It's no secret that I have curly hair. But a lot of people are often surprised (or simply don't believe me) when I tell them... or, rarely, show them. My hair is actually quite nightmarish! Especially during the hot and humid summer months in Florida.
I put together a video (which I find pretty entertaining) of how I use a hair straightener. I sped it up super fast and put it to some music. All my friends and I started straightening our hair in middle school. We'd go to sleepovers and straighten each other's hair. I was always intrigued by the different ways we went about getting pin straight hair. I've been using the same method since eighth grade.
I'd love to know how you straighten yours!
Here are the tools I use:
(You might notice that I'm talking throughout it, but I promise I'm not talking to myself... Sporty Sister filmed and she and I were having a conversation haha!)
Also, please do not be alarmed by the insane amount of hair I have. I am fairly certain that the director of The Princess Diaries got his inspiration for Mia's makeover scene from ME.
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!