Naturally straight hair is versatile because you can easily rock straight hair looks and use hot rollers to curl it. Nonetheless, you’ll need to take proper care of your hair if you want it to look good. A bad dye job could look streaky and a bad cut could look uneven–things that you wouldn’t notice on curly hair.
Straight hair has a tendency to be flat and lifeless–two things you want to avoid. If you want body, you need to avoid products that will weight it down, like pomade and hair gel. Instead, use mousse or products that are specially designed to give straight hair more body. A blow dryer can also help give your hair body. Use a natural bristle round brush to create a sleek look with body by pointing the hair dryer down, or tip your head upside down and blow dry that way for a more tousled look.
Even if you have naturally straight hair, you can benefit from using a flat iron to straighten your hair. This ensures a more uniform look and can help your hair look sleeker in humid weather. To save time in the morning, use the flat iron on your hair at night time–when you wake up, you’ll just have to do a few touch-ups.
Apply a mousse to wet hair and blow it dry before you start to curl it. You can curl with a curling iron or hot rollers. Both will give you nice soft curls. You can create pin curls by wrapping damp hair around your finger and securing it with a hair pin.
Avoiding the Frizzies
Frizzing hair can seem almost unavoidable in humid weather, and it happens to those with straight hair just as much as it does to those with curly hair. One reason that hair gets frizzy is split ends, so be sure to trim your hair often. You can also purchase special anti-frizz serums that you can apply to your hair. In a pinch, you can use a small bit of conditioner or lotion. If you use too much though, it will weight your hair down and make it look greasy.
Straight hair can be long or short. If you have long hair, you have many options for styling it. You can braid it, put it in a ponytail or wear it up in a bun. Try to leave some bits of your hair out to frame your face and make it look softer. Pulling your hair back tightly can make you look severe. To look great with short straight hair, you need the right cut–something angular can help you look funky.
Hair coloring mistakes are more prominent in straight hair, so you may want to take your head to a professional, especially if you want highlights. The stylist will be able to blend the highlights properly with your natural hair color. If you want an all-over hair color, you can try a home dye, but take care to not go more than three shades lighter than your current color.
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