In the daily battle against frizz, you may find it easier to just straighten your hair with a flat iron and call it day.
While this may make your hair look good and control it, you should keep in mind that excessive use of heat on your hair can cause a great deal of damage.
Continue reading and you will learn about some simple tips to straighten your hair without damaging it.
Prep Your Strands With A Smoothing Shampoo And Conditioner
Rusk Deepshine Keratin Care Set
This heat repair shampoo and conditioner contains natural Keratin, a high-shine smoothing agent, as well as marine botanicals to prep and protect your hair for future heat styling.
The conditioning agents replenish moisture your hair has lost during countless battles with the flat iron, and the set is able to restore vibrancy and elasticity to color-treated hair, too.
Use A Powerful Thermal Protectant Before Applying Heat
Bamboo Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray
This replenishing protective spray works its magic in three steps: It protects your hair from the damaging effects of exposure to high temperatures, it smooth’s and adds shine as you run your straightener through, and it repairs existing dryness and breakage.
With this simple prep step, your hair won’t have a straw-like, unmanageable texture after your next flat-ironing session.
Section Your Hair While Straightening Using Taming Hair Clips
Hair Tamer Styling Clips (6 pack)
By sectioning your hair while you straighten using these heavy duty hair clips, you will cut your morning prep time in half.
Start with your bottom layer, splitting your hair down the middle in the back and pulling each side forward.
Use A Straightener With Ceramic Plates
Xtava Goddess Flat Iron
Having a flat iron with ceramic tourmaline plates is vital to maintaining healthy hair when it’s constantly exposed to heat.
The ceramic plates on this straightener protect the hair with negatively charged ions, and tourmaline is a gemstone that also works to keep your strands smooth.
This iron even protects color-treated hair and includes an adjustable LCD temperature display, so you can stay in control of how much heat you want.
When You’re Blow Drying, Use A Smoothing Dryer to Prep Hair
Panasonic Hair Dryer with Nanoe Technology
By directing heat downwards while drying with a precision nozzle attachment, you are prepping your hair for the flat iron by giving strands direction.
That means you have less work to do later (and less frizz to deal with, too). This fast-working hair dryer has three temperature settings and two speeds — use a lower temperature and a higher speed for the most healthy end result.
Treat Hair With Repairing Coconut Oil Once A Month
Hair Chemist Coconut Oil Deep Repair Masque
If you apply heat to your hair on a daily basis, show your locks some extra love by applying this deeply restorative hair mask once a month.
The mask’s coconut oil is the perfect solution for dry or damaged hair, thanks to its jojoba seed oil, beeswax, and cocoa seed butter. Just comb it through your hair post-shower, and leave it on for seven minutes before rinsing it out to let your revitalized hair air-dry.
Don’t Think Blow Drying Long Hair Is Less Damaging Than A Straightener
Spornette Ion Fusion Aerated Hair Brush
Using a flat paddle brush while applying the heat of a dryer can put a lot of stress on your strands, causing major breakage. Use the professional round brush that promises healthy hair and no snagging, instead, for days when you need to brush and dry.
Air can flow past hair through the brush’s holes, for less stress on your strands. (Still, keep brushing while drying to a minimum: You may think you’re killing two birds with one stone, but this can be more damaging to long locks then air-drying and straightening.)
Finish With The Right Products To Seal Damage
Phyto Phytolisse Glossing Finishing Serum
This grease-free serum’s lightweight formula penetrates your hair to leave it feeling silky-smooth and free of frizz.
It can be used throughout the day to keep glossiness going, and users said the serum adds body without weighing hair down, in addition to smoothing out those pesky baby hairs on your hairline.
Pro Tip: Never spray or apply a product when your hair is still cooling down to steer clear of sizzling strands and causing excess damage and unwanted frizz.