The holy grail of hair straightening. If you know, you know. Your arms have probably experienced fatigue from the blow-drying, sectioning, spraying, flattening, and backcombing. And if you’ve lost the motivation to get those sleek, shiny tresses due to labor involved, we are about to make your life easier.
There are many different straightening products that run the gambit of prices and results, but ultimately none of them will work well if you aren’t keeping your hair healthy. When you try to straighten an unhealthy head of hair, it sometimes looks worse for the wear so do yourself a favor and keep your hair happy.
Depends On Your Hair
Depending on the coarseness and length of your hair, you may need something stronger. If you are one of our fine-haired-friends, you will want to select something more lightweight.
There are a couple of time-tested favorites for straightening hair (we’re looking at you Bedhead), but each day it seems like hair straightening sprays are getting better and stronger. Break out the flat iron, grab your round brush and get ready to have celebrity-style straightness. We’ve reviewed a ton, and these are our favorites:
At the top of our list is a historically respected name in the hair industry – Matrix. If you want to defrizz, volumize and hydrate all at once, this will be the best product in your arsenal. Perfect for any hair type, you can also protect your strands using this ultra-quality heat protectant cream up to 450 degrees. Thanks to its most active ingredient, shea butter, you will get a super sleek look that will last all day long. Any hair length can use this product, but it was made for medium to long hair, so the bond is strong and can withhold even the heaviest head of hair.
People are often pleasantly surprised when they realize this drugstore brand can produce such a great look. The shocking thing? People claim that when you use this product you can juice the rewards of ultra-flat, shiny hair for up to three days! If you’re either new to straightening or a seasoned veteran, you know how long it can take to achieve that perfect gloss. For $20, we’ll add a dollop of this on before blow-drying and straightening and enjoy the next few days off from hair straightening.
- Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3
Color-treated hair? Olaplex to the rescue! What was developed as a strengthening treatment turned into a hair straightening gold standard. This product repairs destroyed protein bonds and while it’s heavy-duty, can be used for all hair types. This perfector can be used a few times a week for silky, shiny, healthier hair.
This thermal-friendly treatment reduces breakage, tames frizz, and protects against humidity. All that time you spend blow-drying and straightening? Reduce it by half with this sent-from-above treatment. This scientifically engineered serum contains Morpho-Keratine which reduces breakage, smooths ends, and combats flyaways. It also protects those precious strands up to 450 degrees.
Need something on the cheap that still works and won’t weigh down your hair? John Freida has been a name in anti-frizz products for decades and his 3-day Straight Flat Iron Spray can deliver on its name. Break out the flat iron, because this magic potion is affordable and can give you three full days of fresh, straight hair without damage or looking greasy.
Your straight-haired friends envy those lush, heavy curls but if you want to take a day off from being a swirl queen, this is the product that will instantly nourish your locks and straighten it out. Smoothing, protecting, and providing plenty of shine, this product looks like it came from an apothecary and delivers the extra TLC your curls need. It can define even the most coarse hair and have you straightened to perfection.
If you’re tired of spending hours each week on straightening, you just need to invest in a quality product that can not only shorten that time but give you the silky results you’re after.