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Get the look of a professional haircut or hairstyle without the salon prices by watching the videos in this hair styling series from Howcast.
You Will Need
- A straightening iron
- A damp head of hair
- Straightening balm
- Heat-protective serum
- A blow-dryer with a nozzle
- Hair clips
- A comb
- And a silicone-based gloss
Choose a straightening iron depending on your type of hair: for short hair, use an iron with small, narrow panels; for long, curly hair, use a large iron that can hold a lot of hair at once and deliver plenty of heat.
Apply a heat-protective serum to your hair according to the product directions.
Work in balm
Work a quarter-sized dollop of straightening balm evenly through your damp hair with your fingertips.
Plug in your straightening iron and heat it according to its instructions on a nonflammable surface. If your iron has an adjustable temperature feature, follow the directions for setting the heat level.
Part a line around the back of your head from ear to ear, and clip the top section of hair up.
Dry lower section
Blow-dry the lower section of your hair with the nozzle of the dryer directing the air down from the roots toward the tips.
Dry top sections
When the lower section of your hair is completely dry, blow-dry the hair on top of your head, small sections at a time.
Clip up hair
When your hair is completely dry, clip the top section of your hair up again.
Comb and iron lower section
Insert a comb into a lock of hair in the lower section, close to the roots, and clamp the iron between it and your scalp. Slowly pull the comb forward through the hair all the way to the end as you pull the iron behind it.
Repeat on top section
Repeat this on the top section of your hair, slowly pulling a comb and the iron through locks of hair.
Gloss your hair
Run some silicone-based gloss through your hair to add extra shine and hold the style. Now it's time to show off your new sleek, sexy 'do.