In order to find the best tips for straightening thick hair, I decided to reach out to reach out to expert Niccola Bowen, a professional hair stylist based in the UK. Having dealt with many types of hair (both cutting and styling), she quickly gave me some key points that can cut down on time and leave your hair looking as straight as you had hoped for!
1. Make sure your hair is dry
2. Use oils
Although an advocate for heat-protectant serums and sprays, Niccola explains that "most products these days have [these] properties." For this reason, she also uses oils because they are easily absorbed by the hair instead of simply coating it. For thick hair, she suggests using Orofluido, which contains cyperus, argon, and linseed oil. "It's a denser product, so it's great for thicker hair," she says.
You can apply this to wet hair before styling and afterwards to "smooth over any difficult frizzy bits."
3. Prep the flat iron at the right temperature
Sometimes your hair might not be straightening quickly enough, causing you to run the flat iron over you hair a bunch of times. This repetitive movement can actually cause your hair to go static! To avoid this, turn the heat up on your straightener. A good rule of thumb: thicker hair, hotter straightener.
4. Straighten your hair with your overall style goal in mind
If you want your hair to be pin-straight, divide it into small sections and begin straightening from the bottom layers to the top. Glide the straightener only a few times over each section before moving along.
If you want smoother, rather than pin-straight, divide it into bigger sections. Niccola suggests running the straightener clamped tightly over each part slowly, so as to make sure the heat penetrates each section, but without as much direct contact with the straightener.
5. Brush don't comb!
When straightening hair, or even while blow-drying, the temptation to comb it (since it is so greatly enforced) can run high. But before you do so, grab a brush instead! Unlike when your hair is wet, "[combing] dry hair can cause split ends and static," she says. Remember her rule: "Brush for dry and comb for wet!"
6. Add volume
If all of these methods don't give you the volume you're looking for, it might be best to blow-dry your hair straight and then quickly run the straightener through the parts that need a bit more help.