The Worst Things You Can Do to Straight Hair Nov 14, 2016 by Sarah (Day Styles)
Straight hair has a specific set of styling issues. You don’t have to use a flatiron if you want smooth locks, but curling your hair is an uphill battle that just never works! Taking care of straight hair requires the right products and the right tricks, but you also need to know how to avoid common mistakes that can damage straight hair in particular.
Working With Your Texture
When dealing with straight hair, you know that it tends to fall flat You need to invest in a solid foundation for any style and get a good haircut that gives your hair some shape and movement. Only then can you try out some products or styling tips. If your hair stays dry and fresh, that’s good, but if you’re also working with oily hair try a salt-based spray that will enhance oil absorption. Now you’re ready for some style.
Blow Drying Essentials
If you have straight hair, you don’t need to blow dry it before you style it - you can let it air dry! However, if you’re in a rush and need to use the blow dryer, you need to make sure you have some styling cream on hand to help manage the natural texture of your hair. Skipping excess heat is always good so try sleeping with a braid in your hair, or with your hair up in a bun!
Don’t Use A Million Products
Chances are if you have naturally very straight hair, your hair probably doesn’t have a ton of volume. Using a bunch of different products only adds to the weight of your hair. The finer/thinner your hair, the less weight you should be putting on your locks (unless a heavy and drooping look is what you’re after). Opt for weightless formulas and always test products out first before using them in public, you never know what will happen!
Skipping Heat Protectant
If you need to use heat, don’t skip on the protectant. If you don’t use a heat protectant before you use heat on your hair, you’re risking some serious damage. Not only does heat protectant safeguard your hair from the hot styling tools, but it also moisturizes your hair follicles and prevents split ends. Straight hair doesn’t need frizzy and broken ends! You can also purchase brands that decrease the time you need to use heat - bonus!
Using The Wrong Type of Heat Protectant
If you use the wrong type of product on your hair, you’ll lose a ton of volume - the last thing you want if you have thin/fine hair. The wrong products can weigh down your locks, and you’ll end up with a heavy mass of hair. Use light and weightless products. You should only use heavier products if your hair is full and thick.
Stop Pulling Your Hair Out with Your Brush
I’m guilty of this every day, and it’s not good; getting out of the shower and throwing a towel around my hair and then take off the towel and brush my hair after a few minutes - ultimately pulling my hair out at the same time. Instead of fighting damp tangles and ripping out a bunch of hair, we should all use a wet brush while we’re in the shower with conditioner in our hair. Wet brushes can detangle your hair without the pain and breakage that you’d experience doing it my way. (Although I think I’m going to switch up my routine!)
Give Your Hair Some Nutrition
When your hair gets damaged throughout the day (whether it’s from heat or basic wear and tear), it’s important to replenish the nutrients in your hair. Use a creamy conditioner, specifically a lipid-based one so that the oils can penetrate the individual strands instead of just hanging out on top.
Chemically Straightening Your Hair
While most of these styling tips apply to naturally straight hair, if you are going to chemically straighten your hair don’t forget to use the right products. You should only use products that won’t damage your hair long term and avoid products that will dry your hair out even more. A non-formaldehyde smoothing treatment will help lock in moisture and maintains your hair over time. Maintain your new look with these tips! As for the rest of us, straight hair can be a lot of fun - just treat it well and keep a spring in your style!