Straight hair is much sought after, often thought of as “perfect” hair, but the truth is, without the right handling and products, it can look limp and lifeless. Many products exist touting their ability to add body, life, and shine to straight hair, but which really do?
To start off on the right foot, use Pantene Extra Straight 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner. The two-in-one formula ensures lightweight conditioning without the extra weight that can come with a separate conditioner, and the straightening formula gives your hair a defined straightness with an extra boost of shine. Find Pantene products at a major retailer or local drugstore.
After GENTLY towel drying hair (no rubbing allowed!), follow up with Clairol Herbal Essences None of Your Frizziness Leave-In Smoothing Crème to prevent frizz and add much-needed moisture to your straight hair. Comb all products through your hair with a wide-toothed comb to ensure even distribution. Learn more at herbalessences.com, and pick up the smoothing crème at a local drugstore or mass merchandiser.
Comb through Frizz-Ease® Thermal Protection Serum, which will protect your hair from heat damage while adding smoothness and shine to your hair. Frizz-Ease serums come in a variety of formulas, depending on your hair needs, but all will reduce even the most stubborn frizz and add a lustrous shine that cannot be matched.
Blow your hair out a small portion at a time, to ensure each cuticle is dried thoroughly. Use a paddle brush to get extreme straightening or a round brush to add a bit of body. Find Frizz-Ease products at a mass merchandiser or local drugstore, or visit JohnFreida.com for more information.
If you desire an extra boost of body (as opposed to a smooth, sleek look), this is the time to add Nexxus Vita Tress Bodyfying Mousse. Smooth mousse through your dried hair to add life and volume at the roots, shape and definition to the ends. You will find Nexxus products at your favorite salon.
For a finished look, end your style routine with Aveda’s Light Elements Smoothing Fluid. The lightweight formula ensures that your hair will retain its body (whether natural or mousse- induced), while keeping it defined and healthy-looking. Aveda products are available at your local salon or through Aveda.com.
Repeated heat styling can damage hair, but blow drying is virtually necessary to get the sleek smooth look of perfectly straight hair. Reduce damage by waiting to dry until your hair is about 50% dry before drying it, and always use a heat-protective serum or spray prior to drying. Ionic or tourmaline hair dryers claim to damage hair less and may be well worth the extra cost. While your hair will most likely be extra-soft after applying your styling products, keep your hands off to avoid adding excess oil that will create limpness. Sleep on satin pillowcases to extend time between blow-outs and keep your hair shiny and frizz- and wave-free.