Straightening Struggles: 3 Reasons You Aren’t Seeing Results

Straightening Struggles: 3 Reasons You Aren’t Seeing Results

Early classes, morning shifts, not enough sleep, no time to get ready, roll out with bed-head—we all know the daily struggles of caring for our hair. The great debate always seems to be whether there is enough time to straighten your mane or whether it is yet another bun day. 

If straightening your hair feels like a total hassle (and honestly, it does for me), it might be because you are making some rookie mistakes along the way. Straightening can be quick and simple if really know what you are doing, I promise!

1. You're Not Protecting Your Locks

Protect your hair at all costs. This means reaching for a heat protecting spray every single time you straighten or blow dry your hair. Not only will this speed up the straightening process, it also helps guard against heat damage from the iron. 

There are two options here: an aerosol spray (if your hair is dry), or a cream or serum (for wet hair). If your hair is already dry before you embark on the straightening journey, just spritz it on before you straighten. But if you hair is WET, blow dry your hair thoroughly before straightening it. Seriously.

2. The Temperature Is Too Hot To Handle

Turn down for real. You don’t need to turn the heat up to 400, I promise.

As someone with exceptionally thick hair, I am guilty of always cranking my CHI to a ridiculously high heat. Chances are, you don’t need it nearly that high and keeping it so is damaging your hair. Next time, turn it down a couple notches. You'll get the same results. 

3.  You Haven't Realized That Less Is More

If you find yourself running the iron down your hair repeatedly, but the results are still slacking, you definitely have a problem. One good swipe should do the trick. If you have to swipe again, it’s likely that your sections are too large.

Divide your hair into sections that are about half an inch wide at most and straighten away!

Voilà!  Since I switched up my straightening routine, I no longer dread having to do my hair on hectic mornings. Less bun days = more fun days, right?

 

Cooler Than You: Alchemy Cosmetics' Barbara Alcazar + Christina Hiatt

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