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Styling advice: Straightening without stress

April 15, 2008
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Become a real smoothie with our no-hassle guide to straightening curls and waves

1 While hair is still wet – rather than just damp – apply a straightening serum and comb through with a wide-tooth comb to prevent breakage. Curly hair is prone to frizz so the less water it contains when you start styling, the more likely it is to fuzz up and the less likely it is to take on a new shape

2 Working from the underlying sections upwards, section hair off into sizes small enough to fit comfortably around a medium to large, round bristle brush. Bristles grab hair more effectively than pins. Roll hair over the barrel at the ends and pull tight

3 With the blowdryer on the highest heat and using a nozzle attachment to really focus the heat, start drying hair from the roots down, rotating the brush through the ends to keep them from frizzing. Move the nozzle quickly over the surface of hair – prolonged exposure to heat in one place will cause damage

4 Leave each section to cool while still holding tight over the brush for a few seconds before moving to the next. (Tourmaline dryers cut drying time in half, reducing the risk of frizz – but if ends do look kinky or frizzy, wet them again with a little mousse and serum and re-dry)

5 For a super smooth finish, go over each section with straightening irons. Keep the movement smooth to avoid kinks. Finish with serum stroked over each section

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