Did you know that straight hair – natural or chemically straightened – requires specific care? This is because the structure of the strands is completely different and, normally, chemically straightened hair is more fragile and loses essential elements for its structure.
Naturally straight hair, on the other hand, tends to be silky and its texture can vary between fine, medium and coarse, where the oil can travel the length of the strand to the ends without difficulty. So, although apparently the same, these two types of hair require different treatments, but always with the aim of keeping them healthy and beautiful.
Although natural straight hair seems to be easier to care for, without the right habits it can end up looking weak and lifeless. With this in mind, Paula Breder, creator of the PB philosophy and founder of a phytocosmetics brand, listed some specific care tips for straight, chemical-free hair.
Care When Washing
One of the peculiarities of naturally straight hair is excess oiliness, because the straight structure of the hair fiber makes it easy for the oil present in the scalp to run down the length of the hair to the ends, often leaving the hair looking greasy and, consequently, heavier. This is not the case, for example, with wavy, curly or frizzy hair.
As this type of hair tends to get oily more easily, it may need shampoos and products with sebum-regulating agents. You also need to be careful about using too many products such as conditioners, synthetic oils, leave-ins and pomades. To avoid excessive oiliness, use a small amount and only on the lengths and ends.
Use A Hair Mask Weekly
Moisturizing straight hair is essential to keep it healthy, loose and well aligned, as well as protecting it when it is exposed to daily aggressions such as sun, wind, rain and pollution.
The idea is to include hydration in your hair care routine once a week, but if you feel that your hair needs extra strength, increase the frequency. Choose moisturizing masks specific to your hair type, designed to meet the real needs of your hair fiber, so you will have all the benefits of the product.
Be careful with heat tools
Let your hair dry naturally, or use a hairdryer on a low heat setting. Straight hair tends to need less heat tools, so use this to your advantage. Avoid frizz and split ends
Frizz and split ends are recurring problems in those with straight hair and tend to be quite annoying, as they become more visible. Coincidentally, most of the time, both negative effects are caused by excessive use of heat, such as hairdryers, straighteners and curling irons, as well as daily exposure to pollution, sun and wind.
To avoid all this, you should use cold-pressed vegetable oils, as they protect your hair from damaging weather conditions. And of course, always keep the cut up to date, trimming is a healthy habit to adopt.
So, what care do you need to take with your naturally straight hair?