I am a card-carrying member of the Long Hair Don’t Care Club (it’s pretty exclusive). My hair has a mind of its own, and that mind is pretty opinionated. Some days, the curls look passable (kind of like Lorde). However, my hair usually looks like I don’t own a hairbrush (truth: I don’t).
The only way to keep it in check is to straighten it. I’ve been using the same Jilbere de Paris Tourmaline Series Hair Straightener since seventh grade because a) it still works and b) it’s still as amazing as it was back then.
With its red interior plates, I like to think of it as the Christian Louboutin of hair straighteners.
As an Italian girl with thick, curly, Kardashian-length hair, you may think it takes forever for me to straighten my hair, but you’d be wrong--I have it down so I can do it in 15 minutes.
If there’s one thing about the Kardashians that I can appreciate, it’s their dedication to long, straight hair. However, I’m sure Kim has three hairstylists working on her head at the same time, while I just have me, myself and I.
Over the years, this technique has helped me avoid that annoying I-missed-a-section area that you KNOW we’ve all experienced. Trust, you will not be disappointed.
As I mentioned earlier, I don’t own a brush, so I finger-comb out any knots. Plus, brushes tend to make curls frizz out and lose their shape; your fingers can do the same thing but without causing so much trouble.
To establish a smooth start from the beginning, I always straighten the underside of my hair first. It’s kind of like getting a Brazilian--even if no one sees that part of you, you still want it to look good.
I section off the hair below my ears and tie the rest of my hair up in a pony. I start as close to the root as possible and straighten slowly, concentrating on the ends.
Next, drop down one side of hair from eyebrow level and below. Straighten.
Repeat on other side.
Now you have a tiny section in the back to do (if you miss this, it’s the telltale sign that you straighten you hair).
Take the top layer of your hair that you haven’t straightened yet into a pony and place to the side, or, if you’re me, put it in your mouth to hold it out of the way (I’m a creative type, I know). Straighten that section to death to get the kinks out.
Almost there! OK, take half the top layer of your hair and straighten it. Repeat on the other side.
I like to seal everything in with a volumizing spray. For a bit of extra volume, I spray the underside of my hair first and then spritz the top portion 10 to 12 inches away from my hair to prevent oiliness. Then I get overly excited about my hair and I whip it back and forth to distribute the product because how else should you do it?
DUNZO. Go out and live your life.