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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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Tampala Black

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

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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.

Emiley

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

Stella

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

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.

Angel Christian

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

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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

Corynne
I straighten my hair twice a year. I am currently 2 days straightened and will try to make it last til at least Thanksgiving. I usually don’t put anything on it and pin curl at night for at least the first week and a half to two weeks. My hair is very fine and if I put anything on it it will just go limp. I can usually make it last about three weeks. I will put a TINY bit of coconut oil on my ends that last week just to make it last. I do a lot of up… Read more »
Erika

Probably won’t straighten for another year but when i do I’ll have to try the dry shampoo technique a try.

LaPreghiera

I also keep my shower no hotter than luke warm, especially as hot as it is right now, I want no extra steam or humidity around when I am trying to keep hair straight.

Marybeth

perfect timing. i will definitely try these tips!

nikki

great article. I suggest rice bran oil as a heat protectant. It works wonders! Regards!

Mia
I only get professional blowouts (going tomorrow in fact) so the hard part is done already. I use a little argan oil, pin curl and scarf at night. It lasts up to two weeks even in the summer, mainly because I regularly get steam treatments. When I first went natural my hair was dry and porous so it absorbed all the moisture in the air. Not anymore. The only place I have a problem is above my temples, which I think is a combination of sleeping with my hand there (body heat) and the shower, even though I put the… Read more »
Bernadette

I’ll be celebrating 3 years of natural hair in June. I plan to straighten my hair….and was wondering how I could protect it at night! Pin curls!! Woohoo!

Gina

Where can you get a shower headband at?

Michelle @Radiant Brown Beauty

Man, I wish this were an exact science. No matter what I do after straightening my hair, when I work out the sweat takes over and it’s a wrap. It’s just as well. I prefer my hair in its natural state. I only straighten my hair once a year.

Mia

I haven’t tried it so I can’t vouch for it but check out saveyourdo.com. Nicole Ari Parker’s product which its supposed to absorb sweat.

Jazmin

My hair is straight right now, I put coconut oil on it at night and do large bantu knots! it’s beautiful in the morning.

Casha

My hair is sooo fine that I do absolutely nothing to it. My hair dresser does my hair every 2 weeks and I simply wrap it every night. I do however, have to flat iron it every day if I want a bump, but I’m going to try the pin curls now!

Sara

The Dry Bar (thedrybar.com) has a great terry cloth lined shower cap designed to extend the life of your blowout by keeping the moisture out. It sustained my blowout in rainy Vancouver for a week.

mel

ok where was this article when i had my 2 day straightened hair!!! i could feel it expand through out the day and by the begining of day 3 i had to just wash it and twist again! this gives me hope, thanks!

lisa

My hair has been relaxed for a number of years now I recently color treated it, its got some extra bounce and volume which was good but now I think its not growing anymore. I try to wrap it most night also 🙂 thnx for the info gonna try every step.

Nicole Harmon

Thanks, Julia!

Curly cuban

I straightened my hair this pat weekend. I used grapeseed oil as a heat protectant. Making my hair shiny and soft, not greasy.

Nicole Harmon

Hey Curly Cuban, thank you for sharing what works for you 🙂

Julia

Informative tips:

CuteKinks

This couldn’t have come at a better time lol. I got my hair blown out over the weekend for my graduation tomorrow but it rained today and there’s rain in the forecast tomorrow : ( lol.

Nicole Harmon

Hey CuteKinks, I’m glad you liked the article. Sounds like you might want to put some hairspray in the “emergency kit”!

Wendy

When I do straighten my hair I’ve found that putting a bit of shea butter on my hair before wrapping it at night keeps my hair from drying out to much and makes for an excellent set when I’m ready to take it down. It also seems to smooth it down, give me a bit of shine, as well as makes it last longer.

Nicole Harmon

Thanks for sharing your routine, Wendy 🙂

Maris

I will also add find yourself a great DRY shampoo! dry shampoo spray is more effective than hairspray when applied the same way- LIGHT spritz, 8inches from the head, and brush thru. It creates a thin coating that holds pincurls longer. Stylist have been using it for years to hold complicated updo styles in caucasian hair. It also works very well when applied to the middle of the head at the roots before a workout, as it’s primary function is to absorb moisture & oil!

Tovah

great info about the dry shampoo! do recommend a certain brand Maris?

Nicole Harmon

Thanks for commenting, Maris! I’m curious about the brand you use too. So many dry shampoos make dark hair look grey.

Mia

I use Tresemme and I agree that it temporarily turns hair gray but just follow the instructions. Leave it on for a few minutes and then brush it out. If my style will get messed up with a brush, I lightly rub a towel or t-shirt on the roots. Gray is gone and hair is fresh! I also bought a mini one in the trial/travel size which I keep in my purse.

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