Celebrity Hairstylists Swear By This Method to Flat-Iron Natural Hair

Natural ladies, take pride in your gorgeous texture. It's also important that you embrace the versatility of your curls. That's the beauty of it: You have the power to switch up your style as much as you see fit. If you choose to wear your natural curls one day and then silky, straight strands the next, you can—and don't ever let anyone make you feel guilty for either. In a society where natural hair is being judged and curls are being fetishized more than ever, remember that your hair does not define you.

If, like me, you're not one to shy away from a silk press, aka a freshly flat-ironed 'do, then this post is for you. Flat-ironing your hair can go one of many ways. For me, some days my flat-ironed hair is bone-straight, but on others, it's obvious I missed the mark when my hair curls up a few hours later. Generally speaking, there's an art to flat-ironing that takes the right hot tools and products, not to mention time and patience, for your style to last. And for those with natural textures, it's even more crucial that you're using the right flat iron, blow-dryer, and heat protectant to avoid damaging your hair.

To help lay it all out, we called on two of our favorite pros, Larry Sims and Kendall Dorsey, who shared with us how they achieve the silkiest straight strands on their star-studded clientele. According to celebrity stylists, the below guidebook is exactly how to flat-iron natural hair for the best results.