Do Your Prep
The right products and well-trimmed ends are key to making this look work, says Lance Blanchette of the Lounge Hair Studio in Vancouver. Before blow-drying, use a serum to help control frizz. Apply it to your fingers first, then run them through your hair avoiding your roots.
Blow It Out
If you want a sleek look with some volume up top, Blanchette suggests blow-drying first with a round brush and then touching up the ends with a flat iron. If you prefer a straight-all-over style, use a paddle brush for your blowout. Finish with a few drops of serum.
Smooth and Protect
Make sure your hair is completely dry before using a flat iron, and remember to spray on a thermal protector to prevent your hair from getting scorched.
Pro tip / Flat-iron fab
Straighten from the middle of the hair and work your way down. Avoid the roots (unless your hair is super curly) or your style will look flat. Take your time-and straighten the hair in sections, says Blanchette, so each strand gets a more efficient blast of heat.
Get this look
New tool This flat iron dispenses a conditioning steam and smooths out hair. K-Pak Professional ReconstRx VaporIron straightener, $200.
Shine on Add a smooth finish with this styling essential. Sleek Finish Cream serum, $8.
Hold fast Keep your style looking fresh with a humidity resistor. TreSemmé Naturals finishing spray, $6.
Hot stuff Use before styling to protect hair from the heat. Pantene Pro-V Heat Protection & Shine spray, $6.