Ladies with wavy hair often long for smooth, straight locks. If this describes you, the good news is that following a few simple steps can transform your look while at the same time help to keep your hair healthy and strong.

First and foremost, understanding your hair is an important factor to keeping wavy hair straight and frizz free. Each strand of hair has an exterior layer called the cuticle, and moisture helps to keep these layers tightly woven. Wavy and curly hair is prone to dryness more so than naturally straight hair and therefore the cuticle layers often tend to separate. Keeping your hair moisturized, getting trims on a regular basis, and not over-processing your hair are big factors in keeping your hair healthy, shiny, and frizz free.

Wavy hair is different for each person and a little experimentation is typically required, but the following advice typically works for almost any hair type.

While washing your hair, use a good conditioner. It is not necessary to drop a lot of cash on salon based formulas, but don't opt for the cheapest conditioner either. Make sure the conditioner coats your hair completely and soaks in for at least two minutes before rinsing with cool water. Rinsing with hot water keeps your hair cuticle expanded, which can facilitate layer separation. Cool water, on the other hand, helps to keep the hair cuticle smooth and tight. When you are finished, gently squeeze the water out of your hair with a towel, and if you use a hair dryer, use the coolest setting possible along with the air diffuser attachment. Dry your hair one small section at a time while using a comb or brush to keep it from moving around too much.

After your hair is completely dry, section it off in 1-2 inch segments, clipping it close to your head so the sections will stay out of your way until you are ready to straighten them. Heat your flat iron on the lowest setting possible, and remember that some experimentation on the proper heat setting might be needed as everyone's hair is different.

Depending on how thick your hair is, secure a section of your hair in between the iron at the roots, and in a smooth steady motion, move it down the length of your hair. It takes a little practice to know how much hair to section off and how slow to go, but practice makes perfect! Continue this process working up to the crown of your head until you are done with all the sections. Finally, finish it off with a silicone based hair serum. The serum adds shine and also keeps the cuticle nice and smooth, but be careful - a little goes a long way! For instance, shoulder length hair may need only a dime sized amount of serum, but long hair might require a quarter-sized dab.

Following these steps, your hair will stay smooth and straight until it gets wet again. As an added step, look for products that are specifically designed to moisturize your hair. The bottom line is that experimentation and care are the key variables to changing your look from wavy to smooth, so be patient and sooner or later you will surely be on your way to a brand new look.

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