When straightening your hair, make sure you prepare your hair properly to prevent damage. Whether you have curly hair and you want to go straight or you have straight hair and want to add body and shine, you can use a ceramic hair straightener, also known as a flat iron, to achieve that look.
Shampoo and condition your hair. Use a product that smooths and moisturizes your hair. One such product line is "Sleek Look" by Matrix. Because straightening can cause damage to the hair, consider using a "Recovery Treatment" system, which you can apply after shampooing your hair and leave in for two to three minutes before rinsing out.
Apply a styling cream or gel to your hair. To protect your hair from the heat used in the straightening process, use a product that protects your hair. This product may also control frizz but doesn't make your hair stiff.
Blow-dry your hair. Use a wire-rimmed hairbrush because its metal brushes become hot with the heat from the hair dryer, which allows you to begin straightening your hair while drying it.
Separate your hair into sections. Begin by straightening the bottom of your hair, better known as "underneath." Place the remainder of your hair on top of your head with a clip and pull down sections of your hair from the clip as you work your way around your head, straightening the sections as you go.
Use a smoothing iron spray. When you pull a section of your hair down, spray it with a protection and smoothing spray, such as "Iron Smoother" by Matrix. This spray will also leave your hair with a shine.
Complete your straightened hair. Because water can cause even the straightest hair to curl or become frizzy, it's important to use a water-free hairspray.