Licensed Hair Stylist
Certified Hair Extension Artist
I know that try as you might, it can be extremely difficult to maintain the look of super straight long hair despite the hours of elaborate steps you take. In San Antonio straight hair can be extremely difficult because of the heat and humidity. But, the job can be simplified if you follow just a few basic steps I've outlined below. Of course, these are general rules of thumb that will need to be tweeked for your hair type, length and condition of hair.
- Use products that are appropriate for straight hair
- Consider smoothing treatments such as the Brazilian Blowout
- Buy a quality blow dryer
- Use your flat iron at the right temperature
- Practice, practice, practice
- Learn the "art" of wrapping your hair at night
- Use products that will help hold your straight look
- Keep your hairbrushes clean
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Your stylist can recommend products that are most appropriate for your hair if you explain the look you're shooting for. Remember, products that work well for a full head of beachy waves won't work well for the long straight hair look, so it will require an additional investment in more products. Knowing this in advance, and spending your money on the right products will end up saving you money in the long run. I've known many women who've spent much more than needed because they've had to try so many different products that didn't work well. One of the products I like for just about any type of hair is the Acai Brazilian Dry Oil by Brazilian Blowout. It nourishes and reconditions as it leaves beautiful smooth hair.
The other consideration for the long straight hair style is to take the time to practice. Don't expect to master the look in a single attempt. It's not wise to attempt the look for the first time when getting ready for a big important event. Practice until you feel comfortable with your blowout technique, using a large round hairbrush and drying in small sections until the hair is completely dry in order to get your hair smooth. A tip not to overlook: take the time to keep your hairbrushes clean. This is important when trying to create a smooth, silky-smooth look.
Then, practice more with your flat iron. If you've got thin hair, you might not want to go all the way up to the root, but if your hair is kinky, you may need to. Use the fewest number of passes on each section. It's better to keep your sections small so fewer passes of the flat iron are used. This will help prevent damage to your hair. And, use the heat setting appropriate for your type of hair. You don't want to use the high settings unless your hair is very thick or course. Start low and slowly work your way up in heat until you find the setting that works in just a few passes.
One of the things that is often overlooked is what you do with your hair at the end of the day, after you've washed your face, applied your skin care products and are getting ready to retire for the evening. I'm used to providing my San Antonio hair extension clients with instructions on home care techniques for maintaining their hair extensions, and I've personally tried dozens of methods I've heard about over the years. While braiding and buns may work for hair extensions that may be curled, it won't work well if you're going for the stick straight look.
One method I've heard about is one that my grandmother actually used in her days. Women back in the days of the beehive hair-do used variations of this method. It's simple and it works. Remember hearing of satin hair bonnets? We've all heard that satin pillowcases are the best for maintaining beautiful skin, because the satin doesn't create wrinkles like cotton pillowcases. Back in the 1920's through 1950's, silk and satin bedding was extremely popular for this reason. And, they're great for hair because they don't cause kinks, wrinkles or tangles. So what do you do with your hair?
It's fairly simple once you do it a few times. Simply wrap your hair around your head using a good smoothing brush. Use a few bobby pins to keep the wrap in place as you work your way around your head. Cover your hair in a good satin scarf or a satin head wrap (look in specialty stores for wraps that velcro close). The wraps are easy and comfortable to sleep in and in the morning your hair just needs to be let down and brushed out. Apply a bit of smoothing product if needed and you're set for the day! Many women who use this technique can go days between shampoos which is great for your hair.