Discover How to Straighten Your Hair Naturally

02 September, 2020
Excessive use of straighteners, hairdryers and chemical products can have a huge impact on hair health, so it's important to use them in moderation.
 

Whether it be to go to a party, to look great at the office or to hide their natural curls, more and more women are choosing to straighten their hair naturally.

For years, people have been using and abusing straightening irons, creams and chemical treatments. The problem with these techniques is that they can damage your hair, especially when used regularly. While it’s true that these products are quick and effective, it never hurts to explore other, more natural alternatives.

It’s always good to do a little more research on the subject. In this article, we’ll show you some of the different ways you can straighten your hair naturally, and without damaging it.

Straighten your hair without side effects

Long, straight hair is extremely fashionable, but not all of us are lucky enough to be born with perfectly straight hair. Permanent straightening offers good results short term, but it’s important to remember that it only lasts a few months.

One of the most serious consequences of this treatment is that it damages the strands, making hair more difficult to manage in the long run. Only another treatment can make the hair look “decent” again. It’s a vicious cycle that’s hard to break.

straight-hair

 

A straightening iron is another really common method of straightening hair. This element uses heat to seal the strands for a wonderful effect that lasts for a few hours (a few days at most). As soon as the hair gets wet, it goes back to normal.

Many women straighten their hair every morning before going to work or before going out on the weekends. The result: split ends and dry, frizzy hair.

Also see: How to Straighten Your Hair without Damaging It

Can you straighten your hair naturally?

If you don’t want to fall into the trap of straightening your hair with harmful artificial methods, you have two options: leave it like it is or use a homemade straightening remedy. If you’re interested in this second option, you should know that there are several studies about hair straightening that might help.

According to the Engineering School of Medellin, the Tara Spinosa plant, or spiny holdback, could help straighten your hair naturally, thanks to its hydrolyzable tannin content.

These tannins form transverse links between the hair fibers which get between the keratin fibers, forming bonds that restructure the capillary fibers.

Other natural ingredients that care for and strengthen your hair

While there’s no scientific evidence that the following remedies can straighten your hair, they do help condition it, thanks to their vitamin and nutrient content. If you’re going to try them, make sure you aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients to avoid any adverse reactions.

 

Coconut milk and lemon juice

This mixture works as a conditioner, nourishing the scalp, and leaving hair feeling soft. To make it, take one cup of coconut milk (250 ml) and the juice of one lemon and mix them together to form a cream.

Shampoo your hair and use this remedy alongside your usual conditioner. Let it work for a few minutes, then rinse well with warm water. Repeat twice a week for best results.

Banana and milk

banana-smoothie

Bananas are an excellent source of nutrients, like vitamin B6, which offers many benefits for your hair. In addition, their natural sugars help the strands retain their natural moisture. While it’s not been scientifically proven, it’s believed that milk can help to soften the scalp.

The amount you need for both ingredients will depend on the length and thickness of your hair. It’s important to puree the banana first, adding the milk gradually until it forms a paste. Apply to damp hair, leave for an hour and a half (or until it dries), rinse well and comb.

Honey, olive oil, coconut oil, and milk

You can make this mask with ingredients you probably already have at home. If not, they’re easily found at most grocery stores.

 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup milk (125 ml)
  • 1 cup honey (400 g)
  • ½ cup olive oil (110 g)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (20 ml)

Directions:

  • Combine the honey, olive oil, milk and coconut oil in a saucepan.
  • Mix well with a hand mixer and set on a low heat.
  • Cook until thickened. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  • Apply to hair, starting at the ends and working your way up toward the roots.
  • Cover with a plastic cap and let work for 3 hours.
  • After the required amount of time, wash with your usual shampoo and conditioner using warm water.

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Strawberries, milk, and honey

A basket of strawberries.

In addition to nourishing your hair, this treatment will give it the rich aroma of strawberries. It’s also really easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk (250 ml)
  • ¼ cup strawberries (50 g)
  • 2 tablespoons honey (50 g)

Directions:

  • Wash the strawberries and cut them into quarters.
  • Place in a blender along with the milk and honey and mix well.
  • Apply to damp hair and let work for 2 hours.
  • Wash with shampoo and conditioner. Comb the hair while still wet.

Olive oil and egg

Both ingredients possess interesting properties for the hair. The proteins in egg will nourish your hair and make it easier to manage. The olive oil may help to protect against a number of external factors. Because it penetrates the scalp, it reduces the amount of water your hair can absorb, which can in turn help to reduce inflammation.

 

All you need is two beaten eggs and a splash of olive oil. Massage into hair and let work for one hour. Once dry, rinse with warm water. Let it work for another hour before washing as usual.

Lemon and honey

honey-lemon

Honey moisturizes your hair and can help to heal up any small cuts or wounds on your scalp. If you mix it with lemon, it makes an excellent hydrating hair mask.

Add one tablespoon of honey (25 g) for every ½ tablespoon of lemon juice. Again, the amount you’ll need will depend on the length and thickness of your hair. Apply to the hair, wrap in a warm towel and let work for 45 minutes. Rinse and comb carefully.

Papaya and banana

This is a fresh and fragrant way to hydrate your scalp. You can find these ingredients in most supermarkets, and your hair will smell like a tropical dream for days. In addition, according to this study from the Government College University of Faisalabad (Pakistan), papaya is an effective anti-dandruff. What’s more, this study carried out by the Halgekar Institute of Dental Sciences in India also shows that banana can be effective in dealing with microbes such as Porphyromonas gingivalis and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 medium papaya
  • A tablespoon of honey (25 g)

Directions:

  • Peel the banana and cut into slices.
  • Remove the pulp from the papaya and chop into pieces.
  • Place all the fruit in a bowl and add the honey.
  • Crush with a fork to form a cream. Apply the mixture to your hair and let work for an hour (or until completely dry).
  • Finally, all you have to do is wash your hair with warm water and comb well.

Try these homemade, natural treatments to nourish your hair and make it look healthy and shiny. Simply pick the one you like the most and give it a try. You should start to notice the results in no time!

 
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