Red-Carpet Hair: How To Get Super-Sleek Strands—Even If You’Ve Got Naturally Curly Hair

How to get rid of frizzy hair

When your hair has any sort of texture—from soft waves to major curls—the secret to creating silky results is to treat it with TLC and a whole lotta moisture. Since curly hair is naturally drier and more easily damaged than other hair textures, it requires a gentle touch and more emollient products to avoid creating breakage, which can result in more frizz. Start by washing your hair with a moisturizing sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner, which will cleanse your hair and scalp without stripping them of their much-needed natural oils. Once you’re out of the shower, coat your still-wet hair with silicone-free L’Oréal Paris Stylista #Sleek Smoothing Serum, which creates long-lasting, silky-smooth hair without any greasy residue. It’s important to apply the serum while your hair is still wet so you can stop frizz before it has a chance to form. Next, use a wide-toothed comb or a brush designed for wet hair to very gently detangle your hair from tips to roots in order to avoid snags. Again, separating waves and curls with as much care as possible goes a long way in preventing frizz from forming later on. 

A silky-straight blow-dry

The best way to straighten curly hair is to start with a high-quality hair dryer and a sturdy paddle brush that will help stretch out your curls while they dry without damaging them. Start by clipping your top layer of hair out of the way. If your hair is very curly, you may also want to divide and clip back the lower section so you have lots of space to work on one handful of hair at a time. Blow-dry each section by slowly pulling your paddle brush through your hair to straighten it while you keep the air flow pointed down your hair shaft. This way, your hair cuticle lies as flat as possible, keeping your hair looking smooth and shiny. Continue section by section until your lower layer of hair is completely dry. If you have higher-porosity hair (which dries much faster than others), spritz your top layer of hair with a bit of water before starting the drying process. This may seem counterintuitive, but it will help nix frizz before you start as well as activate your smoothing serum.

Flat ironing for super-straight hair

Before you flick on that flat iron, be sure your hair is bone-dry. This will ensure that you avoid any aggressive heat damage, as well as keep your curls from creeping back once you hit the great outdoors. For additional heat protection, spritz and work some Dream Lengths Heat Slayer into your hair before flat ironing. Section your top layer of hair back once again before using your paddle brush to pull each section straight while you pull your flat iron through it. Keep the iron moving quickly—a few quick passes are better for your locks than one slow roll. Once you’ve completed the top and bottom sections, warm up another pump (or two for hair past your shoulders) of L’Oréal Paris Stylista #Sleek Smoothing Serum in your palms and run them over the bottom and ends of your strands to help smooth them down and seal out humidity. Ensure that your new silky strands can go the distance by finishing up with a fine mist of L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Unfragranced Hairspray. This will protect your hair from frizz, flyaways and humidity throughout the day and night while leaving it shiny and soft to the touch. Flip your head upside down before spraying, and then flip it back before applying once last coat.

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