There are days when you want to curl your hair, and there are days when you want to wear it straight. And why not? After all, straight hair has its charm. You look effortlessly sleek and chic even when you simply leave your mane down.
If you already have straight hair, you may want to add anti-frizz products to your beauty arsenal. This is because when it’s humid, hair tends to get frizzy as it absorbs water and salt from the air. All the more when your hair is dry and damaged, so you’ll need to make sure your straight hair stays moisturized to keep it from getting buhaghag.
If you have natural waves or curls, you can straighten your hair either by using heat-styling tools or heatless hair hacks. You can also get chemically straightened hair at the salon, which provides a longer-lasting result. But when you can’t go to your favorite salon to get a straightening treatment, there are ways to get straight hair at home.
Read on to learn tips on how to make your hair straight and how to maintain it no matter the weather.
How to Maintain Straight Hair
1. Use a shampoo that can help smoothen your hair.
Start by washing your hair with a shampoo that gives your hair salon-quality smoothness and shine. A keratin-rich shampoo is a great choice for this. Your hair is largely made up of keratin, and when you use products that are rich in this protein, the gaps in the overlapping cells of your hair cuticle gets filled with keratin, resulting in smoother and straighter hair.
Editor’s tip: Wash your hair with Dove Straight & Silky Keratin Tri-Silk Serum Shampoo to give your hair the benefits of Keratin Tri-Silk Serum, the newest triple action formula that combines the power of keratin, fiber actives, and serum ingredients. All these work to repair damage, deeply nourish and protect your hair, and leave it extra beautiful. This shampoo also has Amino Essence that helps in making your hair extra straight, smooth, and shiny.
2. Don’t forget to condition your hair.
Even if you’re in a hurry when washing your hair in the morning, don’t skip the conditioner. When you shampoo your hair, dirt gets washed away along with some of your hair’s natural oils. Using a conditioner helps bring back and seal moisture so your hair won’t get dry and frizzy.
Editor’s tip: Complement your Keratin Tri-Silk Serum shampoo with Dove Amino Restore 1 Minute Serum Conditioner. It has amino-infused serum capsules, which are potent ingredients that go deep into your hair to nourish it from within. It leaves your hair soft and smooth in just one minute.
You can also use Cream Silk Ultimate Reborn Standout Straight Tri-Oleo Conditioner. It has Tri-Oleo Complex, which consists of three lightweight, ultra-nourishing oils such as argan oil, rosehip oil, and marula oil. These help in strengthening, smoothening, and moisturizing your hair. This conditioner also has Frizz Defense Complex, which leaves your hair smoother, straighter, and with less frizz.
3. Give extra TLC to damaged hair.
Damaged hair will need extra care to keep it beautiful, especially when the air is humid. You can provide more nourishment by using products that are designed to repair and protect your hair from further damage.
Editor’s tip: It’s hard to keep your hair straight and sleek when it is damaged to begin with. Nurse your hair back to its healthy-looking state by using Dove Intense Repair Keratin Tri-Silk Serum Shampoo. Aside from Keratin Tri-Silk Serum, it also has Keratin Repair Actives that repair and nourish damaged hair from the core up to the surface to help it recover from damage.
4. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle hair.
Hair is at its weakest when wet, so you risk breaking and damaging your strands when you use a brush after washing your hair. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb and start detangling from the tips before you make your way up.
5. Apply hair serum to keep your hair smooth.
Hair serums coat your hair strands to help make them silky and shiny. You can apply it after washing and drying your hair to give it a lustrous finish. If you’re looking for a hair serum to add to your hair care arsenal, we recommend TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Anti-Frizz Shine Serum. It has keratin and marula oil, giving your hair five benefits such as calming frizz, detangling knots, adding shine, making your hair soft, and taming flyaways.
6. Put the nozzle on when using a blow-dryer.
The nozzle helps direct air, so you don’t blow-dry your hair aimlessly. This helps you blow-dry your hair more efficiently, therefore lessening the time your hair is exposed to heat. Don’t forget to blow-dry your hair one section at a time so it’s easier to straighten your hair. Also, set your hairdryer to the coolest or lowest heat setting possible to minimize heat damage. On weekends or on days when you’re just chilling at home, simply let your hair dry on its own to give it a break from heated tools.
7. Let hair cool down before touching it again for further styling.
This helps make sure hair cuticles stay flat and prevent salt and moisture from the air from sneaking their way into your hair strands. You can do this quickly by setting your blow-dryer to its coolest setting and letting the air blow through your hair.
8. Divide your hair into small sections when straightening your hair.
If you need to use a flat iron to straighten your hair, clip some sections of your hair first. Then, iron your hair one section at a time. This is a more efficient way of straightening your hair, so you finish more quickly and your hair doesn’t get exposed to too much heat for a long time.
9. Use scrunchies to straighten hair.
Don’t have a blow-dryer or flat iron? You can also get straight hair without using heat. To do this, tie a series of scrunchies to your long hair. Leave them for about half an hour or more. When you’re about to leave the house, remove the scrunchies and say hello to straight hair!
10. Nourish your hair with a hair treatment.
To help make your hair sleek and straight, treat it with a hair mask at least once a week. Hair masks can deeply moisturize your hair and protect it from dryness and frizz.
11. Spritz your hair with a smoothing spray.
To help you maintain straight hair, finish with a few spritzes of TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Smooth Hold Hairspray. It gives your hair a light, invisible hold that helps your smooth and polished hairstyles stay on point all day. It also has a humidity-resistant formulation so you don’t have to worry about your straight hair losing its shape after a few hours.
12. Hands off your hair!
The excess oil in your hands as well as dirt can get in your hair and make it frizzy, so resist the urge to touch your hair.
More Products to Help You Get Straight Hair
1. Dove Amino Restore 1 Minute Serum Shampoo
Keep frizz under control with Dove Amino Restore 1 Minute Serum Shampoo. It has amino-infused serum capsules that go deep into your hair strands to treat frizz and dryness from within. It leaves your hair silky smooth and more nourished in just one minute.
2. TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Shampoo
Looking for a keratin shampoo? Try TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Shampoo. It has KERA10 Protein Complex that penetrates your hair up 10 layers deep. It gives your hair 10 salon benefits in one wash. These include making your hair smooth, shiny, and soft. It also has an anti-frizz and anti-humidity formulation, so your hair stays smooth rain or shine.
3. TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Serum Conditioner
Complement your keratin shampoo with this serum conditioner. Aside from giving your hair 10 salon benefits in one wash, it also has oleo serum, which nourishes and moisturizes your hair.
4. Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Straight Treatment Crème
Add this hair mask to your hair care routine. Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Straight Treatment Crème gives your hair the benefits of three keratin products in just one crème. It has keratin relaxers to tame frizz, keratin serum to revive damaged hair, and keratin essence to restore moisture to dry hair.
5. Dove Nourishing Oil Care 1 Minute Serum Conditioner
If you have extremely dry hair, your strands can benefit from Dove Nourishing Oil Care 1 Minute Serum Conditioner. It has serum capsules that consist of coconut, argan, almond, and sunflower seed oils. This conditioner help transform your dry and rough hair and make it soft and smooth.
6. Cream Silk Ultimate Reborn Standout Standout Straight Tri-Oleo Conditioner
This anti-frizz conditioner has just gotten better! It now has Tri-Oleo Complex, which consists of three lightweight and ultra-nourishing oils such as marula oil, argan oil, and rosehip oil. They all work together to help smoothen, strengthen, and moisturize your hair so it stays beautiful and manageable.
Straight Hair Looks to Try
Look for hairstyles that suit straight hair? Try these easy looks!
1. Sleek and Fierce Ponytail
Take your beloved hairstyle to the next level! To create this hairstyle, gather your hair up on your crown and tie it. You can use two hair ties so the ponytail will look higher. Then, iron your hair to make it pin-straight, polished, and super sleek.
2. Shoulder Length Hair with Bangs
Nail a shoulder-length down ‘do by making sure that your hair is free from flyaways and split ends. You can also add blunt bangs to make your hairstyle edgy or if you want to balance out a heart-shaped face or a long face shape.
3. Bobby Pin Hair Crown
Jazz up your straight hair with a bobby pin hair crown. Use pins that contrast with your hair so the shape of the hair crown can be seen. You can wear a bobby pin hair crown when you’re going out on a Friday night or even when you just want to look a bit more glammed up during the day.
4. Vintage Ponytail Retro Hairstyle
If you want to tie your straight hair, a low ponytail is a good option. Add a bit of volume on your crown to create a vintage ponytail retro hairstyle, a day-to-night ‘do that can give your look a #throwback twist.
5. Sleek Pixie Cut
If you have a straight pixie cut, make it sleek and sexy by brushing it backward and sealing with a generous amount of hairspray. Just remember to hold your hairspray bottle around 10 cm. away from your hair while you spritz so the mist is evenly distributed to your hair. A sleek pixie cut can also make you look elegant in cocktail parties or formal events, especially when you complement it with statement earrings.
Maintaining straight hair and combatting frizz can be challenging when the weather is not cooperating, but it can be done. You just need the right products and hairstyling tricks to help you make it happen.