Dessy on YouTube shows us that having straight hair does not have to be boring and there are quite a few style options we can do while relaxed or sporting flat ironed natural hair and still keep our strands protected.
Sometimes when our hair is freshly done we will be tempted to wear it out and down, no accessories no fuss, but after awhile that gets old and the need to switch things up takes over.
The thing to remember with styling straight hair is to keep it light on the product. Your style should look effortless and not too plastered down or ‘product-ty’, not only is this good for your hair but it allows you to try a few different styles without having the need to wash your hair.
Protective styling is very important in keeping long relaxed hair healthy and continuing to retain length in the long term. Protective styling doesn’t begin and end with braids and weaves however so updo’s are an excellent way to put your strands out of the way and have a pretty style for the week.
With that said what is the key to healthy relaxed hair or natural hair that is kept straight often?
1. Consistent deep conditioning* with heat – I know you are tired of hearing us preach about this, but we cannot do a post without mentioning the importance of treating your hair with a little conditioning love weekly or bi weekly and why heat is so important to the process. When you use heat you open the cuticles of your hair and allow it to absorb more of the good stuff than it would without heat.
2. Sealing – Sealing is exceedingly important to relaxed hair and the main reason is because it is naturally porous. Once you deep condition, use an oil directly afterwards to seal in that moisture. It doesn’t have to be a heavy oil, just something light like grapeseed oil* to block the moisture from leaving your hair too early in the styling game.
3. Protein – Using protein regularly helps to bring high porosity hair back to normal levels. It fills in the gaps and weak areas in the hair strand so that your hair can be stronger and retain moisture better.
Check out Dessy GT’s hair style tutorials below:
DIY French-Up High Bun Braid
French Fishtail Braid
Twisted Updo Hairstyle