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As much as we love our natural curls, twist outs, and body waves, sometimes a gal just wants a straight and sophisticated look.

However, achieving a shiny, sleek blowout that will stand up against the heat without damaging your hair can be tricky.

But don’t worry; you know #TeamBeautiful always has your back! We invited our girl, beauty expert Ashlee Ray, to show us how she achieves the sexy look flawlessly.

Before you even start the process, Ashlee says the most important product to use is a heat protectant. Her pick for the perfect protectant is the coconut crème from the Silk Elements line at Sally Beauty.

Next, make sure to start with the thickest part of your hair, which for most of us is in the back. Section it off and begin straightening, taking your time to make sure to get close to the root and work the flat-iron through. Don’t worry about sectioning your hair off perfectly when you’re flat-ironing, Ashlee says. Instead, just make sure to start from the bottom and work your way up.

Finally, when you’re all sleek and straight, don’t forget to finish up with glossing polish from Silk Elements, also available at Sally Beauty. It will be your secret weapon against anything the weather may throw at your tresses.

Check out more tips in the full video above.

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