Straight hair never goes out of style. It goes well with casual or formal outfits. However, straight hair should be sleek, smooth and shiny. Unfortunately, it is not always the case. Heat styling and chemical procedures gradually damage hair. It is only when the damage becomes severe that women pay attention to their hair.
Celebrity straight hair seems to be the envy of most women. With healthy locks that shine and glisten at all angles, celebrity hairstyles never fail to inspire a lot of hair stylists to emulate the same look. You don’t have to prepare a huge budget to achieve celebrity straight hair. Here are a few tips and guidelines on how to get straight hair like celebrities.
What’s Your Hair Type?
Do you have naturally kinky, wavy, frizzy or straight hair? What you need to do in order to achieve celebrity straight hair depends on your hair type. Also, the diameter or thickness of your hair strands matter. Thick hair strands cannot be reduced in size. To put it lightly, those with thick hair will not achieve wispy straight hair but they can easily achieve straight and voluminous hair, something that people born with naturally straight hair have a difficult time to achieve. The shine, softness, and manageability will depend on the health of the hair.
When learning how to get straight hair like the celebrities, heat styling is indispensable. Those with naturally straight hair, whether thin or thick, can opt to iron their hair using a ceramic or tourmaline flat iron. Ceramic hair irons deliver heat evenly, preventing sections of your hair from getting parched.
Better than ceramic irons are tourmaline straighteners. They release negative ions when being used. Negative ions break down water molecules, thus hair remains moisturized, in contrast to ordinary hair irons that evaporate moisture through high heat. Negative ions also attract the positive ions in hair, sealing the cuticles close and giving hair a super sleek, shiny and moisturized hair.
To achieve celebrity straight hair using flat irons, start by making sure that your hair is totally or at least 90% dry. Part your hair horizontally from ear to ear and then vertically, resulting to 4 sections.
Distance your heat protectant spray around 4 to 6 inches from your hair and spray it liberally on each section. Turn on your hair iron and set the heat setting to the lowest temperature if your hair is fine, medium if your hair is thick or frizzy and high if your hair is coarse and resistant.
Take 2-inch sections and iron section by section starting from the nape. Let it cool for a few seconds and apply 1 to 3 drops of cuticle drops to seal your cuticles. If you want to go natural, you can substitute argan, jojoba, grapeseed or sunflower oil for conventional cuticle drops.
Celebrity straight hair can be achieved by people with naturally straight hair by using hair blowers that release negative ions. Start with the “cool” setting if your hair is damp. Use a paddle brush or a round brush with ceramic or tourmaline plating (avoid metal plating) when blow drying. If your hair is curly or frizzy, don’t rely on hair blowers to give you sleek, straight hair. Instead, you can opt for chemical procedures.
For women with frizzy, wavy, curly or very resistant hair, there are two popular chemical procedures that will help in achieving celebrity straight hair. One is hair rebonding or Japanese straightening and the other is called Brazilian Blowout. Hair rebonding takes 4 to 7 hours, depending on the hair’s condition and length. The results are permanent, but new hair growth will retain its natural condition.
There are rebonding kits and creams available but ideally, let a professional hairstylist rebond your hair. Although rebonding can straighten even the curliest hair type, it causes a lot of damage. Make sure to get deep hair mask treatments once a week to moisturize it.
Brazilian blowout is an easy way for women with straight, wavy or frizzy hair to achieve shiny and healthy celebrity hair. This involves coating and sealing each hair strand, thus reducing frizz and consequently straightening hair. Results, however, last around 2 to 4 months. Brazilian blowout is also safe for chemically damaged hair. Unlike rebonding, Brazilian blowout can be safely done at home, although salon will yield better results.
Shampoo, Conditioners, and Treatments
To maintain straight hair like celebrities, choose a sulfate-free shampoo. Conditioners with silicon-based ingredients seal the cuticles to prevent frizz, but they can also weigh hair down so use a clarifying shampoo weekly. Never forget to apply deep hair masks weekly. Leave them on for 30 minutes before rinsing.