Straightening hair without heat: Your go-to guide

Styling your hair can be a two-sided battle. On one hand, styling it with a straightener gives you a polished, sleek look in just a few minutes. It is very convenient. The problem is, overexposing your hair to hot tools is known to damage and dry it out. Is there a way to have both healthy and beautifully styled hair? As it turns out, there are several tricks that teach you how to straighten hair without heat. Heatless options vary and may give different results depending on the texture and thickness of your hair. Each method is definitely worth a try.

Are there heatless tools?

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The beauty industry is constantly evolving and creating products that aid the growth and health of your hair. You may not realize you already own some of those products. Most hair dryers come with a cooling option that allows you to dry your hair with cool air only. Using a round brush and a blow dryer set to cool, you can dry damp hair without applying any heat at all. Wide-set brushes can be used to brush your hair straight as a pin until it is completely dry. For either of these strategies, you’ll want to make sure you dry your hair as much as possible in an ultra-absorbent towel.

What about overnight options?

Before there were hair tools that could be plugged in, women achieved silky straight locks with a few different overnight setting methods. Jumbo rollers, for one, are still a popular choice. An added benefit of rollers is that they leave your hair with plenty of volume and can even add a gentle wave. Rollers do take practice, and to steer away from curls you’ll want to get the largest ones possible. You might also consider going to bed with wet hair. You can wrap your hair carefully under you and wake up with a fairly straight hairstyle.

Some women wrap their hair, which is a centuries-old trick. You’ll need a few pins and a scarf of some kind. With wet hair, comb it straight over the side of your skull and pin it firmly in place. Execute this across your head in sections, working from one side to the other. When you are done, wrap your head in the scarf and sleep on it until morning. When you unwrap and unpin, your hair should be fairly straight.

Are there products that support straighter hairstyles?

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Perhaps you don’t like messing with bins, blow dryers, or rollers. You may be interested in learning how to make hair straighter with a cream or similar product. There are countless formulas you can try. It starts with the shampoo and conditioner you use. It is best to seek out product lines advertised as “relaxers.” Outside of the shower, you can also try a leave-in conditioner, which will also soften your hair nicely. Serums and sprays will also likely help.

Keep in mind that with wet products and the like, they are designed to help relax hair and should not be considered as an absolute straightening agent. Many of these bottles will tout keratin as a key ingredient, which will help coat and weight down the strands of your hair.

As you may have deduced, using heatless methods to style your hair will be incredibly healthy in the long run. Because there are so many hair types, it is difficult to pin down a single trick that works for everyone. The best way to know what works for you is to start trying things. If you prefer using tools, grab a round brush and set your blow dryer to its cool setting. Towel dry your hair and comb it thoroughly. Try sleeping your way to straighter hair with rollers or a head wrap.

You may even peruse the aisle of your local beauty store and purchase a leave-in conditioner or relaxing shampoo to help minimize any waves. You will also find that hair is more cooperative when you don’t wash it every single day. Every two to three days is more healthy for your follicles and growth rate. Now that you have a few tricks to try, enjoy experimenting with these far healthier straightening options.

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