How to Achieve Bone-Straight Hair With a Pressing Comb

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Pressing combs may help achieve bone-straight hairstyles.
Pressing combs may help achieve bone-straight hairstyles. (Image: sexy African american woman image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com)

Using a pressing comb can help you achieve a straighter hairstyle over other heated tools. Pressing combs that create straight styles come in two different varieties: electric pressing combs, which contain temperature settings to help achieve straight styles for various hair textures, and cordless pressing combs, which get their heat when applied to stoves, or hair ovens. Mostly suited for professional stylists, the cordless hot comb makes it hard to tell the temperature of the comb. An electric pressing comb may lower the risk of burning your hair by allowing you to control the temperature.

Things You'll Need

  • Electric pressing comb
  • Clean towel
  • Hair clip

Choose an electric pressing comb with a temperature indicator to control how much heat you put onto your hair.

Start with a temperature setting of 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Wait five minutes for the iron to heat up. You may need to adjust the temperature setting once you straighten the first section of hair.

Section your hair so that you have 1-inch-wide sections that are no thicker than ½ inch.

Wipe the back of the comb against a clean dry cloth. If the comb leaves any burn marks on the cloth, then the hot comb might be too hot to apply to the hair. Lower the temperature by 25 degrees and wait about five minutes for the temperature to adjust. Wipe the back of the comb against the towel again to see if a burn mark occurs on the towel. If not, then you may proceed.

Use the back of the comb to straighten your hair starting at the roots. Then slide the teeth through your roots carefully to get the rest of the hair straight. Hold the ends of the hair for support while you straighten.

Wrap the comb around the hair once or half way as you approach the last inch of hair. This will help straighten the ends.

Raise the temperature of the hot comb up by 10 or 15 degrees if you find yourself trying to straighten one section of hair multiple times.

Divide another section of hair and pin the rest out of the way. Proceed with straightening the section.

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