Straight Hairstyles: How to Perfect This Look at Home

Eunice Lucero | 22 April 2016

No need to step out of your jammies for this one.

Straight hairstyles—growing them, getting them and maintaining them—has always been an exercise in discipline.

Even those of us born with straight hairstyles have to subscribe to a certain formula of upkeep in order to get those enviable, poker-rod strands that are equal parts stylish and classy.

Contrary to popular belief, that immaculately sleek look isn’t achievable with just a tug of a straightening iron.

Professional treatments aside, getting picture-perfect locks usually starts in the shower, way before a single styling product reaches your hair. Read on to learn more about how to achieve perfect straight hairstyles in the comfort of your home.

Getting Perfectly Straight Hairstyles at Home

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The ideal: sleek and shiny like a seal’s mane.

1. Start with clean hair.

A damage-conscious and smoothening wash and care hair regimen, like the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Shampoo and TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Conditioner, does double duty in ensuring straight strands. First, it washes away grease and debris that can get in the way of a sleek blowout. Second, it imparts moisturizing ingredients, ensuring hair fibers—no matter how dry and battered they may be—fall smoothly and do not splay out in an unruly manner. And anyone who’s ever experienced that silky rinse-off can attest to the game-changing effects of a moisturizing conditioner during the detangling process.

2. Deep-condition your hair.

What was previously considered an extra step has now become ubiquitous in terms of both haircare and styling. That deliciously juicy-smelling tub of cream you see displayed at salons, at the ready while your stylist shampoos you, has the one-two punch of providing nourishment and an extra gleam of shine, depending on its formulation. And as the name suggests, deep conditioning treatments, such as Suave Professionals Moisture Mask with Almond + Shea Butter, also provides an extra layer of conditioning, which is vital in maintaining a perfectly straight, frizz-free style.

3. Prep and blow-dry.

Whether it comes in the form of a thermal protectant or a root booster, blowdrying with a pre-styling heat or anti-humidity spray, like TRESemmé Get Sleek Heat Protection Spray, is crucial in holding straight hairstyles in place. After rinsing off a deep-conditioning treatment, a few spritzes of spray can detangle, protect and prime the hair for this damaging mechanical process. After spraying the entire head, blow dry hair until it is almost 85 percent dry and then section it off. Gently, but firmly, pull each section downwards, except for the hairline, which should be dried at an angle (or even upwards) for some lift.

For finer hair, a mousse, like Nexxus New York Salon Care Styling Mousse Plus Volumizing Foam, can provide a similar look—that uniform, seal-like gloss—with some added volume at the root. To start, sparingly squirt a moisturizing variant (a golf ball-sized portion is generous) onto palms and apply on hair, starting near the scalp. Give each section a moderate blasting using a blow dry and paddle brush and finish off with a 5-10-second pass of a flat iron, moving downwards towards the tip, to seal down each cuticle. The hair should easily fall into place and end up with a slick-looking gleam.

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Perfectly straight hair lends itself to the most sophisticated-looking of updos. Photo credit:

4. Shine on.

Now that your hair is molded in place, it’s time to seal everything in. Shine-enhancing serums like Nexxus New York Salon Care Encapsulate Serum are crucial to achieving that stick-straight mirror finish that is often seen on a professionally coiffed ’do. Apply a dime-sized amount of serum (anything more and you risk stringiness) onto one palm and rub your hands together, making sure the product covers your entire hand, from the wrist line to the fingertips. Then proceed to “clamp” sections of hair in between both palms, moving downward from the eyeline and finger-tapping the finer sections around the hairline and ears. A fishtail comb helps too.

5. Finish it off.

The next and final step is a misting of some light hairspray. Straight hairstyles should not have the appearance of frizz, but shouldn’t forego some degree of movement. Too much product, and the hairstyle just looks stiff and untouchable—two words you never want to associate with your hair, ever. Choose a light-wearing hair spray with great comb-through potential, such as Dove Style+Care Flexible Hold Hairspray, that also imparts just the right amount of control to keep flyaways and cowlicks at bay. The point of beautiful, professional-looking straight hairstyles is to remain silky soft to the touch. Position the nozzle 12 inches (or about an arm’s length) away from your head and lightly spritz all over.

How do you create your own straight hairstyles? We’d love to know.