It is every girl’s dream to have silky, smooth and straight hair that is super easy to manage. A lot of women reach for their hair straighteners and blow driers almost every day because they desire straight hair. However, regular use of heat styling tools dehydrates your hair, making it look damaged and lifeless. Sucks, right?
But what if we told you that it is possible to achieve straight(er) hair without the use of any heat? Women have been straightening their hair for centuries even before hair straightening tools were a thing. While achieving poker straight hair using no-heat straightening techniques could be labelled as having unrealistically high standards, it is possible to make wavy, medium to fine hair appear a lot straighter and silkier. Intrigued much? Wait till you read on! From picking the right kind of shampoo and conditioner to using hair rollers, there are a lot of ways to achieve straight hair without the use of any heat-styling tools.
Following are some simple ways to achieve straight hair without any heat...
- Pick the right kind of shampoo and conditioner
- Try wrapping your hair
- Blow dry with cold air
- Use plastic rollers
- Sleep with wet hair
- Apply essential oils
- Hair masks for the win
Pick the right kind of shampoo and conditioner
If you are looking for a no-heat hair straightening method, then the first few things you need to switch are your shampoo and conditioner. Start washing your hair using a shampoo and conditioner specially formulated to achieve straight hair. The point of doing this is to trap in as much moisture as possible as that is what will keep your hair looking straight for a longer period of time. Additionally, there are leave-in conditioning products, hair sprays and serums that aim at calming and relaxing your strands. Smoothening hair serums and keratin-packed hair sprays form a conditioning layer on over your strands that helps weigh them down and relax your curls. Therefore, it would be a good idea to experiment with products that are meant for straight hair. We recommend using the Sunsilk Perfect Straight Lock Shampoo and Conditioner as it is enriched with silk protein that gently locks in the alignment of hair strands keeping them straighter and fully aligned as they dry.
Try wrapping your hair
One of the oldest ways to get straight hair without heat styling is to wrap your hair around your head. While this is a really common practice, not everyone knows how to do it the right way. But don’t worry as we are here to help. Wash your hair before going to bed. Start by drying your hair with cold air until almost dry and then grab sections of hair and pin them around your head. Remember to go all the way around and be gentle while doing so. To ensure that your hair stays firmly in place, secure your strands with large bobby pins and a cardboard type material underneath them to prevent those ugly dents from forming. This little trick will ensure that you wake up with hair that’s not just straight but also silky and smooth.
Blow dry with cold air
While it is really common to achieve straight hair that looks smooth and manageable using a classic hot air blow dry, you should consider switching up your method a little by using blasts of cool air, instead. Let your hair air-dry about three-quarters of the way. Then divide your hair into sections as you normally would while blow drying your hair. But instead of the hot air setting, use the “cool” setting on your blow-dryer. But make sure that the blow-dryer is moving continuously from root to tip and keep the blow-dryer about six inches away from your hair while you dry it. This method of drying your hair could leave behind a few fly-aways and in order to tame those, keep some leave-in conditioner or smoothening serum handy. This cold air method of drying your hair gives similar results as the hot air one and is also proven to cause way lesser hair damage to the hair shaft.
Use plastic rollers
Plastic jumbo hair rollers are another great way to help you achieve hair that’s almost straight with tons of volume and a glossy finish. Although this no-heat hair straightening method leaves behind slight waves, it is perfect for someone with really wavy, unruly and frizzy hair. Simply divide your damp hair into medium sections and roll the products into your hair before you go to bed, or about four hours before you intend to take them out. These types of rollers may take some practice, but you have medium to long hair, trust us you will soon swear by this no-heat method to achieve straight hair.
Sleep with wet hair
We understand if you find it difficult to imagine sleeping with your hair wrapped or with huge rollers on to achieve straight hair, but you can always start small by going to fall asleep with your hair still wet. Tie your hair in a loose ponytail at the top of your head and then wrap your hair around the hair elastic to create a bun shape and secure it with another hair tie. A word of caution, if you plan to sleep with wet hair, then we suggest you use a satin pillowcase instead of a cotton one. This will help cut down on the friction against your hair while you sleep and give your hair a straighter appearance once you let it loose in the morning.
Apply essential oils
If you want to achieve straight hair without the use of any heat, we recommend you to give essential oils a try. This is because essential oils are known to calm frizz and make hair appear tamer. Essential oils also get absorbed into the hair faster, ensuring that it shows quicker results. Coconut, argan, almond, and macadamia essentials oils have amazing hair-loving properties that penetrate your hair follicles, seal and repair the cells inside. Post using one of the above techniques of no-heat hair styling, apply a dime-sized amount of any essential oil of your choice. To do so, warm the essential oil, rub it between your palms and apply it to your hair, focusing mainly on the ends. Other than adding a sweet scent, this little trick will weigh your hair down slightly, helping it to hold its style and look straight.
Hair masks for the win
Hair masks are a great way to deal with a variety of hair problems, including hair that looks wavy or curly. A deep conditioning hair mask helps give your hair a straighter and shinier appearance. You could try using hair masks that are meant to restore protein to hair as they help make curly hair appear more relaxed. Hair that is moisturised hydrated and nourished weighs down and helps hair look straighter. If you are into DIY hair masks, you could try making one with raw egg, honey, and avocado to give your hair a deep-conditioning effect. You can also use warm coconut oil or almond oil as hot-oil treatments to infuse and strengthen curly hair.
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