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Go From Curly to Straight Hair

Updated on April 12, 2018
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Veronica is a self-described beauty junkie with years of experimenting with different products and how to get the best bang for your buck.


It's really not that difficult

All of us curly haired girls have all dreamed of straight hair. We look at our frizz and imagine sleek straight strands. Especially on those humid days when you feel more like a lion mane is on your head instead of human hair.

Straight hair just looks so glamorous and sleek. For a night out or just for a change, its nice to go from curly to straight every once in a while. And if you are like me, nobody has seen your curly hair in years!

The steps that I will show you can have you being like me and straightening your hair all the time. People actually think I have naturally straight hair. Only my parents and rest of my family know different.

Some people will say its too hard to do and takes forever. And I am here to tell you that is not true. Yes, if you hair is ESPECIALLY curly and full it could take awhile. And the first few times will take you a long while since you don't have practice. But after years and years, I can straighten my very long, full curly hair in about 20 minutes, sometimes less!

Washing Your Hair

The first step is obviously washing your hair. You can use any shampoo really. Right now I am personally digging on Neutrogena's anti-residue shampoo. But any shampoo will do. My best advice? Find one that will clean your hair but won't leave too many chemicals behind. Also, make sure to use one for your hair "type," which ranges from dry, normal, oily, color treated, etc.

After washing your hair (and it's your call if you want to rinse and repeat) you need to use conditioner. YOU NEED TO USE CONDITIONER! Curly hair is naturally very dry and you need conditioner so your hair can soak up the moisture which will make it easier to straighten later. A good conditioner for curly hair? Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner. If your hair is somewhat limp or lacks volume, then only apply to the ends. If you hair is very dry or extremely frizzy then apply all over but still concentrate the most amount on the ends.

After The Shower

Once your step out of the shower, towel dry your hair GENTLY. It should remain damp.

At this point, you need to assemble your hair products. There are so many things you can use to put in your hair before straightening. But do you want to know the mecca, king of all kings, product to use, especially for first timers who have very curly hair?

John Frieda Frizz-Ease

John Frieda is, in reality, hair stylist to famous celebrities like Madonna. But the man has invented the empire of helping curly hair turn into straight hair. He is #1 at this. His products are expensive but amazing. He has shampoos, conditioners, mousses, hairspray, etc. But the product you should use to put in your wet hair before straightening is the Frizz-Ease Hair Serum. Best one of the 4 they have is the original formula.

You might balk at the prices for his products when you see them in the haircare aisle at CVS or Walgreens but for beautiful, sleek straight hair there is nothing better. Open up the wallet because it will be worth it.

Drying your hair

This is the part that everyone seems to dread but is the most important and necessary to getting your hair straight - the hair dryer.

Ladies - the hair dryer is your friend not your enemy.

Take a big round brush with natural bristles (not plastic ones). The curlier your hair, the bigger and rounder the brush should be. These brushes can be purchased at drug stores or beauty supply stores. They can be rather pricey but it's a good investment to getting your hair super straight.

Now divide your hair up into sections with some pins or hair clips. Each section should be small enough to fit onto the brush and no larger, meaning if you have really thick, curly hair, you are going to have a LOT of sections. Take a section of hair, wrap it around the brush and use the hair dryer (which should have a diffuser on it for best results) pointing down to dry the section until is it dry and straight.


Styling & Ironing

You can choose to use a flat iron or not. If you want to go super, sleek straight (like Gwyneth Paltrow) then you will need one even if you have fine or thin hair. Its impossible for anyone to do it with just a hair dyer and trust me that even Gwyneth's hair stylist used one on her.

You should still use the iron after drying your hair with the hairdryer. There are many irons out there that say you can go from wet to straight but even if it's true (and I am skeptical) putting a hot iron on wet hair is a great way to DESTROY YOUR HAIR. Just don't do it.

I keep a flat iron around for the little hairs here and there that are stubborn. And you know we all have them. Best advice? Buy a cheap flat iron and keep it around for any emergency hair straightening situations.

You can go straight but still have volume by using the brush to dry the ends with flips or slight curls. Another trick for volume? When you are done, flip your hair upside down, and dry the hair with the brush upside down for a few minutes.

Make sure your new straight style stays nicely in place. A neat trick is to use that "cool" shot on your hairdryer and aim it at your hair for a few minutes. The cool air sets the hair.

A great after styling product to use to make sure you do not have fly away frizzies and your hair stays super shiny is John Frieda Secret Weapon Flawless Finishing Creme. There is a reason they call this product Secret Weapon and when you apply it to your hair after drying you will find out why.

Tips and Tricks

Now that you have straightened your hair, you want to make sure it stays looking nice. Below are some tips and tricks to help you keep your newly straightened locks at their best:

  • Do not wash your hair for a few days. Especially curly hair does not need to be washed frequently and should not be since this can dry it out.
  • If your hair gets oily, sprinkle some baby powder on a brush and then brush the hair upside down while also blow drying. The baby powder will take away the oil from the hair and the blow dryer will give it some more volume/
  • Try to keep away from getting your hair wet or extremely humid conditions. If you know you are going to the beach, pool or its incredibly humid where you live, you might as well not bother straightening it. If you cannot help it, use a hair clip and pins to keep your hair tucked back, that should keep it from getting too wild.


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      6 years ago

      I have very, VERY thick, unmanageable hair. It's often too "poofy" or I have a lot of fly-aways and frizzies. My friend Gale (who has AMAZING hair) recommended the Shielo Hydrating products. I love how it smells (SO many guys do too!) and it's consistency is light but still cleanses well.

      I wash my hair EVERYDAY and this shampoo is great for color-treated, everyday washings. I also recommend the Shielo Leave in Protectant, as I think this is what makes the frizz coimpletely go away. I was like WOW.

      TIP: If you have thick hair like me, squeeze out out the excess water after shampooing. Then use the Shielo Conditioner into your scalp and bringing it all the way down to the ends. Leave it in for 5 minutes at least and clip it back if it's long enough. I work it into my scalp and have noticed that my hair is growing in smoother and quicker. Also, I leave a small amount in my hair and it keeps it so calm and silky! I have NEVER had "silky" hair in my life!

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      7 years ago from New York

      Thanks butterflystar, hope the tips help!

    • butterflystar profile image


      7 years ago from A Place of Success :)

      Great Hub! I have curly hair so I can definitely relate :)

    • nycgrl profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New York

      Thanks cloverleaf! Yes, once you get into the "straightening" habit its hard to stop! I really am not kidding when I write that most people think I have naturally straight hair. Last time I left my hair curly was probably when I was 18 or 19 and I am now 29 so yea lol

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      8 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi nycgrl, and congrats on reaching 20 followers now! I never used to use a hair straightener but bought one a few months back, hoping to try different ways of styling my hair. Now I wouldn't be without it! What a great invention.

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      Special Kay 

      8 years ago from New York

      My cost $175 with color and a cut. My hair grew really fast after the treatment. Now I think I need a touch up for the new growth. All in all it was well worth it for my fuzzy mop.

    • nycgrl profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New York

      I have heard that the keratin treatments are good but they don't work well for everyone. I have seen some disasters from those treatments too plus they are pretty expensive and you have to keep maintaining it.

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      Special Kay 

      8 years ago from New York

      I actually use BioSilk hair serum, which I apply after washing my hair. It helps tame the curls and smooths my hair when straightening. I also broke down last winter and splurged for the Brazilian keratin treatment, which is an amazing way to have the best of both words.

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      your cybersister 

      8 years ago from Just relocated from Florida to the mountains of North Carolina

      I did wonder if the Secret Weapon Flawless Finishing Creme might help on straight hair. I live in central Florida, which feels like the rainforest during the summer months, and actually do have to use a flat iron to smooth out my straight hair in the summer due to the humidity.

    • nycgrl profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New York

      hahaha yes my sister has straight hair and she is always saying she would kill for my hair. But ugh trust me that you don't want curly FRIZZY hair, it just looks awful especially on humid days. For straight hair you can actually still follow these steps just don't use heavy conditioner and blow dryer upside down + use volumizing spray, you will be surprised how much volume you can get

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      your cybersister 

      8 years ago from Just relocated from Florida to the mountains of North Carolina

      Why do we always seem to want what we don't have? I have straight hair and am forever trying to atleast put a bend into it and here you are with what I think I want trying to get what I'm trying to change.

    • nycgrl profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New York

      I know the price is is up there but trust me its worth it. And I am the queen of coupons and buying on sale but I always make room in my budget for John Frieda! Its the best for frizzy hair. Thanks for commenting!

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      Jeannie InABottle 

      8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I have never tried John Frieda's products before (because of the price) but I can't stand my frizzy hair. I will give it a try. Thanks for the advice!


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