There are many ways to straighten your hair, but what is the safest? And the most effective? What about the side effects? …. These are all great questions that everyone should know before you straighten your hair.
Lets start by talking about the different ways you can straighten your hair…
- Shampoo or Styling Products
Chemicals: Best done at a salon with a professional. You can get long-lasting, great looking hair from a chemical treatment. The way these treatments work is by breaking down the bonds in the hair and then rebuilding them. (Bonds are what give your hair its texture.) One huge advantage is the amount of time the chemical treatment lasts. Depending on the type of treatment done they can last anywhere from a few months up to a year. The down side is that this process can be very damaging to your hair, especially if done incorrectly. My biggest recommendation before doing a chemical treatment, is to contact an experienced stylist and meet up with them to discuss all your options.
Warnings about Chemical Treatments: If chemical treatments are done incorrectly they can cause damage to your scalp, cause breakage to your hair, and potentially even cause hair loss. When using relaxers… Don’t scratch your head or brush your hair before applying. A great way to protect your scalp is by applying petroleum jelly before use of the relaxer. Be sure not to leave the relaxer on to long. And rinse hair with a neutralizing shampoo to remove all traces of the relaxer.
Heat: Most commonly used are flat-irons and blow dryers to straighten hair. The great thing about doing it yourself with either of these tools, is that it allows you to have a lot of control of the outcome. It can provide a very smooth and minimal frizz look with as much volume as you want. The down sides…. the continuous time and potential damage. The best ways to protect your hair from damage are to make sure you use high quality tools, apply a heat protecting spray or serum just before use. Also keep the iron on the lowest heat setting that will still work for your hair, and lastly use these tools as little as possible. Try not to blow dry or flat-iron your hair everyday if you don’t have to.
Shampoo and Styling Products: Although you may not get as great of results with this way of straighten your hair, this by far is the safest way to do it. By using moisturizing shampoos and conditioners or different styling creams or serums they will help to reduce frizz and loosen curls by adding weight to the hair, causing it to be straighter. Also try using different types of brushes. With the right brush, you can smooth, style, and reduce frizz all at the same time. For example, as I’m sure many of you are aware of, by using a large round brush while blow drying your hair and rolling the brush will add some volume and keep the hair looking smooth at the same time.
If you’re not sure which way is best for you, try talking with your hair stylist the next time you’re in for a cut, and do your research. There are plenty of great sources on the web that can give you a lot of detailed information regarding each option. Hope this helps!