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Q: What are the best products and tools to use when straightening African American hair? I have coarse, curly hair and I don't use a relaxer.
— Ali C., Atlanta
A: Hi, Ali! As your question requires expert advice, I've enlisted the help of celebrity stylist Ted Gibson:
First you want to start off with a really good blow-drying agent, like Ted Gibson Build It, which will give hair a smooth, polished look. After blow drying, use a spray or cream that will help protect hair from the damaging heat of the flat iron. Be sure to use a flat iron that allows you to adjust the heat setting, and choose the one that is best for your hair type. The coarser the hair, the higher the setting should be. Then, take small sections and run the iron from root to tip, repeating if necessary, until your hair is straight.
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