Four Simple Steps to Getting Your Best Flat Iron for Natural Hair

Four Simple Steps to Getting Your Best Flat Iron for Natural Hair

I must admit I have been loving the semi straight hair look that I have been rocking since the beginning of November. I was protective styling but on a whim I just decided to straighten.

OK it really wasn’t on a whim, as usual I watched a YouTube video and got inspired. The thing is I prefer semi straight to bone straight but I like to have the technique down just in case I grow some patience to try and get my hair bone straight.

Since the cooler months are upon us, many like me have decided to straighten so knowing the basics behind using heat is especially important now.

If you want a sleek silky flat iron the foundation has to be solid; everything that you do from start to finish will affect the results including how sleek your hair looks, the shine it has and how long it lasts.

Here are four simple but necessary steps you will need to get your best flat ironed style this season.

Step One – The Wash

I would highly recommend flat ironing your hair on freshly washed hair, especially if you plan to keep your hair straight for a while. This means using shampoo to remove all excess dirt, oils and product.

You can choose to clarify your hair which just means using a shampoo that contains sulfates or you can used a moisture based sulfate free shampoo to avoid too much stripping and possible dryness.

The choice you make depends on the condition of your hair prior to starting the process. For instance, If you know that you have some hard to reach dirt and grime, then you might opt for a hard core clarification otherwise if you have been light on products then a sulfate free shampoo would be the better choice.

Step Two – The Condition

Protein is your best friend before using heat because you want your hair to be extra strong to withstand the heat process and potential damage.

With that said we cannot deny how important it is to fortify your hair with moisture as well. When conditioning choose a product that has moisture components as well as protein that way you give your hair everything it needs.

When choosing your products look for things like, water, keratin, or hydrolyzed protein in the ingredient list and determine where each of these ingredients fall on the list. The higher on the ingredient list an ingredient falls, the more of that ingredient the product has in it.

Step  Three – Protect

Protecting your hair against heat is one of the most important steps you can take before using heat. We have said before that heat breaks the bonds in your hair to create that straight look, however we do not want to break these bonds permanently as we want complete reversion back to your curls once we are done with the style.

Choose a great heat protectant for your hair and use it before blow drying if you choose to do that, and a touch more before using the flat iron.

Step  Four – The Technique

In the video below You Tuber Jaleesa demonstrates a great technique, using small sections and adjusting the temperature of the flat iron based on her hair type. It is always best to use small sections because to get that straight sleek look every strand needs to be touched by the flat iron.

Additionally using the comb chase method is one of the oldest tricks in the book but it keeps your hair tangle free and just makes your hair even sleeker. Other things you can do include angling the flat iron to create simple curls and bumping the ends under or just keeping it straight for that bone straight look.

Peep the video…

Have you straightened lately?

Originally posted 2013-12-05 20:00:39.

About Petra

Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra

Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.


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Kesha Michelle

Love winter hair lol

Sheryl Hite

What is the best type of flat iron to get ?

Jessica Tami

Mamamiaaaa her lips ohhh! Damn

Cerissa Marie Dusuau

I love her lips!!

Taye Cardwell

I sweat at night so not for me lol

Alexis Green

Jalesa Moses <3

Angie Roberts


Dianna Mouton

18 months post bc. Will wait for my 2 year nappianiversary.

Tracey Branch


Amore Williams

Those lips though

Tunisia O Muhammed


Hustle Dollars

those lips tho….

Vanessa Duncan

I love her hair! Great look!

Ebony Lawson

ooooohhh!! Hair crush!!!

Jay Cavaciay

HELL NO! Winter is NOT the best time for straight hair. Leave it NAPPY because Wool keeps your head WARM. I’m from Detroit! It’s Coldest here so I know.

Robert Lawson

Exactly why you shouldn’t get chemicals injected into your lips…

Ebony Lawson

You think her lips are fake?

MzzMaddy Keidz

Those lips are real eh!!!

Akeyla Monae

Her lips are real honey

Keanna Akasha Payne

Gorgeous hair! Who styled it?

Oisobagi Kimchi

Saheed Abdul her lips thouuuugh!

Linda Aunt Faye Pettis

Some gorgeous hair on her!!

B'Neen Highheeldiva

She’s gorgeous!

Loretta A. Smith

#SUMTYPEAWAY(Only cause the song is on)…LOL

Sakina Pecchillo

Someone please explain why its better to flat iron during winter? Doesn’t hair dry out more/ faster during colder weather?

Vinita Black Phoenix Anderson

I’m trying to figure this out myself.

Sakina, the reason a flat iron is better in dryer weather like winter is because there is literally no moisture in the air to swell the strands. When the strands swell thats when you get that poofy, frizzy look, which might be great fro other styles but not great if you want to keep your hair sleek and straight. With that said in the post we mentioned the importance of conditioning your hair, because what you want to do it get your hair moisturized and sealed prior to flat ironing so that it can maintain its own moisture. Obviously with super dry and cold temps you will need to cover up which we do anyway. hope that helps > Em

Joselle Buan-Thorne

I am so frightened to use heat on my daughters fine, 3c/4a hair! I don’t want it to fall out!!! :-/

LaTasha Jones-Whitehead

I wear my hair straight more in the winter because it’s easier to maintain, won’t have to leave the house with cold wet hair, no sweating and poofing. Then again, I live in Arizona, so the weather is perfect in the winter. I wear natural curls in the summer because I leave the house with wet hair and it’s dried and styled by the time I get where I’m going.

Grace Rex

Nice hair buh it’s too much.Lovely lips.

Angel Boyd

Nope…not flat ironing until January/February. Challenging myself to no heat for half of a year…tough to do!

Nicole McClamb

Flat hair is easy to wrap..and wear hats…Buffalo is the coldest….

Blaque Barbie Fondon

Beautiful hair

Racine James

she bomb

Chanta Thrower

Winter dry out my hair and summer the heat puff up my hair …So Spring and Fall is the best time for me

Andria LifeisGood Davis

ooh that hair is beautifulllll

Karen Cuffie-Turner

Her hair is gorgeous!

Arnisha Milkchocolate Holland

i wish i had beautiful black girl lips like her.

Carolyn Belk

She’s gorgeous! Black is beautiful 🙂

Jesseena Adams

Beautiful woman with beautiful lips and hair:-)

DaoneandOnly First-Lady T'Newyzie

Ooh yes! I got to wear my hair down outside for the 1st time on Veteran’s Day w/o worrying about it poofing up(it was so silky & beautiful, I fell in love w/my hair all over again lol).

Nicole Green

Beautiful hair!!!

Ada Patrick

She is pretty

Lydia Amatredjo

what an ugly lips

Ann Eugene

She has Kerry Washington lips lol

Sherice Griffin

She is just as beautiful as her hair!!

Andrea Simpson-Jones


Gilda Pittmon

Cold wet hair in the winter? No thanks…I always flat iron straight in the winter. I make sure I deep condition every week so I can deal with winter dryness.

Latrice Bhatyah

Nope dont do heat but beautiful picture shes pretty

Keisha Wiggins

Has anyone noticed a change in your hair’s curl pattern after long periods of flat ironing? For example, hair that is more wavy rather achieving a full curl?

NettaIam Themainattraction Davis

Love the lips and hair but I won’t be straightening my hair at all

Elisabeth Anne Bernier

She is gorgeous!!! Nice hair style, nice smile, nice makeup!!!! Thumbs up for her!!!! (y)

Jordann Allen


Chala M. Brooks

No I want.

Leonice Williamson

Winter is the best time for natural hair…as a matter of fact all times are the best for natural hair….considering that your hair is part of you, and you are alive.. would you want a flat iron on your skin?

it says winter is the best time to rock straight natural hair …