I’ve decided to do a new series of posts with my top picks of products, and the first one is about hair straightening products!
My natural hair is a mix of curls/waves/general unruliness, so when I want to look a little more dressed up or put together, I usually go with a straight style.
I also have very thick hair, which is both a blessing and a curse, and requires me to go through a couple of different steps to get my hair straight.
The steps and the products I use for each one are outlined below (with links to buy!), but if you have been blessed with more cooperative hair, you may be able to skip over some steps.
Step 1: Protect from heat
Since I typically blow-dry and straighten my hair, I want to protect it from heat damage as much as possible.
The Garnier Fructis spray has been my go-to for years, but I’ve recently discovered Maui Moisture and I like that as well.
I kind of alternate between the two at this point, and I’ve found that both work well, although I do love the smell of the Maui Moisture.
After washing my hair I towel dry (squeeze, don’t rub to avoid extra frizziness) and then spray all over with one of these mists.
Step 2: Blow Smooth
This Conair hair dryer was super cheap and is super effective in smoothing out my hair.
Sometimes, if I want a more wavy, blown out look I will stop after Step 2. In fact, my current profile picture for this blog shows how my hair looks with just the blow-drying.
This dryer is amazing because it comes with a few different attachments that you use like a brush.
There is a different version of it, the Conair Ion Shine Ionic Styler, that I used for years, but because my hair is so thick the attachments would get stuck and either break, or get pulled off the base and fall onto the floor where they would crack.
Conair doesn’t sell the attachments separately, so I bought 2 additional dryers over the years purely because of broken attachments!
I got tired of this after a while and that’s when I found the more advanced model, the Conair Infiniti Pro.
This attachments snap into place rather than sliding on, and even my tough hair hasn’t managed to pul them free yet. 🙂
It also has a range of heat settings and power, which is great because I tend to dry my hair on the Warm setting rather than Hot (too much heat can make a freshly-washed scalp a little sweaty/greasy).
Step 3: Straighten
I have had my Chi straightener for years (as you can tell by the picture) and it really is durable.
This thing has traveled everywhere with me and still works as well as it did the first day I purchased it.
I usually put it on ~350˚ for straghtening (again, due to the texture of my hair) and divide my hair into 2 layers. I’ll straighten the bottom layer and then do the top.
I also recently got this l MiroPure brush for Christmas and have been using that instead of my Chi when I’m in a rush.
I’ve tried straightening brushes in the past and pretty much accepted the fact that they were not made for my hair type.
They would somehow manage to make my hair MORE frizzy, or simply not straighten out my kinks and waves at all.
My brother got me this MiroPure brush for Christmas and I decided to try it out. I wads very pleasantly surprised that it DOES straighten my hair!
I keep it at high heat (~375˚F) and run it through my hair like a regular brush.
I do try to get the underneath parts of my hair and then brush the top, and get sections in between.
It doesn’t make my hair pin straight but it smooths it out leaving a bit of volume (which I actually like) and is so easy to use.
Step 4: Lock It In
You’ll probably see this spray in a few of my hair Top Picks, because I use it all the time.
After straightening my hair, I have a lot of little pieces on top that tend to stick up.
I spray just a bit of the Frizz Ease on the top of my hair and then smooth it out with my hands, which prevents it from clumping up or making the top of my head hard.
Sometimes if I’m going to brush my hair back instead of parting it I skip this step, but if you want a really polished and in-place look, this spray is a great finishing touch.
Those are my top picks for hair straightening products!
I’d love to hear your own experiences with these products, or if there are others you swear by for straight hair!
Drop a comment below and be sure to check back for my other Top Picks, coming soon!