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How to Straighten Curly Hair

10 Major Mistakes You're Making When You Try to Straighten Curls

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The process of the classic "press and curl" has come a long way from the hot-comb and hair-grease days. We're not talking about your average blowout here. Getting coarse, thick, or curly hair straight requires more than a round brush and blow dryer.

You need to know the proper technique and own several different hot tools to achieve a silky finish on natural textures — and even some pros can't do it without snapping a comb in half, popping the nozzle off the blow dryer, or causing permanent damage to your curls. Before you trust a blowout bar with your delicate strands, we challenge you to try straightening at home (you just might get better results).

We've enlisted the help of Johnny Wright, celebrity hairstylist and artistic style director of Amla Legend, to break down the 10 major mistakes you're making when you flat-iron your curls — with easy fixes. Plus, he reveals the frizz-fighting trick he uses on the first lady to keep her natural hair sleek after a workout.

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