7 Natural Ways To Straighten Your Hair At Home - The Fab Flip
" Life isn't perfect but your hair can be !"
In today’s era, straight hair is a dream for each one of us. Whether men or women all yearn for that straight and silky smooth hair. Some are blessed with naturally straight hair while others get it done artificially.
Frizzy, damaged, and dry hair is an absolute NO-NO! It lets down one’s personality and looks. Having smooth silky and manageable hair not only boosts your confidence but also gives you the benefits of easy styling and maintenance.
However, the problem arises when you use heating tools and chemical treatments to straighten your hair. Though it gives us instant and quite long-lasting results, it’s detrimental to our hair over time. Many of you must have had the experience of hair fall,dry and frizzy hair after 7-8 months of getting it straightened. Still you go back to the salons, spend a huge amount, and get it redone. Why??
It’s time to realize how much damage you have already done to your hair! Having healthy and strong hair is much more important than artificially straightened hair. Fortunately , now you have some natural ways to get that silky and smooth hair without using heat or chemicals. These natural remedies work for both men and women.
Hence, for those curly or wavy hair people who constantly wish to achieve the straight locks so that they can try different styles and easily manage them can go and attempt these natural methods before putting themselves in a salon chair!
How to get straight and smooth hair naturally?
Before jumping into the remedies I just want to make some disclaimers. Since these are natural treatments you need to be constant and regular in order to get the best results. Without patience, it will be futile.Another most important things are that these methods won’t give you the pin-straight look as you get from the salon treatments. But you will definitely have healthier hair that’s smooth, silky, and manageable.
Hair masks are the key to achieving straight and silky hair.It makes your hair and scalp more healthy and strong.I have already written an article on the Best hair masks to reduce hair fall and frizziness. You can check it out to boost your hair growth and prevent hair fall.
1.Coconut milk & Lemon Mask -
Coconut milk boosts your hair growth by providing all essential nutrients to your hair. It also helps in providing shine and smoothness to your hair. On the other hand, lemon increases collagen production, cleans your scalp and unclog the hair follicles.
1 cup of coconut milk
3 tbsp of lemon juice
2 tbsp of olive/coconut oil
2 tbsp of cornstarch
Take a bowl and combine coconut milk and lemon juice,Mix them well.
Now refrigerate it overnight.
The next morning add in the cornstarch and coconut/olive oil to it.
Mix well and then apply the mixture to your hair from roots to tips.
Leave it on for about 30 mins.
Wash it off with a mild shampoo and cool water.
How often -
Use this remedy once a week regularly for the best results.
You can avoid cornstarch and coconut oil and just apply the refrigerated ( coconut milk & lemon juice) mixture directly to your hair. This also provides similar results.
2. Rice hair mask -
From centuries its believed that rice can make your hair strong, shiny, and smooth.Due to the presence of amino acids it helps in faster hair growth and regeneration.
Cornstarch help in soaking excess fat/oil from your hair making in more smooth and silky.It makes your hair dry yet moisturized. It's also a great scalp exfoliate.
Coconut oil/ olive oil helps in nourishing and promoting hair growth.
4 tbsp of rice ( white rice or brown rice )
2 cups of water
1 tbsp of cornstarch
1 tbsp of coconut milk
1-2 spoon of coconut/olive oil
Add the rice in a cooking pot/pan along with 2 cups of water.
Boil the rice until it absorbs all the water.
Now switch off the flame and let it cool completely.
Transfer the cooked rice into a blender and grind it to a smooth paste.
Now add 1 tbsp of cornstarch and blend again.
Then add 1 tbsp of coconut milk and blend it.
Finally, add 1-2 tsp of olive or coconut oil and blend it completely until we get a very smooth creamy texture.
How to use -
Make sure your hair is clean and damp. Detangle it for better application.
Now, partition your hair into small sections and start applying the mixture from scalp to roots.
Give a downward massage to your hair sections while applying the mask.
Finally, tie up your whole hair and cover it with a shower cap.
Leave it for at least 2-3 hours and wash it off with plain normal water.
Wash until the water comes out clean.
Now use a mild regular shampoo to wash your hair again.
Let it air dry completely.
You can use a wide-tooth comb to gently comb your hair when it's damp. Remember, you should be very gentle while doing this.
How often -
Do it once a week to get best results.
3.Milk and lemon mask -
Milk is a natural hair straightener as it contains casein and whey proteins. This strengthens and smoothen the hair and helps in reducing dry and damaged hair strands.
¼ cup of raw milk
1 tbsp lemon juice
Combine the raw milk and lemon juice in a bowl. Mix them well.
Now take a clean spray bottle and pour the mixture into it.
Shake the mixture well.
How to use -
Make sure your hair is detangled and clean.
Now separate the hair into small sections and spray the mixture onto them.
Massage the mixture in a downward direction from roots to tips so that it penetrates well into the hair strands.
Let it sit for 40-50 mins
Rinse off with cool water and a mild shampoo.
How often -
If you have dry hair use this once a week else use it twice a week if you have oily hair and scalp.
4. Aloe Vera & Coconut oil Mask -
Aloe Vera is a great conditioner for your hair. It instantly makes it smooth and shiny. It also promotes hair growth, prevents itchy scalp, and reduces dandruff.
¼ cup Coconut Oil/Olive Oil
¼ cup Aloe Vera Gel
1 tsp of lemon juice
Warm-up ¼ cup of coconut or olive oil in a bowl.
Add the Aloe Vera gel ( Fresh preferably) to the oil and mix well.
Now add 1 tsp of lemon juice. This step is optional.
The mask is ready.
How to Use -
Separate the hair into small sections and apply the mask all over your hair.
Massage the mixture to the hair strands while applying.
Leave it for about 50 mins
Rinse it off with cool water and mild shampoo.
How often -
Once a week would be good enough for the best results.
Other Alternative Methods To Straighten You Hair -
In addition to the hair mask treatments, you can also incorporate some other alternatives to enhance your straightening effects. Practicing the below methods individually can only give you short term results( Maybe for 2-3 hrs). But if you combine it with the above treatments, you may have better and long-lasting results. All these methods are suitable for both men and women. Hence anyone can try these out.
#Tip 1 : Combing Damp Hair -
It's very much true that combing wet hair can cause more hair fall.But here we would be discussing about the ways we should comb a damp hair to make it straight and silky.
After you rinse your hair towel dry it properly.
You should not rub or squeeze water from it using a towel. Instead, just pat dry or run your towel gently through your hair to absorb all the water content.
Let it air dry for a few minutes. Once your hair is 60% dry detangle it using your fingers or a wide-tooth comb.
Now partition the hair into small sections and slowly comb it from roots to the ends.
Do not put excessive pressure on the roots. Be Gentle with your hair strands.
Repeat it for all the sectioned hair stands. Leave it as it is.
Now let it air dry completely.
You will notice a huge difference in your hair texture. Do not practice this method regularly. Do it when you feel your hair requires a touch-up!
# Tip 2 : Wrapping your Hair Before Bed -
Sounds very unconventional right? But trust me it works.You need to do this on your clean and damp hair before going to bed.
Center partition your hair and then divide it into a small section.
Take a small section from the right side and comb it well.
Now bring it across the forehead to the left side. Secure with some bobby pins.
Now take a section from the left and bring it over to the right-hand side.
Repeat the steps for all sectioned hair and finally tie up the unpinned hair to a bun.
Wrap your head with a silk or cotton cloth. Secure with some pins if required.
Go to sleep and wake up with straight and voluminous hair !!
# Tip 3 : Apple Cider Vinegar -
Apple cider vinegar balances your hair and scalp's pH. It flattens and closes the hair cuticles by lowering the pH level. This makes your hair smoother and shinier. It also reduces frizziness and breakage of hair strands.
Take 1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar and add 1 cup of water to dilute it.
Mix well and transfer it to a spray bottle.
Now after you shampoo and condition, spray the mixture to every inch of your hair.
Run your fingers through the hair strands to straighten it out.
Let it sit for 2-3 mins.
Now just pour 1-2 cup ( maximum) of water onto your hair.
Towel dry gently.
You can use this method on every alternate day to achieve and maintain a shiny, smooth hair texture instantly.
Now you must be excited enough to try these out. But before that let me remind you these cannot be permanent hair straightening methods. You can only get a smooth, straight silky hair texture temporarily. But practicing these methods constantly and regularly will definitely make quite good changes to your hair.