Straight hair is normally fine and thin. This may surprise you, as everyone has seen those girls with manes of cascading, dead straight locks that look so thick you could knit blankets from them. Well, those girls just happen to have a lot of strands of fine hair, the result of which is that although straight hair looks fantastic in long straight styles or in short crops, if you want hair with body and bounce it’s going to take some work to make those fine thin strands stand up and dance.
This is particularly true if you are one of those Swedish blondes, as blonde hair is generally thinner than brunette or black hair (particularly that of Asians and Indians). This means the style that many of us see as the epitome of hair beauty you know, that Goldilocks look is probably the hardest to look after. Also because straight hair sits close to the head it often becomes greasy quickly at the roots and the fine strands absorb this rapidly, meaning you probably have to wash your hair every day.
How to Care for Straight Hair:
- The first thing you need to do is make sure you are careful when you wash your hair. Make sure that the water you use to wash your hair with is not too warm. If it is then it will damage the hair and make it look dry and dull. After you have rinsed all of the shampoo from your hair you will need to gently remove the excess water. Do this by gently squeezing the hair and then wrapping it in a towel for a few minutes. The towel will absorb some more of the excess water. This is a great idea for your hair because if you apply conditioner to hair that is very wet then the excess water will dilute the conditioner making it less effective.
- Remove the towel and apply your conditioner. Gently massage it into the hair and work it through with your fingertips. Leave it on for as long as possible. This will allow it to penetrate deeply and make it more effective. At least once a week you should try and leave the conditioner on for half an hour to an hour.
- your conditioner you should wrap your hair in a clean dry towel. Do not scrub your hair with the towel to dry it. This will rub the cuticle the wrong way and cause dullness and breakage. Simply pat the hair or leave the hair in the towel for a while.
- Wait until your hair is at least 70% dry before blow drying it or applying anything to it. If you apply products to it when it is wet then they will be diluted by the excess water in the hair.
- Always apply heat protection. Even if you are only blow drying your hair you need to apply something to protect it from the heat.
- Blow dry your hair with the blow dryer on the lowest heat setting. Always keep the nozzle pointed downwards. This will help the cuticle to lie flat which will make the hair look shinier.
Things You’ll Need:
- Wide tooth comb
- hair ties
Some Other Tips for Straight Hair:
- Your perfect brush is a flat paddle brush with wide bristles that separate the hair without damage.
- Avoid products with alcohol in their top three ingredients. Alcohol is great at helping tame thick, wavy hair but will make fine, straight strands cling together.
- Straight hair is the shiniest as light reflects from the cuticle.To maximize your natural asset, make the last rinse a cold one as this flattens the cuticle. Also, do the last two to three minutes of your blow-dry on the cool setting with the nozzle facing downwards. Shine serums will also help.
- If you’re aiming for volume, try not to handle your hair too much. Heat and oil from your palms can be enough to make fine hair floppy.
- You can also add volume to your hair using color Mix highlights and lowlights in three or four different shades to create depth and texture.
- While shampooing and conditioning your hair, do not ever rub your hair between your hands in a circular fashion. Unless you are trying to create dreadlocks, this is the easiest way to create tangles.
- Never brush wet hair as it causes to much stress on the hair use a wide tooth comb instead.