Top 5 Tips Caring For Straight Hair
Chances are if you have straight hair, your hair type falls in the “1” category. Most individuals with straight hair tend to get oily hair and usually will only obtain damage by poor techniques such as rough brushing, bleaching, colorants and too much heat. While some damage is irreversible, we here at Different Textures® know that many hair issues can be resolved with some good old fashioned TLC for your strands. We believe that hair care is 30% product and 70% technique. This is why we’ve compiled this article as a reference for anyone who has straight hair and is suffering from damage. Here are our Top 5 tips caring for straight hair.
1.) Shampoo matters.
Lets start with the number one rule: ABSOLUTELY NO SULFATES! It would be great if you could alternate between a clarifying and moisturizing shampoo. Because type 1 hair is straight, it’s easier for sebum to make its way down the hair shaft. The great thing is, this is natures way of ensuring our hair is moisturized. The downside is, sebum can often build up on the hair shaft and make the strands feel tacky, sticky and appear oily and heavy. A good clarifying shampoo will help to raise the cuticles of your hair, allowing the surfactants (cleansing agents) to come in and wash away the build up. However, everything that glitters isn’t gold. If you were to use a clarifying shampoo everyday, it would strip your hair of all of the natural sebum, resulting in dry, brittle hair. Thus, you want to follow up each shampoo with a nice conditioner, and also on alternate days use a moisturizing conditioner.
Here’s an extra tip for you. Stay away from products that have heavy oils and conditioning agents as their top ingredients. Also, steer clear of silicones as most are not water soluble and will also cause buildup. You want to shoot for products that use lighter oils like avocado oil, organ oil, olive oil and coconut oil.
Suggestion: Our Tahitian-Vanilla Moisturizing Shampoo would work wonders for your straight, delicate strands. Check it out here.
2.) Bleach + Color = Damage
If you bleach or color you hair, then you have sustained some damage. It does not matter how good your hair ‘feels’, it only matter what the condition of your actual strands are. If you are using bleach and colors in your hair, then without a shadow of doubt you need to be applying a protein treatment and also a deep conditioner. You should deep condition your hair once a week and do a protein treatment once a month. If you are someone who has colored there hair red, which is known to be a difficult color to hold due to the size of the nano particles, you should use a conditioner daily with mild protein in it. We here at Different Textures offer our Tahitian-Vanilla Moisturizing Conditioner with Aloe Extract, Oat Protein and Castor Oil. It s an excellent conditioner that works asa detangled, conditioner and protein treatment.
3.) Lay off the heat
We know. We know. Sometimes you just want that sleek look. We totally understand, however, applying heat everyday will ultimately lead to dry, brittle and damaged hair; i.e split ends and breakage. Instead of blowdrying your hair and flat ironing, opt for blotting your hair with a t-shirt to absorb excess water and finishing by air-drying. Once ready to flat iron, use the lowest setting possible that still gets your hair straight, and try doing only 1-2 passes instead of 4. Another option for cutting back the heat is to use pin curls, Flexi rods, or rollers to keep your hair curled throughout the night. Yes, its not as comfortable but it is far less damaging than curling your hair daily. And as you already know, ALWAYS use a heat protectant.
Here’s an extra tip: Always wait until your hair is 70% dry and then apply your heat protectant. After applying, wait 15 minutes and then proceed to blow dry your hair. Never ever flat-iron or cut wet or damp hair.
Top 5 Tips for Caring For Straight Hair
4.) While were on techniques, try protective styling.
You can do loose ponytails and buns, halo braids or even twisted styles. The awesome thing about these styles is that they last longer than 3 days, and will essentially cut back on manipulation of the hair strands.
5.) Let it go, Let it go!
If the ends are damaged, get rid of em’. Often times we hear women say, ” I don’t want to lose my length, so please trim my ends instead of cut” even though their ends are completely damaged. We understand that length is important to some, however, if you continue to simply “trim” deeply damaged ends, they will continue to split up the hair shaft. This is where the irreversible damage part comes in. There are some things even the best of products and the most care can’t fix. Heat and chemicals denature the protein (keratin) of hair. This means, it alters the shape or the bonds, making the hair weaker. If one continues to use bad practices such as these, the hair will suffer irreversible damage and need to be cut. We know its hard and in some cases undesirable, but let those bad ends go once and for all. Trust us, your hair will thank you. It will cut your detangling time down, make for sleeker styles and your hair will be healthier. For our beauties who may have to cut a ton of length off, don’t fret! We know you can totally rock a cute pixie cut and use our Golden Growth Elixir to get your hair growing quickly.
Hair growth is all about length retention. Putting these top 5 tips for caring for straight hair into motion will definitely get you on the right path to growing and and retaining healthy hair. As always, its been such a pleasure to share our knowledge with you and we hope you were blessed. Check out of shop for hair products tailored for your delicate strands. Also, feel free to shoot us an email on contact page if you need hair advice or have any questions about our tips. We’re here to serve you 🙂