How to straighten hair without Heat1 min read

straight hair without heat

Hair straightening tools have come a long way from simple detanglers to full-blown heated brushes that makes straightening as quickly as possible. Some are even designed specifically to cater to African American hair, or handle frizzy hair. Many hair straightening tools even have advanced technology to prevent hair damage. But if you prefer not to use any heat-based hair tools for straightening hair, here are 5 ways to do just that.

  1. Shampoo and Conditioner – Find a shampoo and conditioner that cleans your hair, naturally removes frizz, and gives a straightened look. Opt for sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner that contain less or no chemicals. Sticking with chemical-infused hair products would defeat the purpose of skipping heated tools to avoid future hair damage.

    Many people swear by Pureology Smooth Perfection Shampoo and Conditioner, Acure Organics Coconut Hair Straightening All Natural Shampoo and Conditioner, Hask Keratin Protein Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner, Organix Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy, and Ouai SMOOTH Shampoo and Conditioner.

  2. Follow a DIY Straightening Mask Recipe – Tempted to treat your hair for straighter-looking hair? Skip the chemicals and follow one of the hundreds of straightening mask recipes online.

    Recipes of hair straightening masks vary, but they include a combination of natural ingredients, such as coconut milk, olive oil, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, milk, unflavored gelatin powder, castor oil, honey, aloe vera gel, eggs, vinegar, banana, papaya, almond oil or your favorite essential oils.

    Applying straightening masks is straightforward. Once you’ve followed the mask recipe, simply apply it to your hair, ensuring each section of the hair from root to tip is coated. Leave the mask for 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the instructions provided, rinse off with cold water, and let your hair dry naturally.

    If you’d rather buy a ready-made straightening mask, you won’t go wrong with Aveda 'Smooth Infusion' Smoothing Masque.(Amazon's Choice!)

  3. Dry hair with absorbent towel and brush – Many people don’t realize it, but using an absorbent towel and a brush appropriate for their hair types can jump-start your heat-free hair straightening routine.

    After drying your hair with a towel, brush wet hair down, pulling tightly with your hands as you go until it dries. Those with straight hair would benefit from a wide-tooth comb, while a paddle brush is more appropriate for those with wavy hair. If you have stubborn curls, you could use wide rollers after brushing, pin your hair straight, leave it for at least an hour, and add oil or leave-on conditioner to smooth things out.

    The Wet Brush (also available as paddle, wide-tooth, and baby/kid versions) and GHD Detangling Comb are two of the most recommended brushes for all hair types.

  4. Use the Right Finishing Products – Unless you have super-straight hair, the steps above would be enough to achieve healthy-looking straight hair. But for most people who find split ends, baby hairs, stubborn waves, and other similar problems annoying, the right finishing product could solve your problem.

    Once your hair dries, you may apply a hair finishing product (we recommend organic) such as anti-frizz or serum. There are tons of products in the market, but depending on personal preference, you could find a gel-based product (like Oribe gel serum), oil-based (such as OGX Every Straight Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shimmering Keratin Oil), mousse (SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-Free Curl Mousse), spray (Intelligent Nutrients Spray On Detangler), wax (Giovanni 2chic Brazilian Keratin and Argan Oil Ultra-Sleek Hair Styling Wax) and other variations to fit your hair’s needs.

  5. Cool Blow Dry – If you have a hair dryer lying around, you could still use it without heat. Check available buttons of your tool and check if your blow dryer has a cold air function. If it does, use it to dry your hair without any product. Alternate a vented brush with your fingers to help straighten your hair while drying.

If you have curly hair, none of these steps could transform you hair straight. However, if you follow the advice above, you’d definitely have manageable, healthy-looking, shiny and frizz-free curls.

Note that all these ways of straightening hair without heat require much longer prep time compared to using hair straightening brushes, irons, and other similar tools. But if you’re thinking long-term, follow these tips to heart, make a few haircare changes, and enjoy heat-free haircare routine for years.


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