Did you know that you can straighten your hair naturally at home without reaching for your trusted heat-styling tools? Yes, the beauty world has a solution for every hair problem, especially those that come with over-exposure to the heat.
You might have seen some of those hair product commercials where the models have silky straight hair and wondered if you could ever have the same. Isn’t that the reason most of us buy those products after all? We shall not disagree with the fact that curls are in vogue today, for they most certainly are. It is, however, only a recent trend that has seen curls as a fashion statement.
For those who love wearing their hair silky straight, but have not been blessed with the requisite genes, you might have tried a number of ways to get your hair straightened, most of which include exposing your hair to styling tools that employ heat in the process. Heat treatments though, are not exactly very good for the health of your hair and can even cause permanent damage to your hair. Using heat can often lead to the drying up of your hair, causing it to appear dull, frizzy and brittle. Excessive exposure to heat permanently damages the disulfide bonds in your hair (also known as S-S bonds). These bonds, along with the protein cross-links provide your hair with strength, thereby preventing hair breakage. Heat treatments are also quite temporary and your hair starts to bounce back to its natural texture very soon, especially once you’ve washed your hair.
- 1. Straighten Hair without Heat 1.Wet hair, to brush or not to brush?
- 2. Wrap wet hair tightly
- 3. Bands and low ponytails!
- 4. Oils and masks make it an easy task!
Is it then possible to get straight hair naturally without resorting to any heat styling tools? The answer is a loud, resounding yes! There are a number of ways, including hair wrapping methods, hot oil treatments and various hair masks that can help you get straight hair naturally. In order to outline the processes and to help you make a more informed decision, our BeBeautiful squad decided to list down some of the ways that you can straighten hair naturally at home, sans the use of any heat styling tools.
1. Straighten Hair without Heat 1.Wet hair, to brush or not to brush?
Well, most of us know that brushing your hair when it is wet is a bad idea. When your hair is wet, the proteins in your hair form hydrogen bonds, which are relatively weaker when compared to the protein bonds that are present when your hair is dry. Wet hair stretches, when combed, causing the cuticle to deform by lifting up the edges. And while this could cause the edges to stay frizzy even after the hair strand has relaxed, making it vulnerable to damage, if done with care and technique, combing wet hair can work well to help you get straight hair naturally.
The way to go about it is to let your hair air-dry after washing it but to keep brushing it regularly at intervals. Part your hair in sections and hold each one straight, so as to encourage it to acquire the shape naturally. The method works even better if you hold sections of your hair under or in front of a fan as they start drying. The key here, however, is to be very careful so that you don’t brush or stretch your hair too much, forcing it to break.
2. Wrap wet hair tightly
Another way to straighten hair naturally at home involves dividing your wet hair down the centre into two sections. Comb the left section to the right and the right section to the left, wrapping the sections around the back of your head in a comb-over fashion. Secure both sections of hair using bobby pins and let your hair air-dry, preferably wrapped in a silk scarf (this should help reduce the frizz as well). You can even sleep with your hair wrapped up in this manner, and then wake up to magically straightened hair (to a certain extent, of course)!
3. Bands and low ponytails!
Whoever would have thought that you could straighten your hair using ponytails and elastic bands? Well, you can! All you’ve to do is to take hair that is damp and make one or two low ponytails using soft hair elastic bands. Once you’ve got the ponytails secured in place, start adding elastic bands at about one-inch intervals all the way down to the tip of each ponytail. Make sure that the bands aren’t too tight though, or they might leave behind marks on your hair when you take them off. You can even go to sleep wearing them, and then take them off in the morning.
4. Oils and masks make it an easy task!
Apart from the wet-hair brushing and wrapping techniques, there are also certain oils and masks that can help you straighten your hair naturally at home. For example, you could make a hair mask by taking one-fourth of a cup of coconut milk and a tablespoon of lemon juice, mixing it together and refrigerating it overnight. Take out the mixture in the morning and apply it onto your hair from root to tip, leaving it on for about half an hour before washing your hair. You could also make a hair straightening mask by mixing one-fourth of a cup of milk with about two tablespoons of honey. Leave this mask on for two hours before washing your hair with a mild shampoo (preferably sulphate-free).
Bananas and papayas mixed together into a paste also make for an excellent hair straightening mask. You could even apply aloe vera gel onto your hair. Both of these masks are to be kept on for about 45 minutes before washing them off. Hot oil treatments (especially a mix of coconut and castor oils) are also known to work wonders when it comes to straightening your hair. All of these can be made from easily sourced ingredients and are all natural. In fact, not only do they help straighten your hair, but they also make sure that your hair remains healthy and free from breakage.