The Safest Ways To Straighten Your HairTaylor Swift’s relationship with Harry Styles may have fallen out of popularity, but straight hair never goes out of style! Women literally put irons to their hair during the mid-20th century to get the look for casual and formal occasions, and now we have upgraded to the plug-in straightener. Today’s straighteners make it super easy to quickly style your hair, get rid of frizz, and get out the door. From this standpoint, it seems that there are plenty of reasons to justify flat ironing.

The major issue with hair straightening is that heat causes damage. The heat from the straightener not only can break the hair, but it makes it weaker. This leads to frizz, which leads to using a flat iron, and that leads to more damage. Unfortunately, this is going to be an ongoing cycle of damage to your hair.

If you still want beautiful straight locks, the good news is that there are plenty of ways to protect your hair. With a little bit of time and energy, you will be on your way to having healthier, even more, beautiful hair.



  1. This should go without saying, but you need to purchase a proper flat-iron. The flat iron should have ceramic plates, tourmaline coating, and temperature control. If it does not have ceramic plates, do not buy it!

  2. Use a straightening shampoo and conditioner in the shower, so your hair is prepared. Dr. Yates Hydration Bundle is a reliable, affordable option, and it will lock in moisture and help prevent further heat damage.

  3. When your hair is wet, use a brush that is meant for wet hair. Brushes with capped bristles help to remove the wetness while also safely detangling.

  4. Your hair should be 100 percent dry!  If your hair is wet, you are asking for the straightener to boil your locks. If you can air dry your hair overnight by towel drying and then sleeping on it, that is even better!

  5. When you plug in your straightener before you straighten your hair, 310 degrees Fahrenheit is the magic number. Several straighteners can go up to 400 degrees, and that is just not necessary. You will get a great result at 310, and it will be better for your hair too.

  6. Put on a heat protectant. Dr. Yates Miracle Blowout will help save your hair from the heat of the flat-iron, and you can use it every time you treat your hair with heat, including a blow-dry.



Run the straightener over a small area of hair one time. One time, that’s it! It sounds simple, but think about how many times you typically go over an area to get that perfect look you want. Chances are it is more than once, and constantly going over the same hair is going to be so detrimental. In order to know what hair has been heat treated, you should use hair ties or clips to hold the untreated hair.


Not Using Heat

As unconventional as it sounds, it is possible to straighten hair without the use of heat. A few methods of straightening your hair without a blow dryer or flat iron are below:

  • Foam Curlers: The rollers should be large, about the same diameter as a drink can. After you towel dry your hair and put a straightening product in, roll your hair in the rollers. Go to sleep for the night and take out the rollers in the morning. Once the rollers are out, brush your hair and use a little bit of shine spray to get rid of any frizz.

  • Wet Bun: After you brush your hair, form a ponytail and twist the hair like a rope. Turn the twist into a bun, let it air dry, and then brush it again once it’s dry.

  • Overnight Ponytail: Put your hair into a low ponytail, then add hair ties loosely to every inch of the ponytail. Go to bed, and take it out in the morning.

  • Homemade Mask: They weird some people out, but there are tons of recipes for homemade straightening masks all over the internet. These recipes are made of things you have in your kitchen every day, so it can be super convenient, and you won’t need to wait for an Amazon delivery or run to Ulta. You can mix 2 cups of milk with 1 egg. Let your hair soak for 10 minutes, squeeze it out, and wrap it in a plastic bag or hair cap for 30 minutes, and wash it out.


After / Long Term

There are a couple of long-term changes that you should make to improve the overall quality of your hair.

First of all, wait a few days before washing and restyling. If you take these steps to protect your hair from heat, and if you put some effort into it, your straight hair should last a couple of days. The less you wash your hair, the better it is for your hair and scalp anyway.

You should also invest time in a deep conditioning routine. Dr. Yates Resuscitating Oil can be used to repair damage, lock in moisture, and give off a gorgeous, healthy shine. If you have very curly or kinky hair, you may want to use a deep conditioner more often, like once per week, for a couple of weeks before you straighten it.

Taking these additional steps may not be something you are used to, and you may think it will take too much time. But think about the state of your current hair.

Your hair is part of your image, and you want to look and feel confident. Your hair is one of the first things people will look at when you walk in a room. Always remember that like straight hair, healthy hair never goes out of style.