Andrea Lavinthal, Author, Your So-Called Life
"I've been blowing out my curly hair since middle school and have learned that the key is a large, round brush and a powerful dryer. And since too much heat styling can wreak havoc on my hair, I always apply some kind of thermal protective spray. I also save the flatiron for special occasions. Here's my step-by-step technique for smooth hair."
Göt 2b Guardian 425 F Heat Protect 'N Blow Out
"After using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, I towel-dry my hair and mist this heat-protective spray all over, except my roots. It makes my hair really shiny without weighing it down and it smells amazing (I'm talking it-should-be-a-perfume amazing!)."
T3 Bespoke Labs Featherweight Dryer
"Between this dryer and a jumbo round brush, I can smooth out my curls in less than fifteen minutes. The bigger the brush barrel, the straighter your hair will turn out. It's also important to work in sections and keep the dryer pointed down the hair shaft."
Biosilk Silk Therapy
"Once my hair is dry, I smooth a few drops of this serum on my ends. It adds tons of shine and makes my hair feel super soft without weighing it down. Plus, the scent is so insanely good that I apply what's leftover on my arms and legs!"
$24 for 5.64 oz; biosilk.com