Straightening your hair is a seemingly easy task, but it often takes longer than you think. If your hair is thick or curly, straightening your hair can be a major time suck. Or if you’re like me, you spend all your time in the morning doing your makeup, and leave your hair for the last 5 minutes of getting ready. Given that I’m usually in a rush to style my hair, I’ve come up with a few tricks for straightening my hair as quickly as possible. Check out my tips below:
Wash your hair: Clean hair is easiest to straighten. I suggest washing your hair first and following my tips for blow drying your hair in half the time. Before straightening, make sure your hair is completely dry! If you don’t have time to wash your hair, dry shampoo will work. Just make sure you are using it correctly (find out how here).
Find the right temperature: Can your hair take the heat? Experiment with the heat settings to find the highest temperature your hair can handle. The highest setting on a straighter is often too hot. Find a temperature the effectively straightens your hair without burning it to a crisp.
Use a heat protectant: A good heat protectant is like sunscreen for your hair. This is especially important if you are straightening your hair at a high temperature. Less heat damage equals less breakage and frizz, which makes your hair easier to straighten.
Invest in a good straightener: A good straightener can make all the difference. If you are always in a rush, I recommend a straightener that heats up quickly. I’m a huge fan of the classic GHD straighter ($149). It heats up in under a minute and turns off on it’s own if you leave it on too long (which is awesome if you are like me and are constantly worrying that you left your straightener on).
Size does matter: When choosing a straighter, pick one that is no more than 1.5 inches wide (I recommend 1 inch). Smaller irons allow you to reach the root of your hair. Thicker straighteners are good for styling, but are not as effective at straightening.
Section your hair: Whatever you do, don’t randomly straighten chunks of your hair. This method might seem quicker, but it won’t effectively straighten your locks. Instead, divide your hair using clips and straighten smaller sections at a high heat. This will help you track your process and will prevent you from unnecessarily straightening the same piece of hair twice. If you’re really in a rush, cheat the system by only straightening the top layer of your hair.