With the wide availability of hair straightening kits at home, you can easily straighten or touch up your hair at home. You might want to do this to save yourself time and money. It is important that you follow the instructions for straightening hair at home so that you don’t damage or ruin it in the process.
How to straighten hair at home
Before straightening hair at home make sure you have everything you need
Before you apply any chemicals to your hair, have all the necessary tools at hand. You will need the straightening kit (which should contain protective gloves for your hands), an old towel, a wide-toothed comb, plastic hair hooks and a timer or watch. If you buy a straightener that doesn’t come in a pre-packaged kit, make sure you also have a neutralizing shampoo and a moisturizing conditioner.
Straightening the back of your hair can be very difficult for you to do on your own. Ask a friend or family member to help you with this area if you need it.
Procedure for straightening hair at home
The process for straightening virgin hair (or hair that has never been straightened before) is slightly different from straightening only the roots in previously straightened hair.
Start by separating the hair with the comb into four sections. Use hooks to keep hair you’re not working on, out of the way. Start the timer or watch your watch, and write down the time. It starts at the back of the head and works with sections about an inch thick. Apply the straightener as close to the roots as possible without reaching the scalp.
For virgin hair only, apply the straightener all the way to the ends. Repeat this over the entire head. For hair that has been previously straightened, just apply the straightener to the root hair, which has grown. Since you should wait about eight weeks between straightening touch-ups, you should have about 1 inch of newly grown hair to straighten.
Works fast by applying the straightener over the entire head or touch-up area. Once the straightener is in place, work with the gloves on your hands to completely straighten the hair. Be careful not to touch your scalp or skin with the straightener. If you feel a burning sensation, even if the time of the process is not yet over, you should rinse your hair straightener. Otherwise, when the recommended time is up, remove the straightener with plenty of water.
Rinse your hair straightener with warm water, making sure there are no traces of it. Then wash your hair with neutralizing shampoo. It is important to use neutralizing shampoo because normal shampoo will not stop the smoothing process. Wash with shampoo two to three times and then follow with a moisturizing conditioner. After you rinse the conditioner, dry and style your hair.
If you decide to use extensions you can choose the smooth extensions. You can also choose the corrugated extensions because the latter you can iron to achieve an extreme smooth, as you like. But make sure you buy 100% human hair extensions , as synthetic extensions cannot be ironed.
Another expert recommendation is not to bleach hair that has been straightened, nor to straighten hair that has been bleached. This is because the two processes are very aggressive. If both processes are performed on the same hair, the hair can be damaged to an extreme degree.