Get Super-Straight Hair in 15, 30, or 60 Minutes
LHJ.com's resident hair pro Mark Garrison clues you in on how to get your locks stick straight if you only have 15 minutes to get the job done.
"This technique is best for already semi-straight hair or hair that only needs a quick touch-up," says Garrison. "Work with dry hair. If you must wet hair because it's in a natural curly or wavy state, do so by lightly misting it."
Step 1: Start with dry or slightly damp hair. Take small sections of hair (1/4 inch to 1/2 inch) and apply a straightening balm.
Step 2: Blow-dry each section of hair straight. Dry quickly, pulling flat paddle brush taut through hair, followed closely by the blow-dryer.
LHJ.com editor's Tip: Remember to point the blow-dryer downward when drying hair. If you point it upward, hair will frizz.
Step 3: Finish the process by using a flat iron on big sections of hair, concentrating on the outer sections most. Make sure you use the tool from root to end.
LHJ.com editor's Tip: If possible, use a flat iron with ceramic tourmaline plates. Straightening time is cut in half, hair is less likely to break between plates, and frizz is greatly eliminated. Try Sedu Ionic Ceramic Tourmaline 1.5" Flat Iron, $125.95, exclusively available at www.folica.com. It's pricey, but keeping your hair healthy may be worth the splurge.