So, we have finally arrived to the straightening part. The first thing that we have to do is figure out the proper straightening temperature. This highly depends on your hair type and how much heat your hair can handle.
Now, because of the pre- straightening steps we followed above (you did follow them, right? just checking) there should not be anyone straightening their hair above 400 degrees farenheight.
Most have great long lasting results between the temperatures of 320- 375 degrees farenheight so you can choose the heat setting that fits your hair’s preference between this range to prevent heat damage.
After Straightening Care
Okay so now that we have finished the straightening and we are marveling at the bling and swing, we need to figure out how to protect our hair even more, especially before we start the sweat session.
Now, earlier I mentioned a bit about humectants like glycerin and how they are no-nos for keeping sleek straight hair, well there are anti-humectants that you can add to your hair after the straightening process to give your style extra staying power. They work by repelling humidity and keep your hair straighter for longer.
A good natural anti-humectant is castor oil. Since castor oil* is pretty thick, just take a fingertip amount of castor oil* and if necessary thin it out with a bit of coconut oil*, olive oil*, or grapeseed oil* and then apply just enough, to coat the strands.
Another good defense to let the sleekness last longer is the actual style that you wear your hair in before exercising. There are plenty of ways to wear your hair to protect it from the frizzies.
Styles such as buns, pin curls, and loose French braids are excellent choices that keep your hair off your neck. Or you can simply tuck your ends under to create a faux bob.
Another great tip is to keep your hair up until the sweat has evaporated from your scalp and while you cannot completely prevent some reversion near the roots, keeping either a sweat band or silk scarf* should prevent your edges from reverting.
Okay, one more thing.. How can I keep my sweaty scalp clean if I have a straightened style?
I know this is one of the biggest questions and concerns so it is only right that I squeeze it in. It is not essential to clean your scalp every time you sweat because your sweat won’t really have an adverse effect on your hair.
But if you are planning to keep your hair straight for more than a week then one of the best ways to keep your scalp clean is by using witch hazel.
Witch hazel applied with a cotton ball, is a great way to make sure that the sweat itchies stay away. Witch hazel being a liquid will slightly revert the hair close to your scalp but it’s a reasonable trade off for a clean scalp! You can also apply neem oil* to your scalp which is a great cleanser and it’s antibacterial too.
So that’s it guys, I hope that the action plan that we have provided above can help aide in keeping your straight strands sleek!