How To Straighten Hair Without Completely Ruining It


Sometimes we love nothing more than perfectly pin-straight hair á la Jane Birkin, but it’s no secret that comes at a cost. Although we have successfully upgraded from an actual iron (ask your mom, she likely did it at least once in her youth) to top-of-the-line hair straighteners, we’re still doing undeniable damage to our tresses. Get our tips for achieving stick-straight hair without frying it to the point of no return.

We're Getting Straight To The Point

Photo: Adam Katz Sinding

First Things First

The decisions you make before you even run a straightener through your hair are the ones that can save you from the most damage.

Tip: Always use a heat protectant before any kind of heat styling.

Healing Vapor Iron



Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray



Gold Professional 1 Inch Styler



Too Hot For Your Own Good

Hotter is not always better, at least when it comes to your tresses.

Tip: Your straightener does not need to be set at 400 degrees to give you the look you want. You can still achieve pin-straight hair using only half the heat, which will keep you from completely frying your locks.

SinglePass Professional Straightening & Styling Iron



Do Not Repeat

If you thought flattening your hair was a fairly straightforward process, you're wrong. Make sure what you're doing isn't causing long-term harm.

Tip: Going over and over (and over) the same section with your straightener is a no-no. One solid pass through each section makes hair straight without killing it.

Ceramic Tourmaline Flat Iron



The Best Result

Ok, so now your hair is straight, but does it just look limp?

Tip: Add some body to your locks by using the straightener to pull up at the roots while slightly flipping ends inward.