Straightening hair that’s naturally wavy is not a walk in the park. Maintaining straight hair (after hours of styling, no less) is a downright struggle. Now, add in the weather factor and well, your hair is doomed to get frizzy and point to different directions within a few hours.
When it rains, the air becomes humid; and our hair, especially if it’s damaged, quickly absorbs the water vapor like a sponge. This causes hair to frizz and behave like a stubborn teenager. So we don’t blame you if you find yourself giving up on the whole idea of styling your hair straight as soon as the first raindrop hits the ground. But you see, you don’t have to let the rainy season put a cramp on your style!
Read on to learn how to keep your hair straight even when there’s an all-out storm outside! (Just, you know, don’t plant yourself under a direct downpour and your hair will be fine).
How to Maintain Straight Hair
1. Use a shampoo that’s meant to relax your strands.
Start by washing your hair with a shampoo that is meant to relax your strands. It will help keep your hair straight and frizz-free even before you style it.
Editor’s tip: Want silky smooth hair? Use Dove Straight & Silky Shampoo to nourish each strand, tame frizz, and give you silky smooth hair. Follow it up with Dove Straight & Silky Conditioner for best results.
2. Give extra TLC to damaged hair.
Damaged hair will need extra care to keep it beautiful, especially during the rainy season. You can provide more nourishment by using products with a lot of keratin to repair and protect your hair from further damage.
Editor’s tip: When you don’t have the time for salon treatments to nourish your hair with keratin and keep it sleek during rainy days, you can always use Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Repair & Shine Conditioner. It helps tame rebellious frizz, repair damaged strands, and restore lost shine so you get hair that’s smooth, shiny, and beautiful.
3. 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.
4. Always spray heat protectant on your hair.
Making your hair stay on point all day may involve a lot of heat styling. Don’t forget to spritz heat protectant on your hair before blow-drying or ironing so your strands won’t get damaged from the heat.
Editor’s tip: We’re loving TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray! It reduces frizz and acts as a barrier from heated styling tools.
5. Make sure your hair is dry before leaving the house.
6. Let hair cool down before touching it again for further styling.
This helps make sure hair cuticles stay flat and prevent moisture from sneaking its way back in. You can do this quickly by setting your blow-dryer to its coolest setting and letting the air blow through your hair.
7. Divide your hair into small sections and iron part by part.
Clip the sections of hair you’re not currently working on so you can effectively straighten your hair.
8. Use scrunchies to straighten hair.
Don’t have a blow-dryer or flat iron? You can also straighten your 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!
9. Nourish hair using a leave-in conditioner.
You need every help you can get in this weather! Just a coin-sized amount is enough to help control frizz and revive dull tresses.
Editor’s tip: Always have a bottle of Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream in your bag or office drawer. It’s a non-sticky and ultra-light formula that deeply nourishes hair to make it soft, smooth, and gorgeously shinier.
10. Take your time before stepping out the door.
Wait five minutes before going out to let hair cool down and seal the hair cuticle. You can fix your bag or double-check if you have your phone and wallet while waiting for your hair to cool down.
11. Hands off your hair!
The excess oil in your hands as well as the heat of your palms won’t help keep moisture out, so resist the urge to run them through your hair.
12. Avoid getting your hair wet with rainwater.
It will do you no good in any way. Rain brings down pollutants from the air, so when you get your hair wet in the rain, you let your hair catch all that dirt that can clog your pores. Plus, rain-drenched hair doesn’t smell good. When you do get your hair wet in the rain, though, wash your hair immediately when you get home to remove trapped dirt.
Straight Hair Looks to Try
Look for hairstyles that suit straight hair? Try these easy looks!
1. Long Brown Hair with Side Bangs
Colored hair may be more prone to dryness and frizz because of the color treatment, but you can definitely keep your hair sleek and straight. Switch to shampoos and conditioners made for colored hair to combat dryness and fading. Also, you can give your hair a moisturizing mask treatment once a week to keep it nourished.
Editor’s tip: For brown, red, and other hair colors that didn’t use bleach, we recommend TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Color Radiance Shampoo and TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Color Radiance Conditioner. This duo has color radiance boosters that help prevent fading, so you get to enjoy your brown or red hair twice longer. These products also have jojoba oil to keep your hair moisturized.
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.
It’s no easy feat to achieve the look that you want especially if the weather won’t cooperate, but there’s always a trick to getting what you want–at least as far as hair straightening is concerned. Now that you know how to make your hair straight and keep it that way all day long, you can go out, do a hair flip, and slay!
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.