As beautiful and as luscious as curls can be, taming, and maintaining them can be a hassle. However, straightening your hair can be damaging if heat is used too often and in the wrong way. Here are 5 ways to achieve beautiful straight hair without causing damage.
Important to note is the temperature control according to your hair type. A general guideline to follow would be that 250°F is good for fine/slightly damaged hair. Then 350°F is good for hair of average thickness and 400°F is good for thick or frizzy hair.
After washing your hair, apply a heat protectant spray, towel dry your hair, and then divide your hair into manageable sections. Set your straightening iron to the correct temperature for your hair type. Then, start with the section of hair just above your neck and begin to straighten it, gliding the iron gently along the lengths of your hair. You should see steam, but your hair should not sizzle or burn. Repeat this process until all sections are straightened and apply hairspray or fixer to retain your sleek hairdo.
If you are looking for a heat – and damage – free way to straighten your hair, natural methods may be worth a try. Fill an old spray bottle with milk and spray it onto your dry hair, allowing it to sit in for 20-30 minutes. Not only will this straighten your hair, but the proteins present in milk provide nourishing qualities for your hair. Wash the milk out of your hair and voila, you have naturally shiny and sleek tresses.
Milk and honey
This is more of a moisturizing hair mask than just milk. To use it, take a cup of milk and add a tablespoon or two of honey to it, depending on your hair length and thickness. Mix it well to form a good paste. Add in a crushed banana for moisturizing properties to the paste and mix well. Apply this paste as a hair mask and allow to sit for an hour or more. Then, wait until it completely dries in your hair and wash it out with shampoo. This method will leave your hair straight and feeling super moisturized.
Yet another effective natural method to straighten your hair lies in this rich oil. Olive oil has essential nutrients that the hair needs to be healthy and luscious. To straighten your hair naturally, beat 2 eggs, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and mix well. Apply the mixture to dry hair from root to tip. Let it absorb into your hair for 45 minutes and then wash it out with shampoo. This may not give instant results but if applied 2-3 times a week you will see an improvement in general hair health and you will get straighter hair naturally.
Our final natural method to straighten your hair is definitely worth a try. Coconut milk contains proteins and fats that are essential for hair, allowing it to be healthy and frizz-free. Pour a cup of coconut milk into a bowl and squeeze half a lemon into it. Mix it well and allow it to chill in the fridge for an hour. Apply the mixture, coating the length of your hair. Heat up a towel with a dryer and wrap the warm towel around your hair to allow the nutrients to soak in. Wash your hair out after 45 minutes and there you have it, healthy straighter hair without damage.