How to use hair straightening cream is undoubtedly the first question that hits your brain when you think of straightening your tresses at home.
Using the cream is easy but you have to do it right to get the results you have been aiming for. In this article, we have discussed step by step about how to use this product so that you can also flaunt celebrity-like straighter hair locks every time you step out of your home.
Choose the Right Cream
We can all agree to the fact that the hair straightening cream is as important as the straightening process itself- the right cream can make all the difference. If you have slightly wavy or frizzy manes, we would suggest you use a mild cream (such as John Frieda Frizz Ease Straight Fixation Styling Crème) which can be used daily to result in silky, smooth straight hair locks.
On the other hand, for natural, curly or suborn tresses, it’s better that you adopt a super-strong cream (like this Keratin Research Brazilian Keratin Blowout Straightening Hair Treatment) so that the powerful active chemicals in it relax your hair strands and straighten them quickly with flawless outlook.
Wash and Clean Your Manes
Once you have the right cream, start your hair straightening session by washing and cleaning your tresses thoroughly; hair experts suggest not applying styling cream on dirty, unwashed hair because it would not produce the result you have been expecting.
Use a straightening shampoo (we recommend the OGX Ever-Straightening + Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo) to not only wash away debris and dirt from your hair locks but also to build an excellent base for the upcoming straightening process.
Towel Dry the Wet Locks
For a better result, apply the straightening cream to damp hair; after washing them, use a microfiber towel to soak away all the excess water from your manes so that they are not dripping wet. Then lightly brush through the strands to make sure that there are no knots and tangles in them.
Divide the Tresses Into Small Sections
It’s a BIG No, No to grab a bunch of your hair locks randomly and start applying the cream to them. You must section off all your tresses into several different parts to ensure that the solution is applied to each hair strands for a uniform straightening result.
Use a rat tail comb like this Scalpmaster Nano Rat Tail Comb to separate the manes and secure each section with a clip for better and easier cream application.
Apply the Hair Straightening Cream
Now it’s time for the most important step-putting on the straightening cream. Take a small amount of cream in your palm (you can always build up if you need) and apply it to the selected section of hair starting from the roots (3/4 inch away from the roots) to the ends. Run your finger through the manes to spread the product evenly.
Repeat the process to cover all the tresses with the styling cream and comb through them once again distribute the solution even better throughout your locks.
Let the Cream Sit
Once you are done applying the cream all over your hair, let it sit for 20-30 minutes depending on the condition of your hair. While for sensitive, color-treated hair, 20 minutes is more than enough, you have to let the production process for longer if you have thick, curly hair locks.
Remember not to put on any clips or lay down while the cream is still there (on the manes).
Wash the Hair again
After the cream rest on your hair long enough, it’s time to wash it off; using lukewarm water, wash your tresses over and over again to make sure that every bit of the product is washed away and nothing is left. Do not use a shampoo or conditioner at this stage.
Again using a microfiber towel (we prefer the DuraComfort Essentials Super Absorbent Microfiber Hair Towel) gently tap your manes and remove the excess water. Do not rub the hair because it might damage the strands and cause potential hair to fall.
Blow Dry and Finish Off
When your tresses are damp, start drying them completely with a blow dryer. While using the dryer (such as this Remington D3190 Damage Protection Hair Dryer), start pulling the hair strands with a round brush to straighten them with a natural finish.
If you are aiming for a more professional, pin-straight result, use a flat iron to straighten your hair after you are done with drying them properly.