Straighten Your Hair Without Damaging It
Drying your hair every day with a hair drier or straightening it with some ceramic tongs can leave your hair frizzled, frazzled and dry as a bone in less than a month. If you’re a straight hair addict but are looking for a kinder way of getting yourself ready in the morning or for a special night out, here’s how to do it.
Straight hair is pretty, stylish and convenient, especially during winter. But if you want to avoid getting split ends, you have to avoid using heat and chemicals.
So if you’re a curly girl or wavy girl who loves her hair being healthy, we’ve got you covered.
Tips to straighten your hair
There are a number of methods you can try.
Method 1 – Brush your hair until it dries
With this method, you’ll need to let your hair air dry completely while brushing it with a paddle brush, round brush or comb with natural bristles. This method works well for wavy hair, though it’s less effective on very curly hair. Be gentle as you brush to avoid breaking any hair.
Method 2 – Wrap your wet hair tightly
This method works great with long hair. With your hair wet, comb it gently. Then comb the left portion over to the right (yes, like an old man!). Then wrap it around the back of your head and secure with clips or slides, firmly. Flip the right section over the left side, wrapping it over the back, and pin it down in the same fashion. Then just leave your hair like this until it dries. If you want great hair in the morning, do this last thing at night, wrap a silk scarf over your hair while you sleep and you’ll get minimum frizz.
Method 3 – Roll your hair
Rollers were popular in the olden days for a reason! They are amazing for your hair when used without heat. Make sure you buy huge rollers! Wet your hair and make sure it stays wet while you put the rollers in. Secure them tightly against your head then let everything dry in place. Simple. When you hair is bone dry – and it should be completely dry – carefully undo the rollers, and, voila.
Method 4 – Use overnight hair bands
Divide damp hair into two ponytails, or you can use one. Fasten with a soft hair band, then keep adding more elastics about every 3cm or so down your ponytail(s). This will hold everything in its straight place. Make sure they are all fairly loose, so they don’t make a line in your hair while you sleep. Then go to bed. In the morning, or whenever you hair is dry, take all the bands out and delight at your genius.
Method 5 – Make a natural straightening mask
Try making a straightening mask with milk and honey! Mix 1 cupful of whole milk, or coconut milk with 1 tbsp. of honey and put it on your hair. Leave it there for about an hour before you wash your hair.
Another great recipe involves mixing 2 cupfuls of milk with an egg. Smooth the mixture over your hair and cover it with a plastic wrap or other cover for as long as you can before washing it out and brushing your hair dry.
Method 6 – Twist your hair into a bun
Putting your hair in a bun is easy, but this time we’ll do it to make it straight. Make a ponytail first when your hair is damp. Twist it first, then get your bun going and secure it with an band. Let your hair dry like this, then brush it. This method works well on long hair that isn’t too wavy.
You might also consider changing your shampoo and conditioner to one made for the purpose of making your hair straighter. Of course, there are anti-frizz serums on the market, but these don’t necessarily make your hair healthier. In fact, if you’re using the curly girl method, you want to be avoiding all products with silicone in them altogether! They say that silicone causes a thick layer to gather on along your hair shaft, making it difficult for any conditioning treatments you might do from getting deep into the shaft, moisturising and preventing frizz.