Now is the perfect time to try a straight style. Though the cold weather isn’t fun to bear, the crisp wind allows you to maintain a fabulous flat-ironed look.

1. PICK A NOURISHING SHAMPOO: Any stylist will tell you “great hair starts at the bowl,” so pick a softening shampoo that lends itself to helping you achieve manageable hair. Save those clarifying shampoos for a day at the beach. Use Creme Of Nature Argan Oil Moisture & Shine ‘ Sulfate- Free’ Shampoo to prep your mane.

2. ALWAYS USE A LEAVE-IN: Most curlies go wrong by not protecting their tresses before blowing out their curls. A leave-in conditioner or heat protectant serum coats your curls and preps them to handle the stress and gentle tugging of a blow-out. You also lessen your chances of damaging your curls by spritzing your hair with a leave-in like Oyin Juices and Berries Leave-in Hair Tonic.

3. APPLY THE 80/20 RULE: Your tresses should still have a slight wave after finishing your blowout. Hence, eighty percent straight. Use your flatiron or heat-styling tool to straighten your curls the other twenty percent. This prevents heat-damage. Also, incorporate tools like a blow-dryer attachment with a ceramic plate to reduce multiple strokes of heat.

4. WRAP RIGHT AWAY:  Seriously, there’s something to allowing your freshly flat-ironed ‘do to stay wrapped overnight before showing it to the world. Just like we train our curls to maintain their hold, sleek tresses should be forced to stay in place for a while to allow your kinks to really smooth out.

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