Many, if not most, of the hair straightening tips found online involve the use of chemical substances that alter the composition of the hair strands. These chemicals can include protein conditioners, cream relaxants, and neutralizers that, when handled improperly, can result to irreversible damage to the tresses. Well, of course, it is a different story when these chemical substances are applied by trained salon professionals.
Did you know, however, that you can find numerous hair straightening tips sans the above mentioned chemical substances? You can then save money on the expensive hair straightening treatments in salons as well as save your hair from chemical abuse or misuse.
You will only be using substances found in your pantry and refrigerator for these hair straightening tips although you must have the right tools on hand. You may borrow from your family and friends but we suggest using your own personal hair straightening tools for hygiene purposes.
Let’s start with the most common hair straightening tips without using chemicals – with an iron. Keep in mind that even in professional salon treatments, the heated iron is a staple in straightening hair. It will be to your own advantage if you will learn how to wield this all-important weapon in keeping hair looking soft, smooth and silky.
The best alternative I am know of is a straightening brush, you can learn details on Monica’s blog.
The best natural hair straightening tips you will receive involves the use of milk on the hair before the application of heat. We recommend liquid milk that can be sprayed on the hair strands until soaked to the scalp. Or you can use a brush, if you want.
Leave the milk on the hair for 30 to 40 minutes to allow the hair strands to soak up its nutrients. Then rinse off the milk, apply on your shampoo and conditioner in the usual manner and let it dry completely. You can either blow dry your hair or let it air dry.
Yet another of the most important hair straightening tips you will know is to never apply the heat from the styling iron while your hair is wet or damp. Otherwise, the hair is subjected to intense stress that leads to significant damage like frizz, flyaways and split ends, among others.
You will also appreciate the following hair straightening tips when using a styling iron:
- Separate the hair strands into sections and the tie the un-ironed strands with rubber bands or big hair pins to keep them apart from each other. This way, you can work on each section until you achieve almost-perfect straight hair on all sections.
- Always use downward strokes when ironing your hair. Even the salon professional swear by one of the most common sense hair straightening tips around.
Hair Straightening Tips with Natural Substances
But of course, the styling iron is not the only natural hair straightening tips you can enjoy at home. Look at your pantry and you are sure to find one of the following natural hair straightening products:
- Coconut milk mixed with lemon juice, which is then applied on the hair for a few minutes before rinsing off
- A cup of milk mixed with a teaspoon of honey and mashed strawberries acts as a natural hot oil treatment
Apply these hair straightening tips and you can keep your hair straighter for a longer period of time.