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How to Straighten Relaxed Hair

Updated on August 16, 2015

Things you will need

  • Ceramic flat iron
  • Heat protectant
  • Wide tooth comb
  • Moisturizing Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Oil: Coconut, Shea, Jojoba, Grape seed, Sweet almond, Olive, or Jamaican black castor oil
  • Oil moisturizer or leave in conditioner
  • Plastic duckbilled clips or bobby pins
  • Soft bristle brush
  • Satin or silk scarf

Straightening Relaxed Hair

When it comes to straightening relaxed hair, it should not be done with excess. Applying heat to relaxed hair can be extremely damaging if not done properly. You can experience split ends, breakage, and dryness. Therefore it is imperative that you stick to certain guidelines when using heat in your hair.

  • You should always limit the number of times per month you apply heat to your hair. You should not apply heat to your hair more than twice a month.
  • Whenever you do apply heat to your hair, always use heat protectant.
  • Always start off with clean hair, this way your hair won't be weighed down.
  • Always deep condition to restore moisture in order to lessen the chances of the heat damaging your hair.
  • Do not use a blow dryer. This causes unnecessary heat damage. If you must use a blow dryer, use the cool setting.

Straight Hair Routine

Wash and condition

Anytime you are planning to straightening your hair, you must wash and deep condition first, any product build up in your hair will cause your hair to be weighed down and flat looking. Here are some steps to take to washing and conditioning.

  1. Wash with a moisturizing shampoo.
  2. Apply condtioner and detangle hair.
  3. Add a plastic cap and let it sit for 30 minutes to hour (the longer the better.
  4. Rinse with cold water to close hair shaft and avoid breakage).
  5. Let your hair air dry. If you must use a blow dryer, use the cool setting to avoid heat damage.


Once you have washed and deep conditioned your hair, it is time to moisturize and seal. Here's how to do it.

  1. Section your hair into four sections and secure with plastic duckbilled clips (metal clips snag hair).
  2. Using a applicator bottle apply oil to your scalp and massage each section one by one, this allows for increased blood flow to your scalp that promotes hair growth. Everytime your are done with one section, clip it back to avoid tangling.
  3. Moisturize each section with either an oil moisturizer or a leave in conditioner. Seal with your favorite oil (coconut, olive, jojoba, grapeseed, or castor oil) and comb through hair using a wide tooth comb. This will ensure that the products get distributed evenly throughout all your hair and to detangle one final time. Clip back each section.

Iron Your Hair

Now that you have moisturized your hair it is time to straighten it with a flat iron. Be sure to invest in a good ceramic iron. Using a iron with metal plates can cause some serious heat damage to your hair. You also want to stay away from rotating irons with brush attachments. These create unwanted breakage and split ends, being that excessive brushing can be very damaging relaxed hair to . So just stay clear from all the fancy gadgets and stick to the simple ceramic irons.


Follow these steps bellow for a sleek and straight hairdo.

  1. Take down one section of your hair and spray a generous amount of liquid heat protectant. If you are using an oily heat protectant, only use a small amount so that you don't weigh your hair down.
  2. Plug in your iron and allow it to preheat. Do not set your iron higher than 200 degrees.
  3. Section off 1 to 2 inches of your hair and secure the rest with a duck billed clip. The thicker your hair is the smaller your sections have to be for a smooth finish. If you have thinner hair, your sections can be a little thicker.
  4. Pass through the section with your flat iron slowly from root to tip. If you have thick new growth, part your hair into thinner sections and focus on your roots for about 3 to 4 seconds, then continue to pass the flat iron though the rest of the section. Comb through the section, then pass through with your flat iron once more. Continue this step until you have completed your entire head.
  5. If you would like your ends to have a bit of a curl to it, bend the flat iron inwards once you reach your ends.
  6. Apply a dime sized amount of hair serum throughout your entire hair. Use oil sheen spray as an alternative if you prefer.

Maintaining Your Straight Hair

As previously mentioned, you should not be applying heat to your hair more than twice a month. That being said, you need to make sure that your style will last until your next shampoo day. In order to keep your hair looking sleek and straight without reapplying heat to it, you need add a few extra steps to your hair routine.

Wrap your hair before bedtime to keep it smooth and straight. Here's how to wrap your hair:

  1. Moisturize and seal your hair. Stay away from water based moisturizers to prevent your hair from reverting back to its natural state. Instead use and oil moisturizer.
  2. Comb through your hair to detangle all your hair.
  3. Part your hair in the middle.
  4. Take a soft bristle brush and brush down your hair to your right so that is wraps around your head.
  5. Next take a small section of hair from the left side and brush it down to the right. Repeat this step until all your hair is wrapped around your head. Some people like to secure their wrap with bobby pin, however it does leave marks after your take it down. You can use bobby pins to aid with wrapping, and when you are done you can take the bobby pins to prevent any marks.
  6. Once all your hair is wrapped, take a silk or satin scarf and tie it around your head.
  7. In the morning, untie your scarf and comb down your hair. You will find that your hair is still smooth and straight.


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