Learning to manage Straight hair
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 this 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.
Also because straight hair sits close to the head it often becomes
quickly at the roots and the fine strands absorb this rapidly, meaning you
probably have to wash your hair every day.
Caring Tips for straight hair
For that very reason, the most important thing straight hair needs is a
shampoo. Choose one that's marked for daily or frequent washing as it's
likely to be low in detergents and high in moisturizers. Or at the very
least use opaque shampoo - this tends to include more conditioners and so is
kinder to the hair. Using moisturizing shampoo also means you may be able to
get away without
conditioner, which is the kiss of death to fine, straight hair as it
weighs it down further.
If you do want to use conditioning products make sure they are light
(sprays are better than creams) and that you wash them out well. Never use
leave-in or two-in-one products.
If you want to create some bounce and body in your hair, thickening
shampoos are your best friends. These normally include an ingredient called
panthenol, which penetrates the hair cuticle, making each strand thicken;
plus, they 'negatively charge' the hair so the strands are less likely to
When it comes to drying, your technique depends on the effect you want
to create. For sleek looks, dry hair with a dryer with a nozzle. Make sure
you treat your moist hair with a heat protectant spray prior to utilizing
any heated devices on your hair. This will aid protect your hair and
prevent moisture loss, another leading trigger of fly away hair.
To create volume, use mousse or thickening gel on the roots of your hair
against your natural parting for the majority of the session, tipping your
head upside down for the last two to three minutes.
or lowlights add dimension to your hair and can transform your look.
Coloring your hair also helps fine, straight hair appear thicker as it
swell the hair shaft.
Top 5 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
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 colour. Mix highlights
and lowlights in three or four different shades to create depth and texture.