Steps To Perfectly Straight Hair

Achieving perfectly straight hair sometimes feel like it’s only something the experts can achieve, like they have some special magic wand that allows them to make it stay so straight.  Well, the good news is they don’t have a magic wand and you CAN achieve perfectly straight hair at home.  Seriously!  We’re sharing some of the best steps to perfectly straight hair to make this hairstyle achievable for even the at-home hairstylist, and we promise you don’t need to have attended cosmetology courses to get this look.

woman drying hair

Dry Your Hair In Sections
When it comes to achieving straight hair, experts all suggest starting by actually drying your hair straight.  Before you actually get started with drying your hair, make sure that you apply some quality hair care products to your hair.  If you use a product that’s specifically formulated to encourage straight hair, it’s even better – and there are a ton of straightening serums/lotions that are great for really helping your hair lock in the straight hair style.  The key to this is to actually dry your hair in smaller sections, starting at the nape of the neck.  You’re not just going to want to dry your hair, but also make sure that you’re drying it straight.  Using your hairdryer in a way where it’s aiming down from the roots to ends to really emphasize a straighter hairstyle.  Work your way up in small sections.  Breaking your hair up into smaller sections allows you to have more control over your hair and really get it straighter with the hair dryer and brush.

Straighten Your Hair In The Same Sections
Once you’ve dried your hair with a hair dryer in sections, and ALL of your hair is completely dry, it’s time to go over your hair (after it’s cooled from being dried) with a straightener.  The key to this part is breaking your hair up into the same sections as you did with the hair dryer.  Again, it’s a great way to have more control and ability to be able to really make sure that you get all your hair straight.  Take your time when going over your hair with the straightener and make sure that you’re using the straightener at a temperature setting that’s accommodating to your hair type.

Finishing Products
Once you’ve straightened all your hair in sections to get that gorgeous straight hair, it’s really important that you make sure that you use some finishing products to lock in that straight hairstyle.  With a straight hairstyle you don’t want to use products that are too heavy as they can weigh your hair down, but you’ll want something that’s formulated to emphasize and hold straight hairstyles.  In addition, it’s a great way to make sure that you add some moisture and hydration to your hair after all the heated hairstyling you just did between the dryer and straightener.

woman with straight hair

See?  It’s really not hard to achieve a perfectly straight hairstyle at home!  It’s just about having a few key products and tools and techniques!

All You Need to Know About Hair Texture

Woman combing her hair

When choosing a hairstyle, there isn’t a single thing more important to consider than your hair texture. Just about everyone has experienced either first hand or knows someone who has hair that is straight, wavy, curly, or frizzy/kinky. While this quad of adjectives does describe hair’s texture, these attributes are more-or-less changeable. On the contrary, understanding the attributes of your hair’s width and pattern, which are (for the most part) unchangeable, can help you truly understand your hair’s texture. No matter what shape hair holds – straight, wavy, curly, or frizzy/kinky – there is the possibility that is one of the three following widths of texture: fine, medium, or thick/coarse.

These width descriptors – fine, medium, thick/coarse – aren’t used to explain how the hair feels in your hands, rather it describes the thinness or thickness of each individual piece of hair. The standard measurement which is used to determine the width of texture is the thickness of a piece of sewing thread. If a single strand of hair is thinner than a piece of thread, then it is labeled as fine; If a strand of hair is the same width of a piece of thread, it is medium; if a strand of hair is thicker than a piece of thread then it thick/coarse.

So, what does this all mean? Well, a few things really; knowing the width of your hair can help you figure out why your hair “acts” a certain way, and knowing these common hair behaviors can help you style your hair so that it’s always looking its best.

Fine Hair
Typical behaviors of fine hair include not holding styles (i.e. curls) for very long, is easily weighed down by heavy product or too much product, often looks thin, and has a tendency to break easily. While it might not always seem like it, individuals who have “fine” hair texture actually have more hair than those with thick hair. Those with fine hair may also notice that their hair gets oilier faster than others. If you find that achieving volume is a struggle, you should try out either a texturizing powder or a dry shampoo. Both products contain ingredients that absorb oils and bond to the cuticle of the hair, giving it a temporary thickness without weighing it down like most products.

Medium Hair
Typical behaviors for medium hair include the ability to maintain style; a tendency to cover the surface area of the scalp; and it’s typically resilient to breakage. Those with medium hair will find that because their hair is less prone to breakage that it can hold just about any style. One thing that individuals with medium hair may struggle with is dehydration or dryness of the strands. To cure and prevent dry hair you should use a leave in conditioner after washing and get into the habit of using a conditioning mask on a semi-regular basis.

Thick or Coarse Hair
Typical behaviors of thick/coarse hair include a dense, full appearance; the ability to maintain styles with little hair spray; a high heat tolerance; and it is often unwilling to take to chemical hair color. Those with thick or coarse hair may never need extra-hold hairspray, but they do need some sturdy hair elastics. Unlike fine and medium hair, thick or coarse hair contains three layers: the cortex, the cuticle, and (the additional layer) the medulla. Although the medulla is filled almost entirely with air, it’s the protein in its composition that gives it the extra strength. If you find that your hair is resilient to hair color, talk to your stylist about a color compositing shampoo which will prevent the color from fading.

Overnight Waves and Curls

Women with beautiful curls

For decades now straight haired women have depended on curled styles to add a lavish touch to their style. Of course, the means of transforming straight hair to classy curls has evolved over the year, one thing has remained the same: curling a full head of head can be a pain in the you-know-what. As pretty as your curls look, let’s face it, either they don’t hold their bounce for more than an hour, or you have to use half a can of extra strong hold hairspray to make sure they hold. Although the curls held, your hair then hates you because of how dry it is. Oh, did we mention how long it takes a nonprofessional to curl an entire head of hair? No matter what method you use to do you it’s a fact that you must plan on spending at the very least thirty plus minutes to achieve a fully curled look. Not to mention, if you have long, thick hair, you can probably count getting ready as an arm workout.

While we could keep going on about the trials and tribulations of curling your hair, we are about to tell you that all your hair curling struggles can stop right now. There will be no more bathroom mirror arm workouts and definitely no more curse-word-worthy burns due to your faulty curler.

Women with beachy curls

For Loose Beachy Tresses:

  • Begin by washing and conditioning your hair as you normally do. Brush out all the tangles and use only a towel to absorb any moisture that your hair is holding on to.
  • Use a comb to separate your hair into three vertical sections. Use a small elastic to secure two of the three sections, as it’s much easier to control one section at a time.
  • Tightly French braid each section from the tepidity top to the very bottom. Secure the end of the braid with a small elastic.
  • To be sure that you wake up with completely dry tresses, lay a dry towel over your pillow. When you wake up in the morning gently use your fingers to loosen the braid, then add a few spritz of hairspray.

For Voluminous Curls:

  • Wash, condition, and comb your hair. Be sure that you do not use any sort of detangler or leave in conditioner.
  • Have t-shirt strips ready. If you haven’t yet made t-shirt strips, they’re easy: find an old cotton t-shirt and begin by chopping off the sleeves and the shoulder/neck portion. You should have a t-shirt material tube. Now, cut each side of the shirt from top to bottom so that the front and the back are two separate pieces. Not cut across the used-to-be  t-shirt starting at the hem, so that you have tons of 1 ½ to 2 ½ inch strips.
  • Gather a small section of your hair, placing the ends of your hair in the center of the t-shirt strip, so that you make a sort of T shape.
  • Now roll your hair around and over the fabric, the same way you would if it was a foam or ceramic hair roller. Keep rolling your hair all the way to the root. Your hair should be almost like a cup holder around a coffee mug – right enough to hold its place in the center with a few inches of fabric extending from each end.
  • Tie the ends of the fabric together (it seems that tying it as if you are double knotting shoe laces seems to hold the best and be the easiest to remove).
  • Continue to section off, wrap, and tie your hair until every last strand is secured.
  • Again, you can lay a dry towel over your pillow to help your hair dry through the night.
  • When you wake up in the morning untie the t-shirt material and watch as your hair falls into natural looking curls. Use your fingers to loosen up the roots and finish with a few spritz of hairspray.

When Is It Time To Wash?

Woman getting a hair wash

Surely you’ve read articles that suggest you should wash your only once every other day. Maybe your sister-in-law told you that the answer to all your hair troubles was to wash your hair just once a week. Perhaps the truth is that although you know that it does more harm than good, you simply can’t even imagine what your hair would be like if you didn’t wash it every morning. You’re not alone. Many women are beyond confused how often they should actually be washing those locks. The problem is that so many women are looking for a one-size-fits-all answer to the question; more specifically a question that is totally dependent on the person asking!

Now, you may already know your scalp naturally produces oils, which you probably see only as the annoying grease that you need to wash out of your hair in the morning. It is often overlooked that these natural oils, which cover your roots at the end of a long day, are extremely nourishing. When you slather on that sudsy shampoo, you are actually stripping your scalp and hair of all these healthy oils. Eventually, one of two things happens: (1) the hair becomes brutally dry, broken and frizzy, or (2) the scalp overcompensates for the repetitive oil loss by producing more and more oils.

Check out the guide below which will give you a better idea of when you should be washing your hair, no matter what type of hair you have.

For those with Thin or Fine Straight Hair
You probably find that your hair is either always falling flat or always feeling oily, simply because your hair isn’t able to maintain volume as easy as other hair types. Washing can be tricky as both over-washing and under-washing can take a toll on your hair. To avoid flat, lifeless hair you should try to wash with shampoo and conditioner about three to four times per week. You are likely to experience the best results when using volumizing and moisturizing hair products. When conditioning, be sure that you are only adding the conditioner in the middle and lower parts of the hair, this way don’t over moisturize and weigh down the roots.

Woman shampooing hair

For those with Thick Straight Hair
People have probably been telling you for years how great your hair was, right? Although it may take an hour (or more) to dry sometimes, you are able to maintain your ‘do’s for days. This is great because it is recommended that people with thick straight hair wash once every other day, at the very most. If your hair is dry due to heat damage or over-washing, switch to a hydrating and repairing shampoo and conditioner.

For those with Tight Curls
It’s likely that you have the driest hair of all three hair types. The simple explanation is that it takes much longer for the natural oils to work their way down a curly strand of hair in comparison to how easily it is to slide down straight strands. For this reason, the best hair days are likely to happen if you give your hair two or three days in between washes. When washing, you’ll want to be sure that both your shampoo and conditioner are ultra moisturizing.

Japanese Hair Straightening

Woman straightening hair

Typically when women think about permanently straightening their hair, they consider having a Brazilian keratin treatment done to their hair, which by the way isn’t a permanent solution. Another less-known straightening solution, which does provide permanent and lasting results, is Japanese hair straightening. For more information on the comparative information between the two straightening options, keep reading!

Brazilian Keratin Treatment
When performing a Brazilian keratin treatment, a stylist will begin by washing the hair with a clarifying shampoo, blow-dry the hair, and then apply the straightening solution to the hair section by section. Once the solution has been applied to every last strand of hair and has been combed throughout, and given the treatment a few minutes to set, the stylist will blow-dry the hair. When finished with the blow dryer, the stylist will seal the treatment using a flat iron. At this point, the keratin straightening process is finished, although some clients may be told not to style or wash their locks for a few days. In total, the process can take anywhere between two to four hours in the salon chair depending on the individual’s hair type and length. The client will be back at the salon in about three to six months to repeat the temporary process. It is also important for clients to understand that if the treatment is not a one-size-fits-all treatment, as it straightens wavy hair; it will only soften curly hair. That said keratin treatments are superb for eliminating frizz and making hair healthy and stronger over time.

Japanese Hair Straightening
Japanese hair straightening, which is also known as thermal reconditioning uses special flat irons that allow the hair to heat to the specific temperature, which allows the chemical solution to produce the desired results. Unlike the Brazilian keratin treatment, Japanese thermal reconditioning is a permanent hair straightening process. In addition to straight hair clients will notice that after the treatment, wet hair dries much faster, requires little attention during and after the shower, and allows for a professional style with little to know effort.

When going to the salon for a Japanese straightening treatment, the stylist will begin by washing the hair apply a straightening solution then rinse the solution  and apply a treatment specific conditioner followed by a heat protection product. After this, the stylist will use the blow dryer for a quick partial dry followed by a straightening session. Once straightened, the stylist will apply a neutralizer, which has the purpose of stabilizing the balancing the pH levels of the client’s hair. The neutralizer will sit for a few minutes before being rinsed out, at this time the stylist will proceed by re-applying and rinsing out conditioner.  Once rinsed, the hair will be treated with mineral water and control crème to prepare for the final blow-dry. Once dry, the hair is flat ironed for the last time, to ensure it is completely straight. Much like keratin treatments, the client must keep hair dry and un-styled for 48 to 72 hours. In total, the process can take anywhere from four to eight hours, however, the client will not have to repeat the process, is it allows for total and permanently straightened hair. This lengthy permanent straightening process works for those with wavy and curly hair, leaving clients’ hair smooth, silky and frizz-free for years to come.

Flat Iron Do’s and Don’ts

Woman using a flat iron

It seems that no matter where you look, smooth and straight hair is “in.” This isn’t anything new either; sleek hair has been the go-to style for young women for years! Previously, a pin-straight hairdo could only be achieved at a salon. Of course, there are now hundreds of salon quality straightening tools available for consumer purchase. With more and more women using at home heat tools, salons have noticed a steady increase of customers going showing up to their appointments with very-heat-damaged hair. Shockingly, stylists will tell you that they are less than surprised about the heat-damaged trend being that so many women are straightening their hair without taking proper care. Below are two lists: the first is a list of flat iron do’s which – when followed – will ensure proper care of straightened locks, second is a list don’ts that should be avoided to prevent undesired hair-harm.

Go Right Ahead And…

  • DO wash your hair before using a flat iron; when using a flat iron on hair that has day-old product isn’t going to give the desired result, in fact, all that’s really happening is an intense heating of the already-there product.
  • DO use a clarifying treatment regularly. Similar to the above Do, hair product build-up can continue to build up and weaken the hair shaft.
  • DO be sure that hair is completely dried prior to straightening it! Failing to do so will result in fizzing and steaming when using the heat tool; fizzing and steaming is a signification that the hair follicle is burning.
  • DO detangle hair before blow-drying, otherwise small tangles will become much larger and cause easily avoidable, unnecessary damage.
  • DO apply a high-quality heat protectant throughout the hair, right before using the flat iron, being especially mindful of the ends of the hair.

Wait! Stop…

  • DO NOT use shampoos, conditioners, or any other hair product that contains sulfates. Sulfates are harsh chemicals that are used as foaming agents, while George Washington hair can be fun, sulfates only dry and weaken the hair.
  • DO NOT use silicone or oil based products prior to using the flat iron; they are non-water soluble and can induce heat damage.
  • DO NOT set the flat iron to a higher-than-needed temperature. Read the instructions and set the flat iron to the recommended temperature.
  • DO NOT EVER heat the flat iron above 450 degrees Fahrenheit, as this is the most heat that even the strongest hair can take before burning.
  • DO NOT go over the same section of hair more than once; if this is “needed” chances are that the hair is not entirely dry (remember DO number three:  be sure that hair is completely dried prior to straightening it)!
  • DO NOT use a conditioner, strengthener, moisturizer or anything else in place of a heat protectant; these are not heat protectants, thus, they are not made to protect hair from heat.
  • DO NOT use a flat iron every single day. While straight hair is beautiful, so is healthy textured hair. Those who find they are using the flat iron every day, it is better to look into a keratin straightening treatment.

Guide to Your Shiniest, Most Healthy Hair Ever

Woman with beautiful hair

Your hair is your crowning glory, and just like your skin, it always looks its best when it radiates a shine. When your hair is shiny, it shows that it is super healthy, being able to reflect light and create natural highlights that frame your face in the most flattering way. Dull hair, on the other hand, can make you look older, tired, and less engaging. There are a lot of things you can do to improve your hair’s gorgeous shine right now–which will enable it to send those rays of light bouncing back out, no matter what particular texture your hair might be. When your hair’s cuticles are soothed into lying flat (think silky, straight hair) they are best able to send out luxurious luster and radiant highlights from an interweaving of both reflected and refracted light.

Choose Your Treatment Products Wisely
There are some wonderful therapeutic shampoos for luxe, shiny hair. many of these are infused with natural oils, fatty acids, silicones and emollient ingredients that are able to actually penetrate the scalp, so they can get to where they really nourish the hair down at the follicle, where it really matters.

Chill Down
While it may feel like the hotter you can get the water temp for washing your hair–and even bathing–you should know that especially when it comes to your hair, heat can damage it by splintering it at the cuticle, thus ruining any possibility of a brilliance occurring. Your hair will get just as clean if you turn down the water temp for shampooing, and try rinsing with a bit of lukewarm water, followed by a few seconds of cold water at the finish. Then, when drying your hair, the best way is to go au naturel. However, you can use your blow dryer without guilt–just set it on the coolest setting that time will allow, and when using the hotter temps, give your hair frequent periodic blasts of the cool shot function throughout the session.

Woman shampooing her hair.

Keep it Clean
There’s a lot of advice trending out there about how frequent shampooing can rob your hair of its necessary oils and strip it of a naturally occurring shine. This is mere hype, perhaps perpetrated by the manufacturers of all the new dry shampoos out there. Now, you can certainly impair your hair’s ability to shine by relying on harsh, abrasive shampoos to clean it, but if you use a shampoo that is ideally formulated for your hair type, and it’s lightweight and gentle, feel free to wash it every day, without a shred of guilt.

Gloss Appeal
Have you tried one of the highly effective radiance-remedies that are sold as shine boosters, and shine glazes? These products have no other purpose than to illuminate your hair on a game changing level, being lightweight and colorless. And they have lasting power, as some only need to be applied once a week to sustain their super shiny effects. There are also glossing conditioners you can buy. When it comes to inducing shine, go lightweight, as the weightier conditioners tend to dull your hair more than create shine. There are some super-shine oils you can apply. You just need to rub a few drops between your hands and apply lightly and evenly to get a brilliant shine that will keep on going, till your next shampoo.

Say Bye-Bye to Buildup
Product buildup is easy to occur and is one of the key influencers to destroy shine. There’s nothing like a clean slate to radiate your shine intentions. Clarifying treatments are the way to go, and one of the best is a solution of half water and half apple cider vinegar. Apply this pungent preparation to your hair right after shampooing. You can pour it through your hair in the shower or spritz it on with an atomizer bottle. Leave this on for 5-10 minutes, and then rinse with cool water. The odor will dissipate–so don’t worry. Now, there’s a caveat–if your hair is highly processed or dyed a brilliant color–especially red, ask a color specialist before popping the top of the vinegar bottle.

Best Hair Styles for Cancers

Cancer women are naturally shy and introverted by nature, so there are particular hairstyles that suit them the most. Unfortunately, Cancer women aren’t usually blessed with the best hair, but fret not, because on the upside, they always know how to fix their hair into a super cute fashionable style.

Flashy, super trendy, or over the top cuts and styles just aren’t for these girls. Lionesse takes a look at some of the best styles for you, cancer, and shines a little light on the subject before you make your way to the salon for your next style endeavor.

Stylish woman with long and wavy hair

Long and Wavy
Long and wavy styles are suitable for Cancerians because due to their shy personalities, this offers somewhat of a security blanket for them to feel covered, and also, looks generally beautiful anyways. Wavy hairstyles are very much in this summer, and to incorporate a waved look into your own style is a great move on your part to get on trend. Try some beach waves, or loose waves, for the perfect summer look.

Bride with a romantic wavy hairstyle

Romantic Waves
Romantic waves are different from regular waves or beachy waves, in that there is typically more curl involved. Give this style a try the next time you’re headed out for a nice dinner or date night. Think old Hollywood glamour, or opt for a style reminiscent of Lana Del Ray or Pamela Anderson, for instance.

Jaw Length Bobs
Bobs are super trendy currently, and opting for one of these styles provides ease of wear, low maintenance, and is perfect for summer. Also, it gives way to feature your gorgeous cheekbones and beautiful eyes. You can opt for an angular bob, or straight across with or without bangs. Whatever your style preference, these are always a good choice for you, Cancer.

Woman with beautiful ponytail hair

Ponytails look gorgeous and chic on Cancerian women – leave a few tendrils of hair to fall out of the ponytail for a truly classic Cancer look. You can wear your pony low or high –the preference is up to you. Either way, you’ll look lovely!

Medium Length “U” Cut
Many women have seen this style but don’t quite know what the “U” cut actually is if they’ve heard it by name. A “U” cut gives a rounded and sometimes pointed appearance to the hair, which is noticeable by looking at the hair from the back and from the side. Usually, there are long layers incorporated into the style as well. The “U” cut is also angled towards the face most times, providing depth and a dramatic look that is great for styling. Opt for a shoulder length or just below the shoulder style to really play up your style.

Woman with straight flat ironed hair

Straight, flat ironed styles look great on a Cancer and we especially love this look for when the cold winter months come to avoid frizz. This style looks great for everyday wear and is easy to maintain – especially when you’re in a controlled climate environment, like at home, or in the office.