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by Nicole Har­mon of HairLiberty.org

Sum­mer is approach­ing and for many nat­u­rals, that means switch­ing it up and try­ing out new styles. Straight­ened styles are an option but because heat styling should be used at a min­i­mum, it’s impor­tant to get as much wear out of them as pos­si­ble. Here are 4 ways to make your straight­ened styles last longer:

1. Use products that promise humidity protection

The hair at your roots is usu­al­ly the first to revert back to curly because it absorbs the most mois­ture when­ev­er you sweat, take a hot show­er, or go out­side in humid weath­er. Back in the day, all we had was grease, but now hair care com­pa­nies make “humid­i­ty pro­tec­tion” and “anti-frizz” prod­ucts that pre­vent rever­sion by cov­er­ing your hair with a light­weight pro­tec­tive film. To prep your hair for straight­en­ing, sham­poo, deep con­di­tion, apply a leave-in con­di­tion­er and then a styling cream or foam that promis­es to “block humid­i­ty” or keep your hair “frizz-free”. Try Hair Rules Blow Out Your Kinks or Liv­ing Proof Straight Styling Cream.

2. Choose a “flexible” hold hair spray or skip it

A good hair spray can lock your hair in place bet­ter than any oth­er pro­duct, but you don’t want it to be too stiff or sticky. Choose a hair spray that says “flex­i­ble”, “work­able”, or “nat­u­ral” hold like Nexxus Comb Thru. Always spray from as far away as pos­si­ble for the best results. To get the most days out of your straight hair, skip hair spray alto­geth­er.

3. Protect your hair from shower steam using a moisture-wicking headband and a shower cap

You’ll def­i­nite­ly wear a show­er cap in the show­er, but your hair may still revert from the steam. Keep your hair­line away from the water by putting on a mois­ture-wick­ing head­band. The microfiber in the head­band will absorb mois­ture and trap it between the threads of fab­ric. Put on the head­band, then the show­er cap, and keep your show­er short.

4. Wrap or pin curl your hair at night and tie on a scarf

Your straight hair will last longer if your strands aren’t allowed to rub up again­st each oth­er while you sleep. If your roots usu­al­ly revert quick­ly, take the time to pin curl your hair at night after apply­ing a very small amount of mois­tur­iz­er or serum to each sec­tion. Tie on a sat­in or silk scarf to keep your hair in place and your edges smooth. You can get away with less bed­time prep, but the bet­ter your hair is pro­tect­ed at night, the bet­ter it will look the next day.

Fol­low­ing the­se tips can make your straight hair last for weeks, but that’s a long time to go with­out wash­ing your hair. If your scalp starts to get itchy, it’s beg­ging to be sham­pooed and con­di­tioned. You can buy your­self a few extra days by blot­ting excess oil from your scalp with an alco­hol-free ton­er or a mix­ture of 1/8 cup aloe vera gel and 3 drops of tea tree oil. To keep your hair healthy with min­i­mal break­age, it’s best to sham­poo and con­di­tion at least once a week.

Nicole Har­mon is a Cos­met­ic Chemist and the Founder of HairLiberty.org.  She has received rave reviews for her sem­i­nars on eth­nic hair edu­ca­tion and sci­ence. She’s on a mis­sion to help the Pro­duct Junkies of the world save MONEY, sort through mar­ket­ing HYPE and buy SMARTER!

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37 Comments on "4 Ways to Make Straightened Natural Hair Last Longer"

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Ebony

Hey :) , I’m doing that Tomm­row (blow out and steam­er) actu­al­ly I brought QP heat pro­tec­tant spray it’s real­ly light­weight . But before I go to bed I will grab a dime size amount of grape­seed oil at night and wrap it with a sat­in scarf. I sug­gest wide tooth combs to keep the boun­cy look I’m in NYC do the weath­er is ok . Hope it last 2 weeks

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Angel Christian

Very nice ways to make straight­ened nat­u­ral hair last longer.i like it its so easy and sim­ple.

Evy

Your straight hair will last longer if your strands aren’t allowed to rub up again­st each oth­er while you sleep.there are nice ways to make straight­ened nat­u­ral hair last longer.

Stella

The best way to use a nature­al prod­ucts to get the straight hair nat­u­ral­ly.

Emiley

There is a very sim­ple ways you give to make straight hair with nat­u­ral way and i also prefer nat­u­ral prod­ucts for this.

Rosie

If your roots usu­al­ly revert quick­ly, take the time to pin curl your hair at night after apply­ing a very small amount of mois­tur­iz­er or serum to each sec­tion.

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Thanks, this infor­ma­tion is very use­ful! On my way to get my hair pressed out!

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