If you lust after the locks of Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon or Mila Kunis, chances are you’re big fan of shiny, straight hair with a little bend on the ends as we often see on them. Whether you have curly, wavy or straight hair this is a great way to get smoothness without making your hair stick straight. (You may recognize this from our Vidal Sassoon post last month. It didn’t win in the poll, but this is too good not to show!) Okay, here we go…

  1. Brush out any tangles.
  2. Apply a leave-in conditioner to help close the cuticle.
  3. Brush it through to make sure it’s applied consistently.
  4. Now you’re going to “wrap brush”. Wrap brushing is just what it sounds like– you’re using the curve of the head to help smooth out the hair. Wrap everything to the left…
  5. Then wrap everything to the right. Wrap brushing back and forth also helps with funky cowlicks. If your hair is curly and more resistant, this is the point where you would use a round brush to smooth out those curls.
  6. It’s very important that you don’t forget to flip upside down when blowdrying before flat ironing. Why? Because you don’t want the hair pasted down to your head! Always looks better to have the smallest amount of lift at the root.
  7. Section and clip off your sections as you go. Sectioning is a must when flat ironing. If you don’t section, you can miss spots and end up with inconsistent texture. (Nobody wants to be that girl with the curl pattern creeping through the back!)
  8. Go through and mist the hair with a heat-protecting spray.
  9. Personally, I like to mist the whole head, brush it through with a soft bristled brush, then go back and flat iron. That gives the heat protecting liquid time to soak in + dry. If you’re the type who likes to spray each section right before you flat iron, please be sure to let the spray dry before running the iron through.
  10. Run the flat iron through behind a soft bristled brush.
  11. Here’s the trick. Right after the hair comes out of the flat iron, you’ll want to drape it over the brush as you see in photo 11. Let it cool for about 10 seconds and set it down. Once the hair cools with a little bend move to the next section.

We see people who often try to get bend by beveling the flat iron and that’s fine, but this way will give the hair a lot more movement. Try it and let us know how it works for you in the comments below! xo