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How to Straighten Black Hair Without a Relaxer (6 Easy Steps)

Afro hair or kinky hair is a type of hair that is popular in black culture, also in some parts of Asia and the Caribbean. Black hair has a special texture, that’s why it requires a different hair care routine and styling methods.

Typically, black hair in the natural status will be curly all the time. So when you want to possess a new straight hairstyle from Afro-textured hair, what would be the best way to straighten black hair without a relaxer?

In this article, we will help you unravel these concerns about kinky hair. Let’s start!

Why is black hair curly?

Black curly hair
Black curly hair (Source: Allure)

This is a common question when you are wondering why your black hair is never straight like someone with another hair type.

Each strand of black hair grows in a tiny and spiral-like shape. The hair tends to not stick around the scalp and neck like straight hair.

The coils always shrink, especially when wet, therefore, black hair appears shorter and looks denser.

Also read: 4C vs. 4B Hair: Differences and Similarities

How to straighten black hair without a relaxer?

Straighten black hair
Straighten black hair without a relaxer (Source: Isimeme Edeko)

Straightening black hair is usually associated with heat and chemicals. Using a relaxer is one of the typical ways to uncoil the naturally curly hair that most African-Americans have.

However, applying chemicals to your hair will result in long-term damage to your hair, such as hair loss or breakage. The below section will show you some methods to achieve straight hair with ease.

Flat iron

The easiest way to straighten black hair is using heat. Flat iron or African-American hair is all you need.

Remember to flat iron dry clean hair, after you shampoo and condition your hair. Remember that this is not an everyday method whenever you want to straighten your hair because of long-term damage.

Using rollers

While rollers can be used to curl hair, these will help straighten African-American hair. Using rollers is great because there will be no damage to your hair, and also easy to do at home on your own.

Things you’ll need:

  • Magnetic rollers
  • Clips or pins to hold rollers in place
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Setting product
  • Silk or satin scarf


  1. Make sure your hair is washed and conditioned, and still wet
  2. Divide your hair into different sections, then apply the setting product to them
  3. Spray water on your hair once it starts to dry
  4. Roll your hair with magnetic rollers
  5. Air dry your hair and remove the rollers when your hair is completely dry
  6. Use a satin scarf to tie your hair for a while, remove and comb your hair, and you’ll have a beautiful and straight hairstyle

See also: 5 Ways To Get Rid Of Waves In Your Hair

The bottom line

Afro-textured hair is great and gorgeous on its own. However, when you want to look different with a straight hairstyle, you have more than one method to do it.

Besides using heat and chemicals, you can simply use healthy hair care products, like straightening shampoo and conditioner, setting lotion, and a pack of rollers to turn curly and kinky hair into straight hair.

After having ideal straight hair, you also need to use mousse to make your hair always look healthy and shiny.

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