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How to Straighten Naturally Kinky Hair

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author image Kay Ireland
Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.
How to Straighten Naturally Kinky Hair
A woman is getting her hair washed in the salon. Photo Credit Ivanko_Brnjakovic/iStock/Getty Images

Kinky hair is beautiful and natural, but sometimes those with naturally kinky hair long for the smooth, sleek styles they see on celebrities and models. While you can use chemical relaxers to straighten your kinky hair, they can also be harsh and damage the hair, causing it to become both frizzy and kinky. Use products made especially for curly hair to protect it while to attempt to straighten it. You'll be able to obtain a style that will last all day, or at least until you're ready to go back to your naturally kinky hairstyle once more.

Step 1

Wash your hair carefully. Instead of scrubbing the shampoo into your hair, comb it through so you don't cause unnecessary frizziness and cause your hair to curl more. Use a rich and heavy conditioner to finish, and leave it on the hair for two minutes before rinsing it off. Kinky hair is often dry, so making sure it is well moisturized will make it easier to straighten.

Step 2

Dry your hair by patting it with a towel after stepping out of the shower. Don't rub the hair or twist it; this will just cause more curling. Pat it dry to soak up excess moisture, and you can blow dry the rest.

Step 3

Clip your hair into four sections; one above your ear, one on the top left side of your head, one on the top right side and then above your other ear in a separate section. You'll be blow drying these sections separately to make sure they come out smooth and shiny. Let down one section at a time, and blow dry it while pulling it taut on a paddle brush.

Step 4

Comb a heat-protecting spray through your hair once it has dried. Heat your hair straightener up to a high level, but not so high that you note steam or smoke coming from the hair when you use it. Clip your hair back into the sections, and take them down one at a time to straighten them.

Step 5

Clamp the straightener down on a 1- to 1 1/2-inch section of the hair, as close to the scalp as possible. Move the straightener slowly down the section of hair, taking care not to create creases by leaving it in one section for too long. When you reach the ends, flip your wrist in or out to create a layering end.

Step 6

Complete your entire head of hair, finishing with a high-hold hairspray. If you live in a humid climate, keep a small bottle of hairspray with you to tame frizzy pieces that might pop up throughout the day.

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