(I have African American hair.) Do I have to use a blow dryer before straightening in order to get that EXTREMELY straight look? I honestly have no clue. (Other straightening tips would be amazing, too!)
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I would use a straightening conditioner.
Then I would put in some sort of quality heat protector.
Afterwards I would blow dry if you wanted to go the extra mile. But this is even more heat, and for me this isn't needed. But until you experiment a few times, you won't know what works best for your hair. (Note: some people do only blowouts, and I've never had this before, but my mom did and the results were fabulous. Just get in there with a brush and guide the hair as you apply the heat.)
After blow drying your hair, I would get a brush and take inch sections. Then follow the brush closely with the straightener. This technique ensures every strand is getting equal heat, and the finish is better with this technique in my experience.
Then I would finish with some type of oil that will add shine, reduce frizz, and moisturize.2