Sleek hair is healthy, glossy, frizz-free hair. When you want to wear your hair straight for the day or a night out, it may look low maintenance; however, having straight, sleek hair requires some attention. Straight hair looks best when it’s smooth and sleek, so to prevent your hair from looking dull, you’ll have to prevent it from frizzing.
When you think of frizz, usually, what comes to mind is dry, unruly curls or waves. But frizz can be a nuisance for straight hair, too. So, why is your hair so frizzy? Dryness, damage, heat styling, and excessive brushing can lead to too much poof.
Luckily, you don’t have to live with the frizz. Here’s how to tame your frizzy straight hair and get the sleek, smooth look you crave.
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Why is My Straight Hair Frizzy?
Frizz can happen to straight hair if it’s dry or damaged from too much heat-styling, bleaching, and dyeing. Chemical processing and heat-styling burn the hair’s cuticle, causing your would-be sleek locks to appear puffy, kinky, and even straw-like. Too much friction from brushing and vigorous towel-drying can also ruffle the cuticle, creating unsightly frizz.
How Do I Repair My Frizzy Straight Hair?
If your once straight, smooth locks are now a dry, frizzy mess, here are some things you can do:
- Don’t overwash. Unless your hair gets oily very quickly, washing your hair every couple of days is often enough. On days when you skip the shampoo, use conditioner to keep your locks fresh and hydrated.
- Use dry shampoo. If you experience oil on days when you don’t use shampoo, use dry shampoo to refresh your hair by absorbing the excess oil while keeping your hair hydrated.
- Use a shampoo and conditioner for straight hair. Select a frizz-fighting and straightening shampoo and softening conditioner formulated to keep hair smooth and sleek.
- Use a leave-in conditioner. Liberally spray a leave-in conditioner on damp hair to smooth the cuticle, seal in moisture, and create a barrier against frizz.
- Be smart with the flat iron. Flat irons can help tame split ends and flyaways, giving you a smooth, sleek style. However, too much heat can burn your hair’s cuticle. Set your flat iron to its lowest heat setting, below 300 degrees if possible. Always use a flat iron spray to create a barrier against heat damage and lock in moisture for softer, shinier locks.
- Protect your style with hairspray. Combat humidity and keep your strands straight all day with a frizz-fighting hairspray. If your frizz is harder to tame, a strong hold hairspray may work even better.
- Bring a secret weapon against frizz. Flatten flyaways and leave your mane silky, shiny, and polished by applying a little touch up cream or smoothening spray whenever frizz strikes.
How Do I Prevent Frizzy Straight Hair?
1. Get regular trims. Keep hair healthy and eliminate breakage and split ends by getting a haircut every 4-6 weeks.
2. Avoid brushing dry hair. Use a wide-toothed comb after showering, and work your way up from the ends to minimize breakage. If you absolutely must detangle dry hair, use a natural boar bristle brush and spritz on a little frizz-controlling hair spray.
3. Towel dry gently. Vigorous rubbing with a rough cotton towel can damage the hair’s cuticle. Instead, gently squeeze out excess moisture with a soft cotton t-shirt or a microfiber towel.
4. Switch to a silk pillowcase. Regular cotton sheets can pull at the hair strands, resulting in a frizzy, tangled mess in the morning. Silk pillowcases reduce friction and help to tame frizz.
5. Avoid scorching your hair with hot water. Hot water during your shower can harm delicate strands. When you shower, rinse with lukewarm or cold water to seal the hair’s cuticle and retain moisture.
6. Deep-condition weekly. Use a repairing hair mask formulated with avocado oil to keep your hair hydrated and frizz at bay.