Long straight locks are pushing their way back into the beauty trend scene. This style is great for 2nd day hair, since a little natural scalp oil keeps hair straight and sleek.
Whether you’re after a sleek, shiny veil of hair, or creating extreme and interesting texture, you’ve got to prepare the hair and use effective products and tools. You’ll get the best results if your hair is medium to thick. If your hair is already fragile from chemical processing or just baby fine, this process is better avoided.
The plates of a flat iron, like any iron produce intense heat that can cause brittleness, dryness and breakage on even the healthiest hair if overused. You’re best to make it an occasional pleasure. Successfully straightening hair begins long before you plug in the flat iron. As with any hair styling endeavor, knowing your hair is key.
Here’s the products we recommend (and use ourselves!) to achieve beautiful straight hair:
I thought I had a really good hair straightener… and then I tried the Infiniti Nano Silver by Conair™ Tourmaline Ceramic™ 1¾” Straightener. It was completely different than the other two hair straighteners I tried previously. It styled my hair easily and faster then the others. And it left my hair shiny and soft instead of totally fried-looking. I highly recommend it!
Price: Was $95.99 Now $69.99
Alterna’s Hemp Seed Straightening Balm is a powerful gel formula that effectively straightens both wavy and extremely curly hair. Infused with our patented ultra-hydrating hemp seed oil* and a nutrient-activating enzymetheraphy® complex Alterna’s Hemp Seed Straightening Balm tames frizzies, adds moisture and primes hair for thermostyling. Maximum levels of an advanced copolymer provide strong, long-lasting straightening power and humidity resistance. This is one of my favorite straighteners because it’s natural AND it works really well!
Discounts: $10 off $60 at Beauty.com!
What: Sleek.look by Matrix
Price: $15.00 – $18.00 each
What: FHI Paddle Brush
I use the Paddle brush for de-tangling my hair after I get out of the shower. Or for brushing my hair out of it’s style before I get into the shower to begin again. It’s also great for creating straight styles without all the poofy nonsense. It works really good to blow-dry hair into a straight style and if you have long hair, you’re gonna love this one! My hair was down to my lower back while I was pregnant and this brush would have been a godsend. I can’t use it now with my new hairstyle though… Stay tuned to find out what it is!
Tips and tricks for fall from renowned stylist Guy Riggio
Sleek Flat Ironed Hair—“To get this look, start by blow drying using a small amount of your favorite relaxing cream,” Riggio recommends. “If hair is too stubborn to go straight, use a brush that is part plastic and part boar bristle. A ceramic flat iron is the best choice for straightening, as it’s very forgiving on the hair. After ironing, use a light application of your favorite glossing drops as a finishing touch.”
Stay tuned for more Fall 2008 and Winter 2009 trends…
- Fall 2008 & Winter 2009 Hair Trends
- Fall 2008 Trends: The Bob Hairstyle
- Fall 2008 Trends: Bangs And Fringe
- Fall 2008 Trends: Straight Hair
- Fall 2008 Trends: Short Hairstyles
- Fall 2008 Trends: Wavy & Curly Hairstyles
- Hair Trends For Fall, Holiday & Winter 2008-2009
Source: Style Hair Magazine