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Heat straightening isn’t particularly difficult on it’s own, but most of us also need a little curl action as well. Curling the hair can provide body and bounce and can extend the life of a press out greatly. There are also many cute curly styles for Black hair.

-Shampoo and dry your hair thoroughly. Divide your hair in 4-6 sections (the thicker/longer it is, the more sections you need). Use butterfly clips to hold the hair in place.

-Apply a straightening cream, serum or another heat-styling product directly to your hair from the roots to the tips. Fantasia IC Heat Polisher is a great product for protecting Black hair during heat treatments.

-Use a blow dryer to straighten your hair. If you have natural Black hair, you may need to use a flat iron on it’s lowest setting. Do not use too much heat, as you are also going to apply more heat with the curling iron, which will help the hair get straighter. Run a wide tooth comb through your hair when finished

-Choose a 1-inch barreled curling iron for short hair and a 2-inch one for longer tresses. Heat the iron to its highest setting, turning it down if it becomes too hot during use. Don’t forget: Black hair that is overheated will become brittle and can break immediately.

-Wrap the wand on the section of hair for no more than 10 seconds, sliding the iron out when the curl is achieved. Use duckbill clips to hold the curls in place until you’ve finished your entire head.

-Use your fingers to style your freshly curled hair and finish with a lightweight oil-seen spray. Try Motions Oil Sheen and Conditioning Spray, which can be found in the Black hair care aisle of most drugstores.

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