Those with naturally frizzy or textured hair know what it’s like to reach for a flat iron day in and day out, for a smooth finish. Although it is one of the quickest ways to achieve shiny and uniform locks, but using a flat iron can be quite damaging to the hair over time. As a matter of fact, any overuse guarantees weak root, thinning, dryness, limpness and split ends, which are not a part of your crowning glory mantra. So can one solve this tangled mess? Absolutely! There are a few techniques wherein your curly mop or that wavy mane can be straightened out organically. Sure, you won’t get a poker-straight look but then your hair will thank you for not abusing it.
So, for those looking to achieve straighter locks without risking damage, here are five tips for straightening hair the heat-free way:
1. Use the right shampoo and conditioner
The first step in getting straight hair, starts with using the right shampoo and conditioner. In fact, experts suggest the use of shampoo and conditioner that are specifically made for straight hair. Also, post-wash you need to try to get out as much moisture as possible. After which you need to apply a smoothing cream – or use a leave-in conditioner – to prep your hair and use a smoothing serum or oil, depending on hair type, to finish.
2. Brush-offs are good
Especially on wet hair! Once you’re done washing your hair, let it air dry out completely, but continue to brush it every five minutes. Pull out and hold each section of hair for a few seconds to encourage it to straighten out.
3. Do the twist
Post hair wash, roll out your hair into a neat bun, by making it into a ponytail of damp hair and twist it like a rope. Then, wrap it around to make a bun and secure with an elastic band or scrunchy. Let it air dry, and then brush out.
4. Use the cold air setting on your hair dryer
For those on the go, naturally air drying the hair is not an option! And hence, for them to achieve naturally-straight hair, blow-drying it under the cold-air setting is better. Especially if they’ve frizzy or a curly mop. Simply, use a flat paddle brush to brush it out in long, straight strokes as you hold the hair dryer up to the section. Continue to dry your hair until it is completely dry and straight.
5. Gently pat dry your hair
Gently pat your hair with a towel until it is no longer dripping. Once your hair is just damp, you can use a blow-dryer to dry it completely