How To: Straighten Hair Without a Flat Iron

Hey you! Have you entered my giveaway? It's gooood! How was your weekend? Mine flew by! I got a lot accomplished and even took a nap, haha. I enjoyed the small reprieve from the Atlanta heat that is expected to jump 10 degrees this week. When it's so hot out, I don't feel like using a lot of heat on my hair, so I try to limit the heat. Instead of blow drying and then straightening with a flat iron, I do this trick below to straighten hair without a flat iron. It's awesome! This kind of saves you a step, as you're combining two things into one! It's wonderful if you're on a budget and aren't ready to invest in a flat iron. And if you want to learn how to do a blow out, this is a much easier version of that! Think of it as practice before using the big round brush. Enjoy!

While hair is damp, apply straightening lotion/balm/cream.
I'm using BB Straight Blow Dry and it's the best I've ever tried.

Once hair is 70% to 80% dry, get ready to blow dry.
I'm using the Hana Dryer.
You'll need the nozzle for this.

Don't forget the heat protectant!
I like Tresemme. What's your favorite?

You'll need a straightening brush. This one is around $10 from Sally's Beauty.
I like it because I have thick hair, but here's another option.
You might wanna grab some hair clips, too, to keep everything separated.

I like to divide my hair in half, working in small 1-2 inch sections, 
but some like the traditional bottom to top sections.
You'll place the section of hair between the brush and clamp at the roots.

Place the hairdryer against the brush.
You'll be moving them together. 
The vents in it allow the heat to straighten the hair.
You'll start at the roots and move to the ends, just like a flat iron.
Right before I get to the ends, I'll move the hair dryer down, away from the ends.
They don't need as much heat. Repeat process.
 I usually will go over a section twice, since I have thick hair.
Smaller sections go faster.

Try this at a medium speed to get the hang of it.
It usually takes me 15-20 minutes (thick hair!)
For extra shine, I like adding a little Argan oil.
I'm using ArganEsque (pr sample, review coming soon).
I would also suggest adding a product for help with frizz, if that's an issue.

If you don't like super-sleek, like in the first photo,
flip your head over and fluff it out for a little volume, as pictured.
Try it!


  1. I really ought to straighten my curls, but flat iron technique takes quite a bit of time. lol

  2. Oh this looks lovely! I wonder if it works on my hair too! Especially with my stubborn curls. My hair is also really, really thick. I'll see if I can find a straightening brush too! Because once I flat iron my hair, I can't seem to back comb it anymore, which is a shame! :(

    Thanks for the tip!



  3. I know I've said this before, but am so jealous of your healthy hair, Elle:) And my fave heat protectant is Beyond The Zone Turn Up The Heat from Sally Beauty.

  4. Wow. This sounds cool. I like the idea of cutting out a step.
    I have to admit that in the summer I usually pull my hair back (more than I would like). The main reason is because it's so hot that I want it off my face and neck, but I also don't like to be in the bathroom with a blow dryer and heat from the iron when it is already so hot to begin with! It also doesn't help that I go to the pool quite a bit so I figure it's no use putting so much time into my hair when I'm going to be jumping in the water in a few hours.

    (I entered your contest, thanks for providing such a fun giveaway).

  5. nice!
    luckily my hair is super straight, so no need for this...
    have a lovely week,

  6. You have such gorgeous hair! I'm totally jealous.

  7. This is simply awesome... Love your hair!


  8. Boy, do I need this advice! Your hair looks great!

  9. I have a HanaPro dryer and I love it!

    Looking sleek, doll!


  10. This is great! It looks less damaging to use this method than to use a flat iron!

    The Lovely Memoir

  11. Oh man this would have been so helpful this past weekend because I wanted to straighten my hair and I didn't have one. But yeah I will definitely keep this in mind next time i want to straighten my hair. Thanks for sharing! :)


  12. Hey Elle, thanks for the helpful information :) Definitely less damaging. I hope your week is going well so far.

    Hugs to you!

  13. Brilliantly done, love the trick to skip on the hair iron, and the results are perfect!

  14. Love your hair--great look! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  15. it looks great!


  16. I love Bumble & Bumble products so much! Their curl cream makes my hair look amazing (but I just can't justify paying $30 for a tiny little bottle when I go through product so quickly). I've never seen a straightening brush, either. I'll have to give that a try, since using my flat iron in the summer makes me sweaty. :)

  17. I have VERY naturally curly hair and I get keratin treatments at the salon 3 or 4 times a year. When I wash my hair, it goes back to being curly - just less than normal. I couldn't get my hair straight without my flat iron I don't think.

  18. You have done your hair perfectly! Just love the result, gorgeous!:) Kisses Elle! xo

  19. Thank you for such a useful post! I don't like using an iron on my hair, so this is definitely something I'll try. x

  20. Oh fun! I haven't tried straightening my hair without a straightener!

  21. brilliant! I had never seen those straightening brushes! (I hate tresemme's heat protectant, dont know why but I feel like it leaves my hair even drier and kinda sticky?)

  22. What an interesting product! I'm not sure I can part with my straightener but I might have to check this out!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  23. This is so great! I'm going to have to invest in some new product!

  24. Very nice suggestions! I have wavy hair and I love straightening brushes! I think it's worth trying what you suggested! Thanks for sharing it!

  25. Thanks for taking the time to stop by :)

  26. I've used this method before too! I have a brush like yours, its so handy, xoxo.

  27. These look like some great products for straightening - you've got some gorgeous hair girl!

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  28. I would love to try this, I have such wavy hair, even with a straightening iron it's hard to tame.

  29. Your hair looks spectacular! Love the idea of not using flat iron in hot weather.
    hugs from New York,
    Ask Erena

  30. I absolutely love this post and you can bet I will be trying this out. I love when my hair is straight but the flat iron causes so much damage to my hair that I try not to use it too often.

    Tracy @ www.sunnydaystarrynight.com

  31. Your hair looks amazing!! I am happy you shared this! Now I need to go buy some of these products and try it out.

  32. This brush straightener looks awesome. Great post! Oh and you should totally do an empties video. :-)

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

  33. omg i have never seen anything like that before! that is really cool

  34. I need that brush in my life for blow drying !

    Breakfast at Cindi’s

  35. Am dashing out to find one of those straightening brushes! I've seen them about, and just thought 'gimmick'; but glad I read this tutorial. Thanks!

  36. I love curling my hair with straighteners, sometimes it's actually 10x better than curling tongs. More loose and natural looking x
    YSB Trading Inc.

  37. Yeah this is quite lovely. My sister love straight hair and used to spend hours with her flat iron. Now I think I can suggest her a quick way to do it. I always wondered if everyone would be spending equal time as she was.


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