Everything You Need to Know About Straight Hair

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Everything You Need to Know About Straight Hair

Straight hair has always been a trendsetter for every decade with the hair evolution. The silky and smooth look of straight hair has made it a favorite among many women. It is also the tangle-free trait of straight hair which makes everyone desire it’s effortless and glamorous style for all occasions.

For the sake of maintaining and styling your own straight hair, here is everything you need to know!

What is the science behind straight hair?

The follicle of straight hair is round and uniform on all sides, making it easier for sebum to diffuse to every part of the hair shaft. This is what makes straight hair glossy, firm, and less inclined to split ends as it is nourished consistently.

What are the types of straight hair?

Hair types are essentially divided into 4 main categories according to The Andre Walker System.”

It is an acknowledged foundation of which most methods of deciding one's characteristic hair type is based upon, the Andre Walker System is truly one of the most commonly utilized guidelines that gauge the hair so as to decide your hair type. Separated into 4 categories with 3 separate subsets individually, this framework starts with 1a (very straight) and goes right to 4c (very kinky).

Type 1: Straight hair

Type 1 hair has absolutely no natural curl. The individual strands might be fine or coarse, thick, or dainty, however, they appear without waving from root to tip. Type 1 hair tends to be easily greasy, therefore a large number of beauticians prescribe that you check to be certain the item you're purchasing won't add additional oil to your hair.

 

types of hair

There are 3 sub-categories of Type 1 hair:

1. Type 1a

The 1a hair type is super straight. It is glossy and has fine hair that usually grows rapidly. It is also soft, oily, and difficult to curl.

 

1. Type 1b

The 1b hair type is described as hair that has a medium texture. While it is quite shiny and straight, it also has a lot of natural volume and body.

 

1. Type 1c

The final sub-category of type 1 hair, 1c hair is silky straight at the same time very coarse. This hair type could be very difficult to curl or style.

How to style straight hair?

While straight hair can be easily transformed into any other hairstyles like a half Up-do, Braid, Bun, and many more, people become quite reluctant to try waves with their super straight hair. The fear of damage and short-lived waves casts a lingering shadow of a doubt. Instead of worrying about such trivial matters, why not take a leap of faith and follow these steps to style natural wavy hair in the comfort of your home!

1. Beach waves

Beach Waves

Perhaps the most sought-after hairstyle of our generation. The beach waves refer to soft waves with straighter ends; it is the best and easiest go-to hairstyle for celebrities and models. This is how to get it:

 

  • Wash your hair
  • Pat dry your hair with a T-shirt, this cloth prevents frizz by being gentle on the hair strands.
  • For damage-free hair, apply heat protectant before styling your hair
  • Make sure to create uneven waves by twisting your hair in different directions with the curler. For big waves, take more strands into each curl whereas for small waves, take fewer strands.
  • Last but not the least; apply a setting spray to keep those waves in place.

 

2. The quick and easy waves

Wave hair

This step will teach you how to get beautiful waves without using heat!

a. Prep your hair

No matter which end technique you choose, the step always begins with getting your hair wet. Waves look best in clean hair. Start the method by thoroughly washing your hair. If you must use a conditioner, then apply a lightweight hair conditioner on the ends of your hair to stop it from weighing down.

b. Remove excess water and detangle your hair

Squeeze out any excess water by using a t-shirt or towel to leave your hair slightly damp. Styling waves on a damp hair will make it last longer and removing knots will create smooth and gentle waves.

c. Use a curl-enhancing product

For straight hair that does not hold waves or curls much longer, it is best to use a texturizing spray, light gel, or a curl defining product to make it stay on more.

After you have completed the 3 basic steps, you can choose any one of these steps to complete the wave-making method.

 

d. Bun waves

Make sure you create as many buns as possible to have well-defined waves. The trick to creating an easy bun is by taking a small portion of your hair strands, twisting the hair tightly, and coiling the strands around itself at the base into something like a snail shell. For best results, keep the buns on for as long as possible and release it when your hair is completely dried. To even out the strands use your fingers to gently run through it, never brush or comb it.

 

e. Braid waves

Another way to get waves is by creating small braids after the 3 basic steps.

Smaller the braids, the better the waves! Be sure to secure the braids enough then you can either sleep on it or blow dry before undoing it. Just like the bun waves, use your fingers to even out the waves instead of brushing or combing it.

Finally, apply a hair spray to strengthen the texture.

 

3. Tousled waves

Tousled waves

To style an effortless and messy wavy hair, tousled waves are a perfect choice.

 

  • Wash your hair at night before styling to remove any oil or dirt.
  • While curling your hair, leave the face-framing strands or fringe untouched till the end.
  • Make sure to curl the hair away from your face.
  • After you are done with curling, run your fingers through your hair to separate the waves, and create texture.
  • For best results apply a volumizing powder on the roots and ends then scrunch it through the waves for glamourous tousled hair!

 

4. Barely-there waves

Just as the name says it, this style makes loose waves seem like they are barely even waves. To get waves like these, repeat the following steps.

 

  • Create a clean canvas by washing your hair
  • Dry it with a T-shirt
  • Take large portions of your hair then slide the curler up and down by holding onto the ends of your hair tightly.
  • There you have it. Supernatural barely-there waves!

 

How to take care of straight hair?

Follow these tips to maintain silky smooth straight hair at all times.

 

Tip # 1: Wash your hair with lukewarm water

Using lukewarm water is better than hot water. When hot water comes in contact with the scalp, it opens up the scalp pores. After that, it will strip off the natural hair oil and cause damaged hair cuticles. To prevent this disaster, immediately rinse your hair with cold water to close the pores. Lukewarm water will be gentle on your hair and keep it from trying dry and flaky.

 

Tip # 2: Be sure to use sulfate and parabens free hair products

Sulfate is a harmful synthetic compound; regular use can result in the dry and itchy scalp. While Sulfate-free hair products can thoroughly clean your hair and maintain its regular shine. This is because Sulfate strips the natural hair oil and moisture whereas the latter does not.

Along with Sulfate hair products, you also need to look out for products containing parabens. A paraben is a preservative and it is used to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus in shampoos. This compound has been linked to the irritation of skin conditions such as dermatitis and rosacea; it also causes allergic reactions. If you use paraben-free hair products you will be able to prevent scalp issues and ensure moisturized hair.

 

Tip #3: Shampoo correctly

For dirt free and silky straight hair, you need to use clarifying shampoo once a week. A clarifying shampoo is a perfect hair product to get rid of any dirt, dust, or pollutants accumulated in the hair strands and scalp. When the gunk from your hair is removed, this will prevent bacterial growth on the scalp and soothe an itchy scalp. The absence of pollutants will also allow the hair to restore its natural pH balance and prevent hair from turning brassy. Additionally, the shampoo will regulate oil secretion and keep the moisture locked in.

A smart way to shampoo is by brushing your hair before getting it wet. You must also use an adequate amount of shampoo for your hair length. This is because using too much shampoo can remove the moisture your hair needs. It can also make your hair even more vulnerable to damage and breakage. Finally, the most important point to remember while shampooing is to gently massage the hair product into your roots with your fingertips and avoid unnecessary scalp damage by scratching.

 

Tip #4: Use a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair

wide-toothed comb

It is important to remember that using a normal brush to detangle wet hair can be damaging. This is because soaked hair is fragile and susceptible to breakage. If it is necessary, use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to detangle it. This comb has wide spaces between each tooth that makes it stress-free to detangle hair without rupture. Likewise, this type of comb produces considerably less friction compared to a normal comb. Using it will keep your long straight hair free from split ends.

 

Tip #5: Don't wrap your hair in a towel

After every wash, use a towel to pat dry all the excess water and gently wrap a cotton cloth to soak in the rest. If you do this, you will stop your hair from breaking and falling off.

 

Tip #6: Quit hot blow-drying

Regular use of a dryer results in hair breakage and dryness. Rather, let your hair dry naturally or with a cold air setting. On the same note, you must never sleep in wet hair. Harsh rubbing of soaked strands with the pillow can damage the cuticle of your hair, thereby making it frizzy and tangled.

 

Tip #7: Nourish your hair and scalp with essential hair oils

French Argan Oil

Hair oils are packed with many nutrients and vitamins helpful for healthy hair and scalp. Gently massaging the oil into your hair boosts blood circulation in the scalp and gives it nourishment. You can either use olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, argan oil, or castor oil.

 

Tip #8: Style your hair wisely

Constantly switching between straight hair too tight ponytails and braids will add stress to your hair follicles. This also makes your hair appear less straight and results in irreversible hair loss.

 

Tip #9: Cut off the loose ends

Hair cut

When you have a lot of time on your hands, you can get rid of the damaged hair. By trimming the split ends, eventually, you will get natural and healthy hair growth.

 

Tip #10: Prevent static hair in winter

Static hair is a clear indication of winter hair damage. To take care of your hair, use an anti-static laundry dryer sheet. You just need to swipe it over the strands and stop your hair from going haywire.

 

Tip #11: Use a humidifier

Combat dry winter hair by using a humidifier. Since indoor heating will pull the moisture out of your hair, you must use this device to keep your hair hydrated and glossy.

 

Tip #12: Keep your body healthy

healthy food

The most natural way to take care of your hair is with a balanced diet. The good that you put inside will come through on your skin and hair. It is important to understand that just like the body, your hair also requires a certain amount of vitamins and minerals. Feed on essential vitamins and keep yourself hydrated for healthy hair. Try to quit what is bad for your health. Smoking is not only bad for your lungs but also your hair. It reduces blood circulation and hinders hair growth. Alcohol will dehydrate your hair and prevent growth. Stress pushes follicles into a resting phase and stops the production of new hair strands. This tip will help you take care of your hair and body.

 

Tip #13: Keep your hair hydrated

water

Internal hydration together with external hydration is the key to well-balanced and healthy hair. You may be using hydrating hair care products and oils, but drinking at least 3 liters of water every day ensures good hair health.

 

Tip #14: Occasionally, treat your hair with organic hair masks

Organic hair mask

There are numerous advantages to utilizing an organic hair mask, and the advantages vary depending on the ingredients. You can take care of your hair by using protein hair treatment with eggs, banana mask, ginger mask, green tea, and aloe vera mask.

 

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