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How to Straighten A Hair Wig-Flat Iron and Hair Dryer Method

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Last updated Jan 9, 2024

Knowing how to straighten a human hair wig will not only give it a different look, but it will also make it easier to manage until your next wash. And sometimes even if you buy a curly wig, you want to straighten it after a while.

Today, I will mainly introduce how to use the flat iron method and a hair dryer to straighten hair.


  • Flat Iron Method

  • Hair Dryer Method

  • Steam Method

1. Preparations

1) Shampoo and condition hair

Step into the shower or bathtub, knead the shampoo into a foam, and apply it on the scalp, gently push the scalp with your fingertips, and remember not to scratch the scalp with your fingernails. There are many bacteria in the nails.Once the delicate scalp is scratched, it is easy to induce infection. Then rinse off with warm water. Apply a small amount of Lightweight Volumizing Conditioner to the ends of the hair (from mid-shaft to ends) and rinse the conditioner with lukewarm water.

Warm water opens the pores and cleanses the scalp.A lightweight volumizing shampoo that won't weigh down your fine hair with added moisturizers.

2) Squeeze moisture out of hair

After rinsing your hair with lukewarm water, first, gently squeeze excess water out of your hair with your hands; then, wring out excess water with a cotton towel.

3) Apply heat protectant

Heated styling tools, like blow dryers and irons, can damage hair, causing unwanted frizz and breakage. To minimize damage, always apply a heat protectant to damp hair.

For fine hair, use a volumizing mousse with added heat protectants.

For coarse or thick hair, use a smoothing serum with added heat protectants.

For natural hair, use a silicone-based heat protection serum.

4) Dry fine or thick hair

First dry your hair roughly. With the nozzle pointing down, blow dry wet hair until approximately 80% dry. If your hair is damaged, let it air dry naturally. If your hair is relatively healthy or you're in a hurry, blow dry your hair with a blow dryer and a round brush.

Drying hair all the way will result in smoother hair. It will also give more volume to your hair.

5) Air dry or blow dry hair

If you have time to let your hair dry naturally, you can curl your hair into a roll or braid and let it dry overnight. If you must blow dry your hair, use the lowest setting and hold the dryer a few inches from your hair. Consider using a nozzle attachment with a brush on your hair dryer.

2. Flat Iron Method:

hair straight with flat iron

1) Let the iron preheat

Insert the flat iron and let it heat up for three to five minutes before moving on to the next step. Choose a temperature setting according to your hair:

For thinning hair, use the lowest heat setting.

For average hair thickness, use medium heat (approximately 300-350/F ).

For thicker hair, use high heat (400-450/F). To be safe, you may want to start low and work your way up until you can straighten your hair in one go.

2) Separate a lock of hair

Starting with the bottom layer of hair, part a section of hair 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) wide. This should be small enough that you can easily fit the flat iron around it and straighten it in one go.

3) Clamp the iron over the roots

Hold the iron 1-3 inches (2.5-7.5 cm) above the scalp and bring the two heated sides together with the hair in between, straightening too close to the scalp may damage the roots or burn the scalp.

Be sure not to clamp too tightly, as this will create a ridge at the top of your hair. Leaving the iron in one place for too long can also cause wrinkles.

If any excess hair falls out of the iron, turn the iron on and try again with a small amount of hair.

4) Move the iron down the length of the hair

Slowly move the iron down the length of the hair. Always apply the same pressure to the hair. Do not twist or move the iron, or your hair may frizz.

It's normal to see steam coming out of your hair and iron. Your hair isn't burning; it's just the heat protectant evaporating a bit.

If you see a lot of steam or smell burnt hair, move the iron more quickly.

If your hair is particularly curly or frizzy, start with a few brushes near the top, then follow the instructions for a slow tug.

5) Repeat for the rest of the hair

When you're done with one section, unpin the next section and repeat. Work from the lowest layers of hair to the surface. Pay special attention to the back of your head, it's easy to miss the kinks that hide from your view.

6)Smooth hair

If you have a few flyaway strands, try smoothing them out using one of the following methods:

Take a drop of pomade, about the size of a pea, or even smaller.

Spritz a little hairspray on flyaway strands and comb them through. You can apply hairspray to all your hair to keep it out of the wind and moisture. Hold jar 12 to 14 inches (30-38 cm) from hair.

2. Hair Dryer Method

hair straight with hair dryer

1) Blow hair until 80% dry

Hold the hair dryer a few centimeters away from your hair, flick your hair with your other hand to dry all layers evenly, and then blow your hair until it is 80% dry.

2) Hair structure

Blow-dry your hair and tie it into sections, making sure each section is straight.

3) Use front-end processor

Turn on the hair dryer and lift it to a distance of 5 to 7.5 cm from the hairbrush. Generally, you only need to adjust the temperature to a moderate level to reduce damage to your hair. However, if you have very curly hair, use the hottest setting and keep your hair dry and straight.

4) Blow your hair

Tighten your hair, blow-dry it at an angle in front of you, follow closely with the hairbrush, and slowly comb your hair from root to end. If your hair is fine, it should be combed upward. If you want your hair to be tame, comb it smoothly. No matter which direction you comb, the front machine must be blowing at a certain angle, so that you can finally blow from the root to the end of your hair, making your hair smooth. It tames the hair shaft and prevents frizz, allowing hair to dry completely.

5) Repeat several times

It only takes one blowout to dry out that lock of hair. Continue blow-drying the same strand of hair until it is well dry and straight.

3. Other Method

shower steam

1) Place the wig stand in the bathroom. Close the window, turn on the hot shower, and wait until the room is full of steam to begin the next step.

2) First use a wide-toothed comb to gently comb the wig, remember to start from the end and brush to the root. The steam heats the fibers and causes the curls to relax. A wide-toothed comb will only roughly straighten the hair and is not very detailed. At this time, use a fine-toothed comb to straighten the hair to ensure neatness. Repeat at least three times, or until the wig is completely straight.

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