Being born with naturally straight hair is quite a blessing. Why, you ask? Well, in most cases, straight hair not only is naturally softer, smoother and easier to manage, but is also the easiest to style. Whether you prefer to keep it as it is, indulge in a quick blow dry, or create intricate hairstyles, straight hair is versatile enough to look great in everything.
But a major problem with straight hair is that it can look really thin and end up falling flat, especially if you have an oily scalp. Additionally, if you don’t have a few quick hairstyling tips and tricks up your sleeve, straight hair can get really boring and monotonous.
Well, not anymore! We have rounded up some really easy and wearable hairstyles for straight hair that you will definitely love. These hairstyles will help break the monotony and make you look instantly stylish and glam. Excited? Let’s get started!
- 1. Braided bun
- 2. Side-parted low ponytail
- 3. Slicked-back waves with hair pins
- 4. Mid-parted long bob
- 5. Textured half-up half-down ‘do
- Hairstyling tips for straight & fine hair
1. Braided bun
Image courtesy: @sonamkapoor
If you have long, straight hair, this braided bun seen on Sonam Kapoor Ahuja is a must-try hairstyle, especially for the festive season. The middle partition and side braided bun make for a super sophisticated combination, and looks beautiful when paired with just about any ethnic ensemble.
How to: Pull your hair back in a low side ponytail at the nape of your neck and secure it in place. Next, start braiding your hair in a traditional three-strand braid until you reach the end. Next, wrap the braid into a bun at the base of your neck and secure it in place with a few bobby pins. To achieve the slicked-back style and maintain it, spray a generous amount of finishing spray to keep the flyaways in check.
2. Side-parted low ponytail
Image courtesy: @deepikapadukone
A super chic hairstyle that looks really great with all your formal outfits, this side-parted low ponytail is an amazing hairstyle for straight hair. The slicked back low ponytail is a great fuss-free style, especially for second and third day hair. You can even style this with a cute hair tie or accessory if you are planning to wear this in a less formal setting.
How to: Start by applying a little styling mousse to your hair to tame the frizz. Next, create a deep centre-parting as seen on Deepika and then gather all your hair to create a neat low ponytail. Secure it with a clear elastic. Then take a little hair from under your ponytail and wrap it over the elastic to conceal it and finish this hairstyle.
3. Slicked-back waves with hair pins
Image courtesy: @kiaraaliaadvani
Slicked back hair is having a major moment in the beauty circuit right now, and this is great news for all you girls with straight hair. Since straight hair usually has a good ‘fall’, this is a great hairstyle to make the most of your natural hair texture. Additionally, adding a few hair pins gives this hairstyle for straight hair a cute twist, adding just the right amount of drama.
How to: Start by combing your hair gently yet thoroughly to get rid of tangles. Apply a little styling gel to your hair and distribute it evenly using a wide-toothed comb. Using hair tongs, create big waves at the ends of your hair for a bit of texture. Create a centre-part and secure two hairpins at the side to complete this look.
4. Mid-parted long bob
Image courtesy: @anushkasharma
If you have short hair, then a simple no-fuss straight lob like Anushka Sharma’s looks really classy. This hairstyle requires very little time and effort, making it perfect for girls with a busy schedule. Additionally, hair accessories such as barrettes and hair pins are a super simple way to jazz up this otherwise simple hairstyle for straight hair.
How to: Start by washing and conditioning your hair. Blow dry closer to the roots to add more volume, especially if you have thin hair. Once your hair is completely dry, straighten it for a sleek and sophisticated appearance. Create a centre-parting and finish this look with lots of hair finishing spray to prevent frizz and flyaways.
5. Textured half-up half-down ‘do
Image courtesy: @realhinakhan
Half-up half-down hairstyles are totally in trend right now and for all the right reasons. They look extremely trendy and can be paired with just about any outfit. The problem is, this hairstyle can sometimes end up looking flat, especially if you’ve got straight hair. But by adding just a little bit of texture to the top of your head, it is possible to fake volume and prevent your hairstyle from looking boring.
How to: This hairstyle works better on second or third day hair, thanks to the natural texture it provides. Start by spraying some dry shampoo and massaging your scalp. Then gently backcomb your hair at the crown area for some added volume. Next, take a large chunk of hair from the top of your head and secure it with a hair elastic. Loosen out some hair tendrils from the front to give your hairstyle more texture.
Hairstyling tips for straight & fine hair
i) Use volumising hair products –
Volumising products, especially shampoos and conditioners prevent product build-up and control oil production. This prevents straight hair from falling flat on your scalp.
ii) Invest in a dry shampoo –
If your hair tends to look dull and greasy on the day after a hair wash, it is time to invest in a good dry shampoo. It will help soak up the excess oils, add texture and make straight hair look more voluminous. This also makes styling straight hair a lot more convenient.
iii) Massage your scalp regularly –
Massaging your scalp everyday before bed for about five minutes helps improve circulation to the scalp. This goes a long way in restricting excess oil production and keeps your hair looking fresh for a longer period of time.
iv) Blow dry at the roots –
A great way to make straight hair look fuller is to blow dry at the roots. Hold your blow dryer at a 45-degree angle facing the nozzle upwards at the roots and blow dry all over for about five minutes. This will lift up your roots immediately.
v) Choose the right hair colour –
Colouring your hair helps add a lot more body and movement to your hair, which can be really beneficial for girls with straight hair. Try hair colouring treatments like balayage, ombré, a combination of highlights and lowlights, as all of them look equally amazing on straight hair.
vi) Learn how to backcomb –
Backcombing your hair is the easiest way to add more volume to straight hair as it usually falls flat. Plus, if done correctly, backcombing is a really safe way to style hair as it doesn’t require use of heat. Invest in the right comb and be very gentle to avoid breakage.