1. Start with the right shampoo and conditioner.
It’s very important to begin with a proper shampoo and conditioner made for straight hair, such as the Aveda Smooth Infusion Shampoo and Conditioner. Post-wash, try to get out as much moisture as possible, then apply a smoothing cream(Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight) — and use a smoothing serum or oil (Moroccanoil Treatment) depending on hair type, to finish. Use an ultra-absorbent towel.
Heat-free straightening techniques work best on fine to medium hair texture that is straight or slightly wavy. And though it can take hours for hair to totally dry, you can jump-start the drying process by using an absorbent fabric like Aquis, which helps wick moisture out of the hair quickly without causing damage and frizz.
3. Keep brushing your hair until it’s dry.
For long to medium styles that straighten easily, brush wet hair down and pull it tight with your hands every few minutes until it dries. On naturally wavy hair, this technique will give you the undone city-chic look you often see on runways — and you can finish the style off with Moroccanoil or an Aveda pomade on the ends to smooth things out. If you’re unsure about what brush, we recommend the Wet Brush.
4. Wrap your wet hair around your head, then wait.
Dry your hair with cold air and then finishing with a technique called toca. The process starts by drying hair with cold air until almost dry, then grabbing sections and pinning them around your head, wrapping them all around.
5. Use jumbo rollers.
For long hair, use about six jumbo rollers and section the towel-dried hair to the rollers’ width, comb it up, and wrap your hair flat against the roller. “Secure with a duckbill clip on each side. Plastic rollers — rather than Velcro or foam — will help you achieve a smoother effect.
6. Use the right products. Aveda and Moroccanoil have many to choose from.They fight frizz and smoothes hair beautifully.
7. Use the cold air setting on your hair dryer.
Use a blow dryer with cold air and no product, using a combination of a brush and your fingers to help straighten. Once completely dry, use a natural product like Moroccanoil to relax the cuticle of the hair and eliminate frizz.