1. Create your base. Comb in a lightweight leave-in conditioner cream after shampooing. If a cream is too heavy for your liking, try a spray instead.
2. Protect your hair.
Also use a heat protective spray like got2b Guardian Heat Protect 'N Blow Out (plus has smells really good!). This will make your hair shiny without weighing it down.
3. Use a jumbo round brush.
The bigger the brush barrel, the straighter your hair will turn out.
4. Work in sections.
This will ensure that you're covering your entire head and will make hair more manageable. Try clipping up your all your hair and only un-clip one-inch sections at a time.
5. Position your dryer right.
Keep it pointed down the hair shaft as you're running it over your locks for the most smoothing benefits.
6. Break out the flat iron.
Never use it on your roots, since that can make them appear flat. If you do have flyaways, try clamping the iron shut and glide the ends of the plates along your part.
7. Seal it in.
Take a dime-sized amount of finishing cream (try John Freida Secret Weapon Finishing Cream) and work it into the ends of your hair. Remember: applying a cream to your roots will weigh hair down and make it look greasy, so start three inches or so down the shaft.
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