Today the “in” look for teens through womanhoodA�is the straight, sleek hair styles that exude confidence, poise, and style.A� Unfortunately, most of us were not born withA�perfect hair.A� We fight curls, frizziness, coarseness, fineness, color (or lack thereof), and downright contrariness when it comes to our hair.A� We even go so far as to rate how our day is going by a “good” or “bad” hair day.A� A womanA�may be impeccablyA�dressed with perfect makeup, nails, and accessories, but if her hair is a mess, she does NOT look good.A�A�Conversely, if her hair is gorgeous, she still looks good.A� So, I think it’s safe to say that a woman’s hair is either her best or worst asset. To get the straight, sleek styles that so many women admire these days,A�thereA�are aA�few “must haves” to get this trendyA�look.

Assuming you have a good haircut, the first step in creating your sleek “do” is selectingA�a shampoo and conditioner which address theA�difficult areasA�ofA�your hair.A� Determine the factors that make your hair challenging and look for products that correct these flaws.A�You will need a shampooA�and conditioner that lend themselves to the straight styling and anti-frizz look. A�Ask your hair professional for suggestions.A� He/SheA�is most familiar with yourA�hair and theA�productsA�which will work well for you.

After the shampoo and conditioning areA�done, a finishing product should be used on wet hairA�which will enhanceA�your ability to achieveA�the straight style you are pursuing.A� Again, there are numerousA�products available for use before blow dryingA�your hair, and individualA�hair needs will vary.A� Personally,A�since my untamedA�hair is coarse, colored, andA�frizzy,A�I swear by the products that contain sunscreens, vitamins, and SILICONS.A� They make lackluster hair shiny and manageable.A� Some of the best finishing products on the market are CitreA�Shine’s Miracle Anti-Frizz Serum, John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease Hair Serum, Marc Anthony’s Simply Straight Instant Straightening Cream, Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum, an Herbal Essence’sA�None of Your Frizziness.

After applying the finishing product, dry your hair with a hair dryerA�which is designed to give you the desired results.A� Not all hair dryers are equal.A� For fly away or fine hair, select a product that has ionic heat like Hot Tools Anti-Static Ion Professional.A� This dryer uses negative ions to eliminate static and conditions hair with a moist heat that seals in moisture.A� If you straighten your hair more than once a week, use a dryer with an infrared heatA�feature since it A�dries hair from the inside out and causes less damage to the hair (CHI Rocket Professionals).A� If humid climate wreaks havoc on your tresses, try a dryer that features crystals like Metropolis Z-Ion Zirconia.A� This dryerA�feature usesA�zirconia crystals to counteract the charge that creates frizzinessA�andA�results in glossier hair.A�

Once you have applied the finishing product and dried your hair with a good quality dryer, it is now time to add the crowning touch with a flat iron.A� To protect against heat damage from a flat iron, you should use a heat protector.A� Although some of the finishing products mentioned earlier have heat protection properties, I still find it helpful to use a heat protective spray.A�A�SomeA�of the most effective heat protectantA�products are Tresemme, TigiA�SA�Factor, Keratase’sA�CimentA�Thermique, GHDA�Thermal Spray, and Redken Heat Glide.

Again, like hair dryers, flat irons are not all the same.A� Some of the best rated flat irons (at least 4 stars out of 5) are SeduA�Pro Ionic Ceramic, Solia Tourmaline Ceramic Ion, A�HAIA�Convertable Ceramic, CHI Ceramic, GHD Classic StylerA�Hair Straightener and BaByliss.A� Personally, I have a CHI Ceramic flat iron and have been very pleased with it.

To createA�a dazzling straight style, your hair should be straightened in small sections.A�I use metal hair clips to separate my hair into sections.A� Beginning with the bottom layer of hair,A�IA� take a small section of hair,A�spray withA�the heat protectant,A�and apply theA�flatA�iron next to the roots and slowly glide the iron along the hair section to the endsA�with a smooth, straight motion.A�This process is repeatedA�until all hair sections have been straightened.

Finally,if desired, use a finishing spray (hair spray).A� I skip this step since the finishing product and heat protectant seal my hair,A�making hair spray unnecessary.A� Also hair spray will create a stiffer effect and prohibit your hair from havingA�silky,A�flowing texture and movement.

After following each of these steps carefully and using good products and appliances to straighten and enhance your best hair features, you are now ready to step back andA�admireA�your beautiful tresses.A� Put on your fashion best, go out on the town,A�and get ready for lots of compliments!

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