You use a flat iron to achieve sleek, smooth, and perfectly straight locks. It’s the kind of hairstyle that works with any look on any occasion. But there is nothing worse than spending your precious time styling and straightening your hair only to have it end up looking frizzy! Want to get that effortlessly chic look without the dreaded poofy hair that comes with it? Keep reading for 8 expert ways to stop frizzy hair after straightening to get salon-worthy hair like the pros!
Your How-to Guide to Stop Frizzy Hair After Straightening
Start in the Shower
Sleek, smooth hair starts in the shower. While no shampoo or conditioner will give you salon straight locks, they sure will help you achieve smooth, straight hair. When choosing a shampoo and conditioner, look for high-quality products that promise to smooth, tame frizz, and straighten hair. As hard as it may sound, do not use hot water on your hair! Rinse your hair with lukewarm water, apply your shampoo and rinse. As for your conditioner, apply it to the length of your hair, focusing on the ends. Use a wide-tooth comb to work in the conditioner and detangle your hair. Let the conditioner do its thing for a few minutes then rinse with cold water. I get that using cold water to rinse your hair doesn’t sound like the most relaxing shower. But I promise it’s worth it to help you achieve a smooth and shiny texture!
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Skip the Blow dryer
While the blow-dryer is quick and convenient, it can really do a ton of damage to your hair. If you want to stop frizzy hair after straightening, do yourself a favor and skip the blow dryer! Don’t worry though, you won’t have to walk around with dripping wet hair. Enter the microfiber towel! Different from a regular cotton towel, the microfiber towel is more gentle and dries your hair faster. Plus, it leaves you with frizz-free hair! When towel drying your hair, your first instinct may be to twist and scrunch your hair. But that can actually cause damage from friction and cause frizz. Instead, blot your hair with the towel without rubbing, gently pressing out any excess water. After you’ve removed the excess water, pull your hair up into a wrap using the microfiber towel and leave it for 20-30 minutes.
NEVER Straighten Wet Hair
Have you ever been in such a rush that you’ve resorted to straightening wet or damp hair? The horrible sizzling sound reminding you that you’re frying your precious locks! While it is possible to straighten wet hair, it doesn’t mean it should be done. Ever. Your hair is the most fragile when it’s wet. So when you use a flat iron on wet hair, it can seriously burn and break your locks. If that wasn’t reason enough to never use a flat iron on wet hair, straightening wet hair will result in a frizzy, untamed mane. Yikes! Always make sure to wait until your hair is bone dry to even pick up that hair straightener!
Use the Right Flat Iron
If you still have an ancient flat iron from 10 years ago, it may be time to upgrade! Flat iron technology has really advanced, meaning they are healthier and better for your hair. When choosing your next flat iron, opt for a high-quality, reputable ceramic flat iron. Ceramic flat irons promise to evenly distribute heat to minimize heat damage, moisture loss and avoid the dreaded frizzy hair look. If you feel like switching up your hair, you can easily achieve a frizz-free curl or effortless beach wave with your ceramic flat iron.
Check Your Brush
A brush is a brush, right? Surely my brush can’t be contributing to frizzy hair?! Well, you might be surprised to know that the brush you’ve been using for years may be doing more damage than good. If you don’t have one already, consider investing in a good boar bristle brush. Using a boar bristle brush with nylon leaves hair sleek and prevents hair breakage and frizz due to its soft bristles. Another plus of the boar bristle brush is the relaxing scalp massage you get when brushing. Yes, please.
Use a Heat Protective Product
Let’s be honest, when you’re running late for work you may forget to use your heat-protecting spray now and then. But, this may be one of, if not the most important steps when it comes to avoiding frizzy hair after straightening. For that reason, make sure you always protect your hair before you straighten it! Not only will it stop your hair from looking frizzy, but it also protects your hair from damage. Spray your heat-protector spray all over your hair before straightening, blow-drying, and curling your hair. Your hair will thank you for it!
Watch the Heat
I know it’s tempting to turn your flat iron up to the highest heat setting to straighten your hair ASAP. But did you know that the higher the heat of your flat iron the more damage it could be doing on your hair? The next time you straighten your hair, try using the lowest heat setting available. If that’s not enough for your hair type, slowly work your way up until you find the setting that works for you. Yes, it may take a little longer to straighten your locks but think about how much healthier it is for your hair!
Use a Smoothing Finishing Product
Don’t let all your hard work go to waste by not protecting your hair after straightening! The last and very important step to stop frizzy hair after straightening is to use a life-saving finishing product to keep frizz at bay. Rub a pea-sized amount between your fingers and smooth it all over your hair after straightening. By using a finishing spray you can take on the day feeling confident and assured that your smooth locks will stay in place!
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