can damage your hair completely.
So, I will discuss bone straightening your hair step by step with precautions. You just need to follow each step.
The materials you are going to need –
- Hair clips
- Hair protecting spray
- Flat iron
- Blow-dryer (optional)
Prepare to heat up the hair
Step #1: Start with clean and conditioned hair
The best time for flat ironing hair is when it’s clean and conditioned. So before using a flat iron, use shampoo which has a low pH value. Because high pH can cause damage to hair.
Then apply conditioner as it makes your hair smooth and protects your hair. If you have dry hair, then do deep conditioning once a week. And after applying the conditioner, rinse with water.
You can even have handmade conditioners with bananas, avocado, honey, or coconut oil. Keep in mind that flat ironing dirty hair will look stiff.
Step #2: Use a heat protectant
Heat protectants work as a protector of your hair. That means it will make a layer between your hair and iron which will mitigate the damage. The silicon of this product basically does the job.
You can apply this to both dry and wet hair.
Step #3: Let your hair dry
Do not think of using a flat iron on wet hair. Because your hair won’t be straight even a little bit. So let your hair air dry after showering.
If you have thin hair, try to avoid blow-drying. Your hair’s already going to be in contact with heat through a flat iron. Extra heat from the dryer can cause breakage to your hair.
If you have thick hair, then you can use a dryer. But partially air-drying is good for the health of hair. Use medium heat while using a blow-dryer.
Straightening your hair
Step #1: Make several sections of hair
Sectioning hair will make the bone straightening easy. Use clips to pull up the hair sections, even you can make a light bun. Let a thin layer lie down at the base of your head.
Take 1-inch width sections at a time as the straightening will be easier and perfect. After finishing one section, let out another section of hair and do the same. The too-thick sections will not straighten properly.
Step #2: Select the temperature
Temperature selection is very important as you know heat damages hair mostly. If you have got thin hair, a high temperature may damage your hair. So choose temperature based on your hair texture.
For thin hair, 150 degrees will be good. Thick hair is going to need about 350 degrees or a little more. And for thick and fine or coarse and thin hair 250 degrees will work.
Overall, set on a temperature that can make your hair bone straight after 1 or 2 passes.
Step #3: Brush each section
For brushing, use a paddle or wide-toothed brush. Too much brushing will cause the breakage of hair Brushing is important because it makes your hair look smooth. However, hair prone to tangle up should be brushed before straightening.
Step #4: Start at the root of the hair
Starting from the root will give the best result. Press the flat iron near the root of your hair and slowly move down the hair to the tip. Maintain the same pressure the whole time otherwise the straightening won’t be the same.
Gradually complete all the sections. It may take half an hour to complete all the sections.
But if you have got too thick hair, then you will need more time, so, be patient and don’t rush.
Tips and suggestions
1. Choose a ceramic flat iron
When you are buying a flat iron, check that it’s 100% ceramic or not. Because the ceramic coating protects the hair against heat.
A ceramic flat iron may cost more, but it won’t wear off over time. A cheap one will wear off after a few uses.
2. Don’t straight the same section multiple times
When you are in a rush, you want to have the straightening job fast. And applying high heat or straight same sections multiple times. But it will only make your natural hair worse.
Try to maintain a temperature through which you can have bone straight hair after 1 or 2 passes. At the same time, you need to look at the temperature if it’s too high.
So start from the medium-low temperature and try gradually higher.
3. Deep condition once in a week
Conditioning brings and holds the moisture of hair and maintains hair health. However, you will expose your hair to heat when doing straightening which will make the hair dry.
So, your hair needs moisture which can be stored through conditioning.
As you have gone through the whole article, you have come to know how to flat iron natural hair bone straight. And also, the precautions you need to follow to protect your hair from breakage and damage.
Now, you can easily have bone straight hair at your home and have a gorgeous look.