5 Methods To Straighten Your Curly Hair October 5, 2015

Curls are no doubt beautiful, but it can be quite difficult to tame them, especially on a bad hair day. Sometimes, even the strongest gels don’t work on your curls, leaving them unmanageable. If you are willing to try and change your look, a good option could be to straighten your curly hair. Straight hair is the ‘in’ look these days, and if you follow current trends, you know you should definitely give the curly hair to straight hair look a try.

Most women think twice before straightening curly hair as they are worried about the damage. But with the right technique, equipment and method, you can surely achieve the straight look without much damage. Here are a few methods which are safe to straighten your curly hair.

How To Straighten Curly Hair

Method 1: Use a Straightening Iron

If you use a good quality straightening iron and take proper care, you will be able to straighten hair without much damage. The most important point to remember while using a straightening iron is the temperature. If you have a good quality hair straightener, you will have an option to adjust the temperature.

Adjust the temperature according to your hair type. For fine or slightly damaged hair, use 250 to 300 degree F temperature. For hair of average thickness use 300 to 350 degree F and for hair which is thick, coarse or frizzy use 350 to 400 degree F. Follow these simple steps to straighten your hair using a straightening iron.

  • Wash your hair thoroughly and blow-dry
  • Apply a heat protection spray
  • Properly divide your hair into small sections and layers.
  • Set your straightening iron to the correct and apt temperature
  • Start straightening your hair with the lowest layer (just above your neck).
  • Immediately stop if you see your hair starts to sizzle.
  • Examine in a mirror to make sure you haven’t missed out any layer or section.
  • If you are done with straightening, apply any good quality finishing product such as hairspray or fixer.

Method 2: Hair Straightening Using Milk

  • Milk works like a miracle for curly hair.
  • Take an old spray bottle and pour milk into it.
  • Spray it onto your dry hair.
  • Let it work for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Now wash it off.

Method 3: Use Milk & Honey

  • Take 1 cup milk and add honey to it.
  • Mix it well to create a good paste.
  • Add banana to make it more thick and effective.
  • Bananas are good moisturizers for hair.
  • Apply this paste on your hair and let it work for 1 hour or more.
  • Wait till it completely dries out.
  • Now wash it off with shampoo.

Method 4: Olive Oil to Straighten Curly Hair

This is yet another effective and natural method for hair straightening. Olive oil helps a lot in the process of straightening your hair naturally.

  • Take two eggs.
  • Beat them.
  • Add suitable amount of olive oil.
  • Mix it well.
  • Apply it covering your hair properly.
  • Let it work for 45 minutes.
  • Now wash it off with shampoo.

This may not give you instant results. But if you do this at least 2 – 3 times a week, you will see great results after a month.

[ Read:Natural Tips For Silky Hair ]

Method 5: Coconut Milk for Hair Straightening

The best thing to straighten your hair naturally is coconut milk.

  • Pour 1 cup of coconut milk in a bowl.
  • Squeeze half a lemon into it.
  • Mix well.
  • Put this mixture in the fridge for an hour.
  • Now apply it, covering your hair.
  • Take a towel and heat it up using a dryer for a few minutes.
  • Wrap this warm towel around your head. This will help to soak in the nutrients.

Now simply wash your hair after 35-50 minutes.

The above-mentioned mixes are a few effective ways to straighten curly hair. Using a straightening iron is the most common method, while the other four are more home-made hair straightening methods. But these natural ways of hair straightening are very effective. They do not have any side effects on your hair.

Let us know which ones you tried and if they helped you.


  • Ragini

    These are real good natural methods to straighten the curly hair. I found them to be wow! I am gonna surely try these last four methods to make my curly hair straight. I always longed for curly hair but i didnt wanna go for any treatment as they are not completely safe. Thanq for this post!

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Ganesh, straightening hair using a straightening iron can give instant results. Whereas methods like applying milk / coconut milk / milk and honey / olive oil takes time. Follow any of these methods for at least 2 – 3 times a week for a month to see the results.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Ganesh, using honey on your scalp is not harmful to your hair rather it helps you for the proper nourishment of hair and can be considered as a best hair pack, if you apply it on hair in a proper manner. Honey contains vitamins, minerals, is antibacterial, acts as a humectant (attracts moisture), and has incredible healing properties. Due to the many characteristics of honey, hair is actually nourished and enriched. In short, it is food for hair. Honey doesn’t grey the hair.. It actually might lighten the hair color. Honey reacts with water and creates hydrogen peroxide, which is responsible for lightening hair. But its said that the reaction is a very slow process. So the chances for the effect may be very less.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Sejal, using heating tools like straightener can damage hair in a long run. The right way to use straightener is to use it at right temperature. Always adjust the temperature according to your hair type. For fine or slightly damaged hair, use 250 to 300 degree F temperature. For hair of average thickness use 300 to 350 degree F and for hair which is thick, coarse or frizzy use 350 to 400 degree F. Ensure to apply a heat protection spray. Minimize the use of straightener as much as possible, instead opt for natural methods like the application of coconut milk or oiling of hair.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Sonu, to make your straight hair curly, few methods are:
    1. Using bobby pins – Your hair can be freshly washed, but the curl will likely hold better if you washed it a day or two ago. First step is to divide your hair into sections. Take bigger sections of your hair for large curls and smaller sections for small curls. Divide your hair a section at a time. Lightly twist the section in your hand. Wrap each section loosely around two fingers. Once you have a small, loose bun, use two bobby pins to hold it in place. Continue that with the rest of your hair. Go to sleep with it pinned up. When you wake up in the morning, remove the pins. You can use your fingers to loosen the curls but don’t run a brush or comb through it.
    2. Curling iron – It is important to curl hair while it is dry, because it’s more easy to damage your hair when it’s wet. Before you start curling, make sure your hair is free of tangles. Before you use your curling iron, spray in hairspray to help the curls hold. Let it dry before you start curling your hair. In the end shape your curls with your fingers.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Dear Nithya, you can straighten your colored hair with a straightening iron. However, if you are opting for chemical straightening then be aware that permanent wave and thio-straightening processes use peroxide as a neutralizer, you may experience some fading of the color. Visiting a salon for the services will also allow you to have a professional perform an analysis of your hair and help you with the procedure.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Shristi, preparing coconut milk at home is easy and simple. For which you need a fresh coconut and 2-3 cups of warm water, extract coconut flesh from the shell. You can also scrape the brown skin of the coconut flesh. Blend the pieces of coconut with water till it forms a forms a smooth slurry. Pour coconut mixture through a muslin cloth or nut milk bag into a mason jar or pitcher. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible, and transfer the coconut milk to the refrigerator. Your coconut milk is ready to use.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Natasha, some of best hair straighteners available in the market are: Remington S1001 Hair Straightener, Philips HP 8339 Hair Straightener, Philips HP 4696/22 6 in 1 Hair Styler (Golden And Silver), Panasonic EH HW17 Hair Straightener (White) and Nova NHS-873 Hair Straightener. Choose any of these products depending upon your hair type.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Vidhi, to apply milk and honey to your hair, use a half to a full cup of full fat milk (room temperature) and add either one or 2 big tablespoons of honey. Mix well to get the honey to melt. Apply this to your hair. Preferably use unboiled milk and apply to hair when it is not oiled.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Megha, yes… the milk can be applied with your hands. Gently massage your scalp and hair with your fingers while applying.