How To Achieve Smoother Hair When It's Straighten With Heat Applications
Find that your hair reverts to its curls after straightening with heat applications such as flat ironing or blow drying? This can be annoying, especially if you want the hairstyles to last throughout the day. While many people would instantly reach out for a hair spray, that does not directly remedy the problem. Instead, it’s all about hydration. When it comes to naturally curly hair, it is drier compared to straight hair. This is because the natural oils can’t coat the hair strands from the root to the ends. As such, you should be looking to lock in as much moisture to achieve smoother and straighter hair. Listed below are ways to do so.
Why Hair Curls Back
As mentioned above, the root cause of hair that does not stay straight is dehydration. If you’re not incorporating a conditioner in your hair routine or using an ineffective one, your hair is more prone to being damaged and dry. This goes the same for hair constantly exposed to the sun or heavily styled with heat applications. Being out in the sun for too long allows the hair cuticle to be vulnerable to UVA and UVB rays, which are extremely harmful.
Other causes can be environmental conditions that are usually out of our control, and lifestyle. For those living in humid countries, you’ll find that your hair will be drier due to the moisture in the air breaking the hydrogen bonds that bind the hair together. Lifestyle choices such as smoking, and diet can also increase the likelihood of hair curling back. All in all, indicators of damaged hair are brittle strands, split ends, and frizziness.
How to Keep Hair Straight
There are a number of ways to make sure that hair retains its straightness after using heat applications, including the following:
Avoid Using Towels
Even though a towel is specifically designed to dry something, that does not mean it should be used for the hair. Our delicate hair cuticles contain a lot of ridges, and when you rub them with a harsh surface of a towel, the ridges will open up, leading to frizziness. Instead, after hopping out of the shower, gently squeeze any excess water out of your hair before drying it with an old t-shirt or even better, a microfiber towel.
Keep the Hair Dry
You may have gotten used to immediately blow drying your hair after getting out of the shower, but we recommend that you refrain from doing that. The reason is that blow drying sopping wet hair can cause frizz to appear, making it difficult for the hair to stay straight. As such, try waiting for around 10 minutes for the hair to dry naturally before going in with a blowdryer.
Apply Anti-Frizz Sprays and Serums
As its name suggests, an anti-frizz spray provides a quick and fuss-free solution to combat frizziness. It is incredibly versatile, and can be used on both dry and wet hair, making it a must-have for stylists. What’s great about our Simply Stylin’ Light Silk Spray is that it contains a high concentration of silicone base that helps with the straightening process.
This goes the same for our Simply Stylin’ Silk Serum. Serums should be incorporated at the end of your hair care routine as it locks in moisture while adding shine to your hair. In addition, serums are made out of oil, which coats the hair and acts as a protective barrier against humidity.