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How To Straighten Afro Hair Naturally? “It’s Easy!”

How To Straighten Afro Hair Naturally? “It’s Easy!”

Last updated date Mon Oct 09 2023 By William Brown

Fashion Blog

Hey girl! Yes, you are right there! If you are here means you have already tried all the methods to straighten your locks, and you have already swam in the ocean of the internet and found no treasure. But now be happy, girl! You have come to the right place, and you have found the solution for how to straighten your Afro hair naturally.

The Easy Way or The Healthy Way?

The first thing we believe is you are beautiful, and so is your hair. But we also understand the pain, frustration, and time that goes into styling it. There are several ways to turn your afro hair to straight hair.

For many decades, women have preferred quick and easily accessible treatments like relaxers to manage their curly locks. But what looks like an easy-glam treatment soon wipes the quality and quantity of hair.

Hence, nowadays, many African American women are turning towards natural ways to straighten afro hair to avoid any damage otherwise caused by the application of chemicals. 

It is fairly easy to grab your bag and go to the nearest salon to get your hair straight. But the worry of the chemicals damaging your hair always looms around. 

The beauty of afro hair depends on the amount of care it takes. But how to straighten afro hair naturally? Well, straightening Afro hair is an easy task but a little tricky. Too much heat or chemicals can severely damage your beautiful locks. It can break the hair and gradually make it thin. The once shiny hair will be stripped off its luster if you continue to use chemicals on your hair.

But enough of this fear! It is time to cheer up because we have gathered not one but three effective treatments to get your hair happily healthy and stylishly straight!

How long does afro hair stay straightened?

Now you know that there are many ways to straighten Afro hair. Each method makes afro hair stays straightened for dissimilar times. Moreover, the longevity of straightened afro hair also depends on how you treat it and the characteristics of your hair. In general, straightened afro hair still looks good after 2-3 months. After 2-3 months, your hair will grow and lead to the reappearing of the afro hairstyle. 

Let’s get things straight. There is no way to help you get afro hair straightened permanently. Afro hair is decided by your gene, and you can not take effect on that. All adverts saying your hair can be straightened forever by using their products are for selling purposes.

How to Straighten Afro Hair Naturally At Home

Afro hair has a unique texture and should be treated with immense care and patience. The long kinky curls look amazing on you, but we understand your pain when your curls get out of control!

Now with the support of many high-quality hair straighteners and convenient tools, you do not have to go to the hair salon anymore. Rather, you can do it yourself at home. There are methods that will help you a lot more when straightening afro hair at home.

1 - Blow Dry

When being asked about making afro hair to straight hair, the first thing that pops into many women’s minds is- blow-drying. This technique never gets old. It is an easy and effective technique with guaranteed results. But a word of caution- never, we repeat, never use it on dry hair! Trust us when we say this; it will create a mess. 

Then how to blow dry, you ask? In these steps-

Wash and Condition

Before using any straightening method, the first step is always to wash and deep condition your hair. If you use blow-dry on your dry hair will make your hair brittle. So, remember the first step, wash and condition. 

Go natural with conditioners. Many silicone-based and chemical conditioners are available in the market. But since we are talking of natural ways, then condition your hair with coconut or olive oil-based conditioners. More on that soon. 

But if you are in a hurry and have no time to wash your hair with shampoo, then simply wet your hair before you blow them dry. 


Here, if you haste, you will waste the life of your hair. So approach this step very cautiously and patiently. Tie your hair in a bun, and then brush out your hair section by section to make them tangle-free. 

Now before applying heat, make sure to apply a heat protectant to your hair. You can use coconut oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, or avocado oil. Depending upon the density of your hair, use just 3-6 drops of oil and comb it through your wet hair. 

Blow Drying

Take a round brush and position it at the roots of your hair. Now place the dryer near the brush and move both of them simultaneously towards the tips of the hair section. Avoid moving the dryer too fast or too slow and set it in a warm setting. For better results and minimum damage, use the cold setting of the dryer.

2- Hot Comb

Before the popularity of relaxers, African- American women preferred hot combs as a solution for how straightening afro hair naturally. Now with the development, the efficacy of hot combs has also improved. You can easily get a hot-comb heating appliance to get a quick straight-hair look. Hot comb work very well on low-density hair to make afro hair to straight.

Use a hot comb, separate hair into sections, and apply a few drops of conditioning oil to avoid damage by heat. Use a hot comb through the hair of each section. After following these steps, you will get your afro hair to straight hair. However, this hot comb method seems to not be really effective. You have to do it daily to maintain the performance. 

3- Using Hair Relaxers

Straightening afro hair using hair relaxers has been popular since the 90s. Hair relaxers help women having frizzy afro hair straighten their hair in an astonishing way. Do not have to use heat tools, only with chemicals and a comb/brush, you will have afro hair straightened. It's very convenient for everyone. 

Prepare your hair and Scalp

This step is the most time-consuming part. In order to get the best performance, you have to prepare for several days. Your hair doesn’t work well if it is not softened before. However, you have to prevent your have from being washed with harsh shampoo. That means you should only clean your hair with herbal shampoo or normal water. 

Divide your hair and Detangle

Before applying the relaxer, make sure that you’ve already detangled your hair properly. Divide your hair into smaller sections helps you easy to do the following steps. You should have your hair divided into straight lines, from your top to your side, and so on.

Apply hair relaxer

Working in small sections, apply a hair relaxer to your hair from top to end by using a brush. Then, you should comb your hair properly to smooth the relaxer over each section. You have to leave the relaxer on your hair for about 10 minutes. It’s the best time for you to get a great result without causing any harm to your hair.

Wash and condition your hair

After 10 minutes, your hair is really good. It’s time for you to remove hair relaxer from your hair. Now, you can see that your hair is straightened. MIC Hair advises you to wash your hair 2-3 times after relaxing to remove all chemicals on your hair. The next step is that you have to apply a conditioner to protect your hair from any outside factors.

>>> Read more: Curly Hair 101. What Are The Different Types Of The Curly Hair? <<<

Time To Say Goodbye

We are not going anywhere! But it is time to say goodbye to frizzy kinky unmanageable curls! 

We have kept the remedies concise and precise, keeping in mind their effectiveness and popularity.

We all love a good hair day. And it is good when your hair is healthy and styled well. To keep them so, make sure you don’t overdo the heating therapies on hair.

We will say it again; you are beautiful. Embrace your beauty and your natural hair. To answer how to straighten afro hair naturally, we will say this- don’t forget to use natural products, condition your hair with natural DIY masks, and never trade-off with its quality. 

After this article, MIC Hair hopes you know that how to straighten afro hair naturally. Be confident! Let's share your result with us on Instagram!


William Brown

William Brown


William is a professional hair stylist with over 10 years of experience. He is passionate about creating personalized, trendy looks for his clients and specializes in hair treatments and updos. He is now a certified hair adviser for Mic Hair Company. His articles are always filled with advice, pro tips, and latest hair research results.


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