By Dana Oliver

One of my biggest struggles with having curly hair is achieving a straight hairstyle. While I’ve left the task of getting bone-straight locks in the hands of my hairdresser because I don’t have the time, tools or energy, “Belle” actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw has convinced me to give it another go.

While making the promo rounds for her breakthrough role in the new British drama film, Mbatha-Raw switched up her super curly look for a much sleeker and straighter updo. Instead of relying on sticky and greasy hair gels, her stylist Ted Gibson used a styling cream. So, that’s where I went wrong…

1. To start, flatiron your hair straight with a heat protectant like Leonor Greyl Éclat Naturel Styling Cream. This helps to ensure that your hair doesn’t get damaged from the heat.

2. Create a deep side part and apply more of the styling cream to smooth. Brush hair to the back of the head with a boar bristle brush, depending on where you want to position the ponytail.

3. Secure by hooking one part of a bungee elastic, then wrap around the pony.

4. Twist the ponytail into a beautiful bun in the back of the head and add hair pins to hold in place.

5. Spritz on a medium-hold/anti-frizz hairspray like Kérastase Styling Laque Couture for added hold and to give hair a beautiful shine.

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