Long-lasting treatments for straight hair
Professional permanent straightening:
This is a chemical process that permanently alters the hair structure. It changes the protein bonds in the hair. The results can last for several months depending on the chemicals used. However, the new hair that grows would be the person’s original hair type and texture because it is not possible to change the genetics of hair.
Several chemical hair relaxant kits can be used to loosen the curls and straighten hair. Some products may provide results that last a few months, while others may last longer.
Semi-permanent hair straightening:
Keratin hair treatment, Brazilian blowouts, and other semi-permanent hair straightening treatments can help straighten hair. They are usually done by professionals at salons. The results last 3-5 months.
Temporary ways to straighten hair
Temporary ways include:
Blow drying by blasting hot or cold (less damaging) air on the hair using a round or flat brush. This can take time and requires one to master the technique to get perfectly straight hair. The results last till the next hair wash.
Using hair care products meant to straighten hair:
There are shampoos, conditioners, leave-in conditioning products, hair serums, and hairsprays, which aim to coat the hair strands, weighing them down, relaxing the curls, reducing frizz, and proving hydration. The results last for about a day till the next hair wash.
Applying essential oils:
Using natural oils such as coconut oil, almond oil, argan oil, or a combination of oils can help improve hair texture. They can be applied all over the scalp and hair and washed off after 30-60 minutes with shampoo and conditioner. This may be done multiple times a week. These oils help hydrate the scalp and repair the hair. It can help in hair growth, strengthening the hair and making it soft and shiny.
Hairstyling tools such as hair straighteners or curlers use heated plates made of ceramic or titanium powered by electricity to quickly straighten or curl hair. These provide the best results among all temporary hair-straightening techniques. These are easy and quick to use, resulting in instantly straight and shiny hair. The results last till the next hair wash. However, time, upon daily use, the heat can damage the hair, making it dry, brittle, and dull. Hence, care should be taken to prevent this by using shampoos, conditioners, and masks free of parabens and sulfates and heat-protecting hair products before styling, hydrating hair serums, and regular use of hair oils.