Unless I’m rushing in the morning, I generally allow my hair to air dry a little bit. I’ll put on makeup, answer emails, or pick out an outfit while I let my hair dry. I use a lot of heat, so I try to give my hair at least a little bit of a break! If I can shave a few minutes off the blow dry, I will.
(I always use some sort of heat protection!!!)
Once I’m ready to blow dry my hair, I make sure to get the front of my hair completely dry. I get the worst frizz around my forehead so I really blast that area to make sure it’s as straight as it can get. I go back through the layers of my hair to make sure I have completely dried it before moving on to straightening.
I basically straighten by layers. I used to do a ton of layers, but nowadays I can get through with three to five only. (Three when my hair is cooperating, five when it’s at its unruliest!) I section of the hair and then clip the rest up on top of my head. Once a layer is straightened, I loosely tie it back so I can keep it separate. I go up and up through the layers until I get to the front section of my hair.
After I find my natural part (maybe with a little help from my pinky finger), I again go through sections until it’s straight!
As curly as my hair is, I’m always surprised at how straight I can get it. I’m not an expert blow dryer, but when I get my hair done at a salon, the hairdresser can usually get it straight with a blow drier alone (i.e. without a flat iron).
What’s your “strategy” for hair straightening?
PS I was sent new shampoo and conditioner (in a singing box… but seriously…) called Clear Scalp and Hair Therapy and I LOVE it. Normally I get these products, use it once and then discard it for one reason or another without mentioning it on here at all… but I think this shampoo is so great. Honestly! The smell alone is fantastic and, while my hair still gets frizzy from extreme humidity, it’s shinier!