When deciding you want to straight hair, you can do so without the use of a relaxer. A hair relaxer chemically replaces the hair structure. There are two kind of relaxers, lye and no-lye. Lye offers a quicker results for your hair but can be harsher than no-lye relaxers. No-lye relaxers are less harsh and easier on the scalp. However, you will need to use a decalcifying shampoo to remove the relaxer thoroughly.
Straight hair is the perfect go to style for the fall and winter seasons. Without humidity and water in the air, your natural hair can hold the style for a longer amount of time. However, if you use excessive heat to style your hair, you can end up damaging your hair and making it more prone to breakage.
Fortunately, there are some other techniques for encouraging wavy or curly hair to straighten out naturally, without using chemicals or heat. Although you won’t get the bone-straight look as you would with a flat iron, you can still achieve a straight look with more volume. Checkout our Kinky Straight Solutions listed here.
Brush Wet Hair Until It Dries
After wetting your hair, let it air dry fully, but continue to brush or comb through it every five minutes. Pull out and grip each part of hair for a few seconds to encourage it to straighten out. You can also perform this in front of a fan, which is quicker, but requires quicker brushing.
Wrap Wet Hair Tightly
When your hair is wet fresh from a wash, you’ll want to divide it down the center to start the wrapping process. Come the left part all the way over to the right and use the wrap the left part around the back of your head following on direction. Use bobby pins to secure the hair style. Let air dry. You can leave this in over night wrapping your hair in a silk or satin scarf to minimize frizz.
Roll Your Hair
Using big rollers, those as large as soda cans, can help straighten out your hair and secure they tightly to your head. It is important to let this style fully dry as any moisture can make the curls come right back.
Set With Rubber Bands
When hair is damp, separate into one or two ponytails. Start with applying a rubber band at the root and then add a rubber band down your hair every quarter of an inch. Ensure the bands are not applied tightly so you can minimize the appearance of small rings around your hair. Sleep over night with a silk or satin cap and remove the bands in the morning.
Twist Into A Bun
If you have thinner, more straighter wavy curls, you may be able to straighten your hair with it twisted into a bun. You’ll want to start with wet hair and twist it into a rope like shape. Wrap the two strands tight against the base of your ponytail and fasten with bobby pins. Let air dry, then brush out.
Apply a Straightening Mask
Mix one cup of full milk or coconut milk with one tbsp of honey and let it soak into your scalp and hair one hour before washing. It will help soften your hair and make it easier to take to the heat-free styling techniques above.
You can also add one egg to the mixture above and leave it in your hair with a plastic cap for 30 minutes before rinsing out. Be sure to use cool water so you don’t cook the egg in your hair.
A recipe from Glamrs advises using a straightening mask twice a week for two months in order to straighten and relax your hair naturally. Their recipe includes: 1 cup coconut milk, 2 tbsp olive oil, 5-6 tbsp lemon juice, 3 tbsp cornstarch. Combine at a warm to low temperature and stir until thoroughly mixed. Chill, and then apply to hair and leave-in for 30 minutes, then rinse.
The caramel treatment is one of the most general and perfect techniques of softening naturally curly hair. Apart from softening, it also is absorbed by the shaft of the hair and stretches out the kinks. Your hair will be simple to detangle and easier to manage. This treatment has to be reapplied every four weeks because the effect begins wearing off at this time. You can simply make your own caramel treatment at house by following an easy recipe. The ingredients are:
- ¼ cup of olive oil
- ¼ cup of Blackstrap molasses
- One teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
- Three jars of banana baby food
- ¼ cup of honey
Combine the ingredients in a blender until the mixture is smooth. Then apply it to your hair as you would a relaxer, using a dying brush to apply the mixture to the roots and then working down to the ends. Keep in your hair for 30 minutes with a shower cap. You can leave it overnight to for a deeper condition. You can refrigerate the remaining mixture and use for a later treatment.
Coconut milk treatment
The coconut milk treatment is the best technique that you can use to make your hair naturally soft and easier to manage. This mixture can be easily made with ingredients you already have at home. This milk treatment needs the following items.
- Four tablespoons of plain organic yogurt
- Two tablespoons of coconut oil
- Two tablespoons of honey
- One can of coconut milk
- One lime juice
Keep the cornstarch aside and combine the remaining ingredients fully in a bowl. Gradually add the cornstarch until you create a thick mixture. Leave-in your hair for 30 minutes and then rinse.w
The methods described above are very perfect for softening to prepare it for a no-heat straight style. It is important to not only pre-treat your hair before you style it straight with no heat. Be sure to keep your hair oiled and your strands moisturized to keep the style longer. Try to embrace a more voluminous straight look and avoid using heat tools. Your hair will thank you. Interested in wearing a protective style instead. Be sure to visit our BLOG.