Our hair is one of the most noticeable parts of our body. It is also known as our crowning glory. Beautiful hair adds to your overall appearance. Straight hair is mostly desired and a universally desirable hairstyle. Millions of women have done great lengths to achieve this. Most of us have spent hundreds or even thousands of money for expensive salon hair treatments, the best shampoo brands, and the latest hair serums.
Before you spend more of your hard earned money, let’s take a look at the following Do’s and Don’ts guide which will help you achieve naturally straighten your hair and learn more about keeping your hair healthy.
- 1 Rinsing First
- 2 How much Shampoo should we use?
- 3 Wet Hair is Weak Hair
- 4 The Art of Combing
- 5 Hair Comb or Hair Brush?
- 6 Flat Iron Burns
- 7 UV Protection
- 8 To make a simple homemade hair sunscreen:
- 9 The ugly truth about Hair Extensions
- 10 To Trim or Not to Trim?
- 11 Beautiful Braids
- 12 Hair clips and ties
- 13 Stress of Hair Dyes
- 14 Hair Serums
- 15 Poor Nutrition
- 16 Top 3 Benefits of a Healthy Straight Hair:
Don’ts: Apply the shampoo on your hair while under the shower.
Do’s: Rinse your hair thoroughly to wash down some of the hair dirt and oil. This will also ensure that your hair is completely wet to easily absorb the shampoo evenly ensuring all the scalp areas and hair strands are properly covered.
How much Shampoo should we use?
Don’ts: Whatever the amount of Shampoo is, it doesn’t matter. It does the same job.
Do’s: The amount of shampoo depends on the length of your hair and the activities you had or you will go through during the day. For short and shoulder length hair, a size of a quarter should be enough, while for longer hair try to double the quarter size or more. You may also need to use more shampoo after a physical activity to remove build up oil and dirt more effectively. Just a tip, for an even shampoo distribution, you can dissolve the shampoo in a cup of water and pour it evenly over your scalp.
Wet Hair is Weak Hair
Don’ts: Comb and style your hair while it is still wet to save time.
Do’s: Combing or styling your hair when it is still wet can either damage or cause breakage as well as hair fall. Before you comb and style your hair ensure that it is at least 90 percent dry. Using a hair towel gently presses your hair strands to remove the excess water, do not rub them with the towel as this may lead to stubborn tangles and cause breakage as well. After your hair is almost out of excess water you can now use a blow dryer. When using the blow dryer, allow a safe distance ensuring that it is not too close to burn your hair. Blow dries your hair in repeated sideways motion and tries to avoid stopping at one spot. If you don’t have a blow dryer, letting your hair dry naturally is better.
The Art of Combing
Don’ts: Comb starting from the top of the head down to the tips, vigorously.
Do’s: Another habit which we usually think is not important. We usually comb from the top down but this only causes tangled and broken hair strands. When combing, especially for those with long hair, we should start from the bottom, then from the mid part and the last is from our scalp down to the hair tips.
Hair Comb or Hair Brush?
Don’ts: Whichever works is fine. Sharing them is fine too.
Do’s: Choosing the right comb for your hair type can lessen hair damage and breakage. For women with long thick hair, it is advisable to use a wide tooth comb instead. Due to the length of the hair and thickness, wide tooth hair comb helps avoid tangles and split ends due to breakage. It allows the long hair strands pass through in between the comb’s teeth smoothly and easily. As for the short hair length, a soft hair brush is advisable to use as shorter lengths has less possibility of tangling. Fine tooth comb is for the shortest hair type and it is generally recommended for men. Combing or brushing your hair regularly can also help massage your scalp and nourish the hair roots preventing hair fall. Always clean your hair comb or hair brush and if possible try to have your own for your personal use to avoid hair problems such as lice.
Flat Iron Burns
Don’ts: To achieve fast straight hair, turn the flat iron temperature to high heat.
Do’s: If you frequently use a hair flat iron to straighten your hair and achieve a shiny, sleek look, be careful of the temperature. It may be too high which can cause your hair to be brittle and frizzy. It will be harder or expensive to restore it back to its original health. Try to start with a moderate temperature and see if the temp is enough to achieve the look you want. If ironing your hair is not necessary, it is better to let the natural state of your hair stay for the day.
Don’ts: Going out without hair sun protection is okay since hair does not get sunburned anyway.
Do’s: We use lotion with UV protection for our skin, why not for our hair? Our hair also needs equal protection from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Either your hair is color treated or natural, both hair types should have hair protection. Look for hair sunscreen products with natural or plant based contents as much as possible. You can also make your own at home.
To make a simple homemade hair sunscreen:
- Boil 2-3 clusters of rose petals in 4-5 cups of water. Remove from heat and allow it to cool down.
- In an empty spray bottle, pour about 200 ml rose water and add a few drops of grape seed oil. Shake well. Refrigerate for a few minutes and spray it on your hair before going out.
- You can use this hair sunscreen protection daily, even if you are staying indoors.
The ugly truth about Hair Extensions
Don’ts: Try fuse-in hair extensions for fuller and longer hair.
Do’s: Getting hair extensions is the easiest way to get thicker, longer straight hair. However, try to avoid fused-in hair extensions as this procedure can break the hair strands. The hair extensions are glued to at least 5 strands of hair and it will be prone to tangling and hair breakage. Try the clip in hair extensions instead. This hair extension has less to zero hair damage risk and can be worn and removed easily.
To Trim or Not to Trim?
Don’ts: Letting your hair untrimmed for it to grow faster.
Do’s: Your hair needs to be trimmed once in a while to remove the split ends and broken hair strands. Letting your hair grow without trimming can worsen the split ends and create more hair damage. If you frequently curl or strengthen your hair, the more that you need to have trimmings done. Trimming 1-2 inches of your hairs recommended to remove all the damaged ends.
Don’ts: Braids are prettier when done tightly.
Do’s: Hair braids are not bad once in a while as long as it is not too tight. Pulling your hair strands too much can weaken the hair roots and cause hair fall. There are plenty of hair braid styles that do not need too much hair pulling. However, if you want to keep your hair straight, you can go for semi half braid or side braids hairstyles.
Hair clips and ties
Don’ts: Buy the ones which are close-fitting to get a tighter grip of your hair.
Do’s: No matter how lovely hair clips and ties look, they can also cause hair damage. Most of these have clips are too tight and can cause strands to be caught in between and break. Frequent use of hair ties leaves a permanent wave on the hair strands which take a while to revert back. You can try no-crease hair ties or ties made from soft cloth instead of the rubber or telephone wire. When it’s not necessary to tie your hair, let it down, allowing it to breathe and regain its original form.
Stress of Hair Dyes
Don’ts: You can color your hair as frequently as you want because hair dyes are safe.
Do’s: Frequent hair coloring can cause irreparable hair damage like dry, brittle and frizzy hair. Although, hair dyes are generally promoted safe, repeated coloring can take a toll on your hair. All hair dyes have two common ingredients and these are the Hydrogen Peroxide and Ammonia. Hydrogen Peroxide or known as the oxidizing agent varies in forms and volume depending on the brand. It is responsible for the process of hair coloring and creation of long lasting color. However, it also removes the sulfur from the hair, which in effect causes hair to become dry and brittle. Meanwhile, Ammonia, the one responsible for the lightening factor, penetrates to the hair roots causing the pores to widen and hair to loosen its grip causing hair loss. If you love hair coloring, allow 6 to 7 weeks before you try another hair color.
Don’ts: Apply it on the scalp and hair every time you need it.
Do’s: Hair serums are made to be applied on the hair strands for a straight and shiny look. Applying it on the scalp can add more oil from your scalp already produces its natural oil. It could also irritate the scalp’s skin and may hinder hair growth. It should also be applied on a clean hair. Applying it on an unwashed hair can increase oiliness and build more dirt. The amount of hair serum is also based on the length and thickness of your hair. Work a pea sized amount on your palm and gently apply onto the body of your hair. Check your hair if this amount can do the trick otherwise applies a bit more. If the ingredients of the hair serum don’t sit well on you then you can definitely make one at home.
To make a simple homemade hair serum you will need:
- 1 cup of distilled water
- 2 tablespoons of dried Nettle leaves
- 2 tablespoons horsetail leaves
- 2 tablespoons natural Aloe Vera
- 10 drops of Clary Sage Essential Oil
- 10 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil
- 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- Spray Bottle
- Boil the distilled water and add the dried Nettle leaves and horsetail leaves. Let it cool for 10 minutes.
- Filter the herbs and pour the liquid in a spray bottle.
- Add the Aloe Vera and all the essential oils. Shake well.
- Store in the fridge. This serum can last up to 3 months.
Don’ts: Eat whichever is easily available like soda and fast food.
Do’s: The food you consume also plays a big role. Hair loss is often associated with lack of protein, vitamins and minerals. Crash diets and diets with less or no protein are also linked to hair loss problems. If you want to take care of your hair inside-out, then your meals should have high protein, vitamins and minerals.
The following list of foods gives us an idea on what to eat and what to avoid. Some of the foods best for healthy hair are:
Sources of Vitamin C for better Iron absorption:
- Citrus Fruits like Tangerines and Oranges
- Black Currant
- Red and Green Pepper
Protein Rich Foods which promotes blood flow to scalp and also enhances hair growth
- Greek Yogurt
- Lean Meat (Chicken, Fish, lean pork loin, grass fed beef)
Good source of Iron for strong hair roots and better hair growth:
- Baked potatoes
- Beans and Lentils
- Dark Leafy Vegetables
- Whole Grains
Source of Vitamin A for a shiny hair and to boost hair growth:
- Sweet potatoes
- Winter Squash
Source of Vitamin E for healthy hair follicles:
- Almond butter
Source of Omega 3 fatty acids for hair nourishment and thickening:
- Fish and Seafood (salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines and herring)
- Nuts and Seeds
- Plant oils (soybean oil, canola oil or flaxseed oil)
Some of the foods/drinks to avoid that are linked to poor hair health:
- Diet Soda
- Fast Food
- Starchy White
Top 3 Benefits of a Healthy Straight Hair:
- Easy to maintain – You just need to basically wash it properly and let it dry. No need for too much routine.
- Best for working women – Since working women won’t have time to set their hair, straight hair is best for less effort and time efficiency.
- Endless hairstyles – You will not be out of hairstyles for straight hair. It is very workable and easy to set. For a classic and sophisticated look you can go for a Sleek Ponytail, or Knotty Knot, or the Side ponytail, or half up. For a little kick you can try Spiked Twirl or Edgy Twist. For a casual hairstyle you can try puff tied up mid ponytail.
In conclusion, we just need to do a little tweak to some of our existing daily routine, avoid bad habits and eat nutritious food to eventually achieve natural beautiful straight hair. And if we do this daily, we will be able to turn bad habits into good ones with almost less effort. Beautiful, straight hair is not just a dream anymore.