Straighten Your Hair Without Spending Too Much -- Savings Experiment

How to Straighten Your Hair For Less
How to Straighten Your Hair For Less

If you have a head overflowing with curls but want the sleek, straight look without the fuss of a flatiron or blow dryer, a permanent relaxer is your best bet to unfurl those strands for good, or at least a good six weeks. But what's a safe, effective method to tame your mane that won't cost a small fortune?

Here's a primer on the straightening options available -- including the Japanese method that recently garnered big-time media buzz, as well as old-school salon relaxers. Beauty insiders also offer ways to save when getting those locks in line.