So you Want to straighten your Hair

Straight hair does have a certain je ne sais quoi, especially if it is shiny and in good condition, or should I say in good condition and shiny.  A lot depends on how straight it is to begin with and there are many ways of getting that straight as a die look.

I am including some of the pros and cons of each way of straightening your hair to help you decide.

If you are in the market for a hair dryer take a look at Oomphed! while you are here for reviews of different types of hairdryers for different types of hair.

Hair products and hairdressing

  • Hairdressing creams may contain oily material such as petroleum jelly, mineral oil, or lanolin.
  • Silicone creams are made from dimethicone and cyclomethicone.
  • These are all oily products which work to coat the hair and prevent the individual hairs from curling up.
  • Although it is a relatively natural and effective method, just dampen the hair and style straight with a comb, what could be easier.
  • The downside is that you hair will feel greasy and attract dirt.
  • If you have thick hair it will look greasy, if you have fine hair it will weigh the hair down.
  • It will stay straight until you wash it, it may be ok for the occasional night out.

Ironing with a brush and blow dryer

  • I am calling this method ironing, it may take some skill.
  • You need to comb or brush your hair straight and blow dry at the same time.
  • It may not work at all on very curly hair, it will probably more likely turn to frizz if it is humid.
  • A good hair dryer with ceramic, ionic technology does help with this styling and it may look more natural than the first method using oily coatings.

Flat iron

  • Even more like ironing is using a flat iron to straighten your hair.
  • It can be used on any type of hair and is relatively inexepensive.
  • The downside is that it is fairly damaging so using a heat protector spray is essential.
  • It takes time and patience to get the right look.

Styling products

  • There are various types of product to help with holding the hair straight including hairsprays, gels, mousses and putties.
  • The polymer content may make the hair feel and look less natural.
  • They may be drying on the hair shaft.
  • It may take some skill to get a good straight look.
  • The effect will last until the product is washed out.

A Brazilian

  • This has to be done by a stylist, it is an expensive salon treatment.
  • If the price does not put you off perhaps the formaldehyde will.
  • Your stylist will apply a keratin protein product and use straightening irons.
  • The protein is supposed to crystalize and keep your hair straight but it will all fall apart if you wash it.
  • If you are a bit fussy about washing your hair frequently this will not work.
  • You will need to find ways of keeping it fresh or it will frizz, either or!
  • Although it may be worth it for some people (perhaps ok for oily hair), you can DIY using the above method with styling and irons.

A Japaneasy

  • Forgive the pun, this is not really easy at all, but it is the Japanese hair straightening system and maybe for people with more money than sense.
  • A stylist will apply the secret solution, use a flat iron and then a neutralizing formula to straighten the hair.
  • If after care advice is followed through your hair should stay straight for 6 months.
  • It is a harsh treatment for the hair and very expensive, you will be needing lots of conditioning.


  • A relaxer is effective and it can be done at home as well as in the salon. The solution is a caustic chemical causing a chemical reaction to make the hair straight.
  • The hair is then physically straightened and a neutralizer is used to reform the chemical bonds to change the curl to straight.
  • This will be drying and damaging and once again a good tub of salon conditioner may be a good investment, a nice big tub at that.

It seems like a relaxer is a reverse of a perm or a permanent curling product.  It appears that a lot of curly headed ladies (and gents too) may get good results from this type of treatment.  With lots of good conditioning it may be the best way of getting a fairly long lasting straight style.

For less permanent straight hair polymer styling products are great.

For a special treat or first time straightening I would recommend going to a salon and to see how they do it.  It may not be a good idea to DIY if these tools and products are all new to you.