While bouncy, textured hair has been on our radar lately, pin straight styles spotted on Doutzen Kroes and Irina Shayk on the Spring 2017 Versace runway made a case against textured hair for fall and spring 2017. Unfortunately, if you have naturally wavy hair, transforming it into a stick-straight style often involves the copious use of chemicals, hair dyers and flat irons – all amped up to their highest, most follicle-damaging heat settings. But women have been straightening their hair for decades without heat too.
While heat-free hair straightening techniques might not work for everyone – it's not very realistic to achieve a straight style from a strong wave or a curly head of hair without using some kind of heat or hot tool – it is possible to get close if you're starting with naturally wavy, medium to fine hair.
So, for those looking to achieve straighter locks without risking damage, here are 7 tips for straightening hair the heat-free way.
HAIR CARE: HOW TO STRAIGHTEN YOUR HAIR WITHOUT HEAT
START WITH THE RIGHT SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
It's very important to begin with a proper shampoo and conditioner made for straight hair to achieve a naturally, heat-free pin-straight look. Post-wash, try to get out as much moisture as possible, then apply a soothing cream – or use leave-in conditioner to prep your hair and use a smoothing serum or oil, depending on hair type, to finish.
USE AN ULTRA-ABSORBENT TOWEL
Heat-free straightening techniques work best on fine to medium hair texture that is straight or slightly wavy. And though it can take hours for hair to totally dry, you can jump-start the drying process by using an absorbent fabric towel, which helps wick moisture out of the hair quickly without causing damage and frizz.
KEEP BRUSHING YOUR HAIR UNTIL IT'S DRY
For long to medium styles that straighten easily, brush wet hair down and pull it tight with your hands every few minutes until it dries. On naturally wavy hair, this technique will give you the undone city-chic look you often see on runways – and you can finish the style off with oil or pomade on the ends to smooth things out. If you're unsure about what brush to use, try The Wet Brush for the best effect!
WRAP YOUR WET HAIR AROUND YOUR HEAD
This technique is a unique process that starts by drying hair with cold air until almost dry, then grabbing sections of hair and pinning them around your head, wrapping them all around. Do this at night before bed, then wake up the next morning with straight and silky hair.
USE JUMBO ROLLERS
For long hair, use about six jumbo rollers and section the towel-dried hair to the rollers' width, comb it up, and wrap your hair flat against the roller. Secure with a clip on each side. Plastic rollers – rather than Velcro or foam – will help you achieve a smoother effect.
USE THE RIGHT PRODUCTS
Apply the right products – like a gel serum or oil – to damp, towel-dried hair. This will fight frizz and smooth hair beautifully before moving on to your personal hair straightening technique.
USE THE COLD AIR SETTING ON YOUR HAIR DRYER
Use a blow dryer with cold air and no product, using a combination of a brush and your fingers to help straighten as you dry. Once your hair is completely dry, use a natural product like coconut oil to relax the cuticle of the hair and eliminate frizz.