Whether you're embracing your natural pin-straight texture or you're looking to try out that 70s-era bohemian-chic vibe seen all over the New York Fashion Week runways, getting your hair to look silky and straight requires a little help from the experts. Thankfully, we tapped into a pro to find out exactly how to get silky, straight hair. Below, Amit Abraham, hairdresser and L'Oréal Professionnel Artist, shares his secrets for you how you can get gorgeous straight hair at home!
How to Get Silky Straight Hair...When You Have Naturally Straight Hair
Okay, this may seem like a no-brainer, but many girls with naturally straight hair will admit that getting their locks to have that fresh-from-a-blowout appearance isn't as simple as it may seem. Abraham says to start by applying Tecni.Art Dual Stylers Sleek and Swing to damp hair. "Then, blow dry your hair in sections utilizing a round brush for a bit of volume at the root or a flat brush to keep the roots flat and flexible," he explains. The tools you'll use are always based on the end result you're after. "Once your hair is dry, flat iron sections no bigger than the width of the iron or else you run the risk of causing a crease in the hair," he says. So, if you use a one-inch flat iron, make sure you aren't straightening a section larger than that one-inch.
"You'll always want to make sure the bottom plate is 90 degrees or higher than the top parting of your section," Abraham says. "This will make sure you don't crease the hair as well since anything below 90 degrees will guarantee a crease." He also recommends starting to flat iron about 1.5-inches away from the root if you want to keep the volume at the top. Finish up with Tecni.Art Lumi.Controle to tame any flyaways and you're set!
How to Get Silky, Straight Hair...When You Have Naturally Wavy/Curly Hair
"To straighten curly and wavy hair always blow-dry first! This is a must!" Abraham explains. "The point of every blowout regardless of shape and style is to first dry the hair and second to lay the cuticle down flat. In doing so, you allow for maximum manipulation as well as maximum shine. It is always a good idea to begin with a frizz control leave-in such as L'Oréal Professionnel's Tecni.Art Dual Stylers Liss and Pump Up or, for a straighter style, I recommend Tecni.Art Dual Stylers Sleek and Swing." Once your hair has been blown out straight, follow the flat iron tips from above for the least amount of damage.