Straight hair or Type 1 hair ranges from fine to wavy. It lacks a visible curl pattern and you might find it doesn’t hold curls well. Straight hairstyles are popular because they are effortlessness and offer incredible shine. This makes it a favourite with many as an everyday style, formal occasions and with celebs on the red carpet.
Find out what makes straight hair straight, how to get smooth, sleek strands and discover the best products by reading on.
What is straight hair? The science
The follicle of straight hair is round and even on all sides, this makes it easy for sebum to travel the hair shaft. This is why straight hair is shiny, strong and less prone to split ends as it is constantly receiving the TLC it needs.
But this hair type does come with some cons. Depending on which straight hair type you fall under, you’re likely to experience a lack of volume, have greasy locks and struggle to keep styles in your hair.
1A – fine
Baby-fine, straight locks fall under the 1A category. These strands don’t hold texture well and can be difficult to style because of its silkiness.
1B – medium
Type 1B hair is fuller-looking with a slight bend at the ends giving it an almost wavy effect.
1C – coarse
Out of all the straight hair types, 1C hair is the thickest and particularly prone to frizz. It can hold curls very well and looks naturally tousled when left to air dry.
How to get straight hair without heat
Now you know everything about straight hair, you’re probably wondering how to get it, right? If you want to achieve straighter locks without heat, read on to see our 4 professional tips for straightening hair the heat-free way.
Want to wake up with straight locks? Try this method! All you need to do is split your hair into equal sections and wrap them over each other until you reach the ends of your hair. While you’re doing this, make sure to pin each section into place to secure it.
After pinning all of your hair, tie a silk scarf around your head to help maintain your style while you sleep. In the morning, unravel your hair to reveal sleeker strands.
Use hair rollers
Hair rollers aren’t just for bouncy curls — you can use them to straighten your strands, too. For best results, use jumbo rollers and divide your hair into six different sections. Then firmly roll your hair and secure.
It is best you sleep with the rollers, but if you’re in a hurry, leave them in your hair for at least four hours before taking them out.
Use straightening products/serums
Recommended read: A keratin shampoo and conditioner is your secret to straight hair.
Use cold air and brush
If you want an alternative, less-damaging way to achieve a classic blow out, try using cold air instead of hot air. To help encourage straighter locks while you are blow-drying on a cool setting, continuously brush from root to tip. Though this process takes longer, the results will be worth it.
Editor’s tip: While cool air is less damaging than hot air, you should still take preventive measures and use a heat protection spray like the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray.
This is perfect for straightening hair as it contains keratin, helping to tame frizz and boost smoothness. The result? Sleek, shiny strands!
How to get salon straight hair at home
A sleek hairstyle works just as well on a casual day as it does for a glamourous night out. If you want to know how to get salon straight tresses in the comfort of your home, take a look at these 4 handy styling tips.
Start with clean dry hair
When learning how to straighten hair, the process really begins in the shower. So, we suggest you use a specialist smoothing wash and care duo to cleanse your tresses and make them easier to work with.
Use the right products
On the topic of products, it’s important to invest in straightening ones that help boost smoothness and shine. If you need more guidance on this, check out our best straight hair products section.
However, as you will be using heat, take extra caution and prep your hair with the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray.
Work in small sections
Sectioning is one of the most important hair straightening tips. Working in small sections will ensure you don’t make a mistake or miss any strands. So, don’t forget to do it!
Finish with cold air
If you plan on using a blow dryer to get straight hair, the key thing you need to remember is to finish off your look with a blast of cool air. Not only will this seal the cuticle of the hair shaft, but it will also set the look and give it a shiny, salon-approved finish.
Recommended read: How to get super sleek strands.
Best Straight Hair Products: 2019
Want to know what the best products are for straight hair? From shampoo and conditioner to hairsprays and more, keep reading to see our top picks for 2019.
TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Shampoo and Conditioner
Editor’s tip: The TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Thickening Balm will come in handy when you want to recreate voluminous hairstyles.
VO5 Tame & Shine Spray
TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray
When you want to achieve lived-in, tousled waves, reach for the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray. With a light and flexible hold, it’s the ideal salt hair spray for adding texture and body to straight hair.
TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Mask
The TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Mask is your one-way ticket to smoother, frizz-free and glossy strands. So, you really can’t go wrong with incorporating into your weekly hair routine!
TONI&GUY Shine Gloss Serum