Having straight hair means that your cuticle layer is very tightly wrapped around the cortex, making the layers of scales lay naturally flat. Straight hair will often stay moisturized for longer periods of time because of this, making it look shiny and healthy, a trade that is highly envied by other hair types.
There is however a fine balance between shiny and greasy looking hair, especially when having straight hair, as the hair oil moves easily down the hair cortex. To keep the oil balance in check, aim to wash your hair every other day with a mild shampoo, and use dry shampoo to minimize the appearance of an oily scalp. Newly brushed hair always looks more clean and well-groomed, so bring a brush along with you during the day if possible.
Also gels, mousses, hairspray etc. is best kept on a minimum, and should only be applied in small amounts from the midsection and down, to avoid a greasy look.
Even though the hair oil moves easily down the hair shaft, it doesn’t always reach the mids and ends, leaving them looking frizzy and dull. If so, add a leave-in conditioner, hair oil or hair serum daily to your mids and ends, for a healthy and shiny finish to any hairstyle. Also applying a hair mask, or a deep conditioner, once or twice a week, can benefit the looks of your lengths.
Flat hair can sometimes feel like it’s “too flat”. The scrunching method will help add body and a loose wavy texture to the hair.
Use a scrunching mousse on damp hair, hold your head upside down and push the hair towards your scalp with your hands. Avoid getting too much product around your crown area, as this will make the crown area more flat and greasy looking. Let your hair dry naturally and avoid brushing it to keep the waves intact.
If you have the time, you can enhance the effect by splitting your hair into two sections, make a bun on each side and let it dry. The hair will take longer to dry, but the tied up position will enhance the wavy texture once dry.
The easiest hairstyle for straight hair, is to enhance the straight look with a straightening iron. For an everyday style, you can simply straighten your bangs or front pieces, and let the rest of the hair keep it’s natural texture. This is a polished look, that will save you time and minimize heat damage over time.
For certain events you might want to straighten all your hair, for a smooth silky look. Be sure to choose a great quality ceramic flat iron and use it on a low to medium setting, to avoid extensive damage. Prepare your hair before straightening it with a heat protecting balm or serum. Make a line running from ear to ear, and section your hair into a top and bottom section. Clip away the top section, and start on the bottom with small sections at a time. Start ironing from the midsection and downwards, to avoid your hair falling flat on the crown area (not having to apply heat protection at the roots will also keep your hair from getting greasy too quickly). If you want a more flowy and less sleek look, lightly comb or brush your hair right after straightening it. Continue with the top section of hair, and finish of with a light coat of hairspray too keep the style in place. Flyaways can be tamed individually with a bit of hair wax between your fingers. Grab them one by one, to keep the crown area grease-free.
A curly hairstyle can be a fun break from time to time, that really adds some volume and drama to the hair. Choose a high quality curling wand, and use it on low-medium settings to avoid damage. Prepare your hair with a heat protecting balm or serum. Make a line running from ear to ear, and section your hair into a top and bottom section. Clip away the top section, and start on the bottom with small sections at a time. Continue with the top section of hair, and finish off with a light coat of hairspray too keep the style in place. Flyaways can be tamed individually with a bit of hair wax between your fingers. Grab them one by one, to keep the crown area grease-free.
When blow drying your hair, try using a round brush. Brush the hair away from your scalp and apply low-medium heat to avoid damage. The rounded brush will give your hair some slight waves, and make your crown area appear more voluminous.
Haircut and color
A layered haircut is key, when you’re having straight hair. It will give your hair more texture and dimension, and therefor make it look thicker.
Reflexes and highlights
Give your hair some additional debt and dimension by adding reflexes throughout your hair, preferably by a professional hairdresser to avoid extensive damage. Reflexes are easy to maintain, and only required 2-4 coloring sessions a year, making it one of the least damaging ways to color your hair.