How to Keep Hair Straight

Though there are various methods with which you can straighten your hair, how to keep it straight for a long time is the question that has to be answered. To know about the techniques to keep hair straight for a longer period, read on...
Straight hair is something that never goes out of fashion, as it is said to give a person an elegant look. However, not everyone is gifted with perfect straight hair. Nevertheless, with the introduction of several hair straightening equipment and products, even very curly hair can be straightened easily. There are actually two types of straightening methods, one is the permanent one and the other is the temporary one. The permanent hair straightening method is called so because it helps the hair to remain straight for a long time. However, as it can be only done by experts, it can be quite expensive, and not everyone can afford it. Here, the temporary straightening methods come as a savior. All the same, though this method helps in straightening the hair, the effect does not stay for a long time, rather it goes off once the hair is washed. Hence, let us now understand the technique of maintaining straightened hair for a long time.

Tips to Keep Hair Straight

If you are having a tough time from preventing your hair from curling back, you must be surely wanting to know about how to keep your hair straight. Here are some important tips that will help you in keeping hair straight.

Hot Irons
Using hot irons is one of the most common ways of straightening hair, with which one can easily straighten hair at home. To ensure that your hair remains straight for a long time, it is important that you invest in a good quality hot iron. This is because the use of an old or a bad quality hot iron will not give you the best results. Moreover, using a good quality straightening iron will protect your hair from any damage. Another important thing that you have to remember is that you should never use a hot iron on wet or damp hair. This is because wet hair is very sensitive, which may cause it to break easily. Therefore, let your hair dry naturally, or if you are in a hurry, make use of a hair dryer to dry your hair completely.

Shampoos and Conditioners
It is a well-known fact that shampooing as well as conditioning your hair is very important for the hair to stay healthy. In the same way, to keep your hair straight for a long time, it is important that you use a good shampoo and conditioner regularly. Washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner before straightening is also necessary to make sure that the effect of straightening remains for some time. There are various shampoos and conditioners that are made to keep the hair straight. While applying the shampoo, do not directly squeeze the bottle on your hair, rather take some on your palms and then apply it to your entire hair, starting from the roots to the tip. Also, remember to be gentle while applying the shampoo as well as conditioner.

Hair Straightening Products
Apart from the shampoos and conditioners that are meant to keep hair straight, there are other hair products which can do the same thing. To prevent straight hair from curling, you can make use of hair straightening pomade or serum on your already straightened hair. These products will not only keep your hair straight, but will also protect it from humid climatic conditions. Another method will be to use hair spray to ensure that the hair remains straight. This spray should be applied to the entire hair as soon as you finish straightening it. However, though hair sprays help in keeping the hair straight, it may make the hair very stiff.

Home Remedies
Apart from these methods for keeping your hair straight, you can also try a home remedy for the same purpose. Take 4 ounces of grated coconut and combine it with four ounces of lime juice in a bowl. Apply this mixture on your hair and leave it for 15-20 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Though this is said to be a good method to keep your hair straight, its effectiveness will not be the same for every individual.

Hairstyle and Hair Care
The correct hairstyle and proper hair care are two important factors that help in maintaining straight hair. Experts are of the opinion that people who have straightened their hair should opt for long hairstyles and avoid cutting them very short. This is because shorter hairstyles have a tendency to curl up easily. Also, you should avoid tying your hair into a tight ponytail as this can twist the hair, distorting the straight look. Another important thing is to trim your hair regularly to avoid the development of split ends which can damage your hair.

One thing I would like to say is that though it is important to keep your hair straight, do not make the habit of using hot irons or other hair straightening products on a daily basis because excessive use can cause permanent damage to your hair.
By Deepa Kartha
Last Updated: 9/23/2011
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