I’ve put my hair through a LOT when it comes to getting that smooth and straight finish (think: Bella Hadid in Rome during the summer of 2018). That meant I would run a straightener through my hair for what felt like hours for a look that wasn’t even that sleek. Then I would work a ton of product through my hair that would end up weighing me down. And then one day, I discovered heat straightening products, and tbh, my life was changed.
These include products, like heat straightening creams, that contain a key ingredient, like a silicone or keratin, that smooths hair, reduces frizz and flyaways, and cuts your heat styling time in half. They also can be used as a heat protectant and have ingredients—like shea butter and glycerin—that leave your hair soft and shiny. So, instead of taking your hair through hell and back to get straight hair, make it easier by using a hair straightening product. Below, the 15 best.
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Best Hydrating Hair Straightening Cream
Tigi Bed Head Straighten Out Straightening Cream
In case you don’t want your hair to feel like straw—which I’m guessing, you don’t—you’re going to want to try out this hair straightening cream. It has hydrating glycerin and smoothing polymers that keep your hair straight for hours.
Best Hair Straightening Cream with Keratin
Keratin Complex Infusion Therapy Infusion
This at-home hair straightening cream with keratin works just as well as the ones in the salon. Work it into towel-dried hair and then blow dry and flat-iron as usual. The result will be silky smooth, straight hair.
Best Hair Straightening Cream for Frizz/Flyaways
Suave Professionals Anti-Frizz Cream
While this hair straightening cream will make sure that your hair actually lies down flat, it won’t leave you feeling heavy or stiff. It’s lightweight and packed with silk protein and vitamin E to keep your hair moisturized and flyaways in check.
Best Hair Straightening Product with Heat Protection
L’anza Healing Smooth Smoother Straightening Balm
Not only will this hair straightening product condition your hair (shoutout to the organic coix seed extract and shea butter in the balm-like formula), but it’ll also protect it from heat damage too.
Best Hair Straightening Product for Curly Hair
Bumble and bumble Bb. Straight Blow Dry Cream
Have naturally curly hair? This hair straightening product is for you. All you have to do it massage it into damp hair, blow dry section by section, and then finish it off with a flat iron. The end result? Pin straight hair à la Kim Kardashian.
Best Lightweight Hair Straightening Cream
Matrix Total Results Mega Sleek Blow Down Smoothing Leave-In Cream
Shea butter is the MVP of this lightweight hair straightening cream. It seals the hair cuticles (aka no frizz or flyaways), smoothes the hair, and hydrates it without weighing it down.
Best Hair Straightening Product for Wavy Hair
IGK Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray
If you always have trouble getting that one crease out of your wavy hair, this hair straightening product is about to be your new go-to. Not only will it get rid of all those annoying creases and bumps, but it’ll also strengthen your hair thanks to spirulina protein.
Best Hair Straightening Product for Dry Hair
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin Spray
The combo of sweet almond oil, amino acids, and hydrolyzed keratin in this leave-in hair straightening product are a miracle for dry hair. Not only will your hair be straight and smooth, but it’ll be so soft and moisturized you won’t be able to stop touching it.
Best Drugstore Hair Straightening Product
John Frieda Frizz Ease Straight Semi-Permanent Styling Spray
You don’t need to ball out to get a hair straightening product that actually works. This drugstore spray from John Frieda only costs $12 and will 100 percent make your hair look super straight, smooth, and shiny.
Best Hair Straightening Product for Thick Hair
Kérastase Discipline Blow-Dry Smoothing Primer
I used to skip out on heat styling my long, thick hair because I didn’t have the patience (or the arm strength) to spend forever blow drying and flat-ironing. But this hair straightening product makes it so much easier. Ceramides and keratin smooth the hair, making straightening thick, long hair a breeze.
Best Cruelty-Free Hair Straightening Product
Giovanni Straight Fast Hair Straightening Elixir
This animal-friendly, cruelty-free hair straightening product will make getting silky smooth hair so easy. You can thank the straightening blend of vitamin E, pro-vitamin B5, and glycerin.
Best Strengthening Hair Straightening Cream
Oribe Straight Away Smoothing Blowout Cream
If you have damaged hair, you might want to take a break from heat styling tools to bring your hair back to life. But, if you’re going to use them anyways, make sure you grab this hair straightening cream before styling. It’s a strengthening heat protectant that works wonders on damaged hair.
Best Hair Straightening Product for Shine
Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener
Want your hair to look as sleek and shiny as a Jenner’s? This hair straightening product can help. It’s loaded with a shine-boosting blend of aloe, maize, and guar bean to help smooth and straighten your hair.
Best Hair Straightening Product for Color-Treated Hair
Redken Align 12 Protective Smoothing Lotion
If you’re worried that using a hair straightening product will mess up your hair color? Try this color-safe option from Redken. It’ll give your hair that smooth finish you’re looking for (TY, dimethicone) without compromising color.
Best Hair Straightening Cream for Dry, Damaged Hair
Olaplex No. 6 Bond Smoother Reparative Styling Creme
Bleach, chemical treatments, and heat styling can all damage your hair and leave it looking sad, dry, and blah. Repair the damage with this hair straightening cream. It has coconut oil, vitamin E, and protein to leave your hair feeling (and looking) like a dream.
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