So, I know I promised you guys a straight hair routine after posting my curly hair routine (check that out if you haven’t already!). I think styling my hair curly or straight takes about the same amount of time initially, but when wearing it straight I don’t worry too much about upkeep until my next wash, unlike with curly hair. Anyway, here are the deets!
My Straight Hair Routine
Anytime I plan on using heat on my hair, I know I need to clarify. I still stay away from shampoos containing sulfates. I usually use Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle to shampoo and then follow up with a very basic ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) mix to make sure my hair is squeaky clean without using detergents! My ACV mix is about 1-2 tablespoons of ACV mixed with ~1 cup of filtered water. I put this in an applicator bottle and spray it onto my hair and scalp and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing.
This step is the same as my curly hair routine, but I don’t divide my hair into sections as I’m not doing as intense of a detangling. I use Herbal Essences “Hello Hydration,”Aussie “Moist,” or Trader Joe’s “Nourish Spa” and a wide tooth comb to gently remove any knots.
If I’m straightening my hair I use one of my more high-end products to deep condition. I don’t know if it actually makes a difference but it makes me feel better! Right now I’m using It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask that I found on sale at Nordstrom Rack. I apply product LIBERALLY and sit under my hooded dryer for a minimum of 30 minutes before rinsing.
Before blow drying I section my hair off in about 8-10 sections and apply a light leave in conditioner/pre-blow dry product/heat protectant. Right now I alternate between HealthySexyHair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In ,Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream, and Aveda Brilliant Damage Control Spray. I want to emphasize that I don’t use much product when I do this, as I find I get the best end-result when I don’t use much product when flat-ironing my hair (which is the complete opposite of what I do with my curly hair!). After applying a leave-in I blow dry on high speed, medium heat. I used to use a blow-dryer with a comb attachment, but now I just use a brush to avoid the blow dryer coming into direct contact with my hair.
When I finish blow-drying I section my hair again, in roughly the same size sections as before blow drying. I then further divide each section into smaller pieces and only flat iron my hair in about 1/2 inch chunks. I use a Babybliss Nano Titanium flat iron that I love and was recommended by my hair stylist when I still lived in D.C. I’ve tried using the “chase method” (check it out on YouTube if you don’t know what I’m talking about), but I haven’t really gotten the hang of it. I usually just revert to how I’ve always flat ironed my hair, meaning that I NEVER get my hair bone straight, it always has some type of curl at the end, which is fine with me! Here are a couple pics of my straight hair…
Since I always end up with some type of curl in my hair, to preserve my hair overnight for the first few days I usually pin curl my hair. Once the curls wear themselves out I wrap it at night until I decide to wash my hair. If my ends start to feel dry I use a very light-weight oil (right now it’s Grapeseed oil) but only on the ends before tying it up at night.
Straight Hair and Working Out
I’ll be honest with you, I definitely consider the intensity of my workouts when I’ve put in all that effort to straighten my hair! For the first few days I will limit myself to yoga, weights, light cardio on the elliptical. or a routine I can do at home with a scarf on my head! After a few days I usually get over it and go back to my normal more high intensity routine and just wear my hair in a bun or a ponytail until my next wash day.
I hope this was helpful for you! If you have any questions or comments about my straight hair routine leave them below! And please comment with any new hair products you’ve been loving…I’m a product junkie.