Whether your hair is naturally on the straighter side or you have a slight wave or curl, a sleek, straight blowout is a timeless style that makes a statement no matter the length of your tresses. It’s also a desirable ’do for keeping frizzies and flyaways at bay.
Of course, straight doesn’t mean limp and lifeless. The secret sauce to a successful straight-hair blow dry combines the right products and proper technique. So, before reaching for your dryer, check out our pro tips on achieving a straight and shiny blowout at home.
Step 1. Start with Clean Hair
Start by washing and conditioning with reconstructive, moisture-enhancing formulas such as our Damage Repair Shampoo and Conditioner to gently cleanse and replenish moisture while strengthening* stressed-out strands. If your hair is extra dry or coarse, apply a small amount of our lightweight Damage Repair Strengthening Leave-In Cream.Shop Products to Repair Damaged Hair
*Against combing breakage on damaged hair when using Better Natured Damage Repair Shampoo & Conditioner vs. a non-conditioning shampoo.
Step 2. Prep Your Tresses with a Heat Protectant
Let your hair air dry until it’s damp, not sopping wet, before applying a heat protectant such as Better Natured®’s Heat Styling Lotion. This go-to formula protects hair during blow drying* while providing an impressive 96 hours of frizz control. It also helps create unapologetically smooth, long-lasting, straight tresses.
*Against combing breakage during heat styling
Step 3. Remove Excess Moisture
The secret to any great blowout is roughly drying your hair about 80 percent before beginning the styling process. While you still want to use a heat protectant, removing excess moisture helps negate potential damage from hot tools like a dryer. Cut the overall blow drying time for your hair by using a moisture-wicking microfiber towel and air drying your hair before bringing out the blow dryer.
Step 4. Section Your Hair
Divide your hair into sections and secure it with clips. How many sections should you make? It depends on how much hair you have and how it’s cut — the more layers you have, the more you’ll need. As a general rule of thumb, part your hair from ear to ear and create a top and bottom section. Secure the top and divide the bottom into two to three — more if needed.
Step 5. Brush and Blow
Now you can start drying your sections. When blow drying your hair straight, use a boar bristle paddle brush — natural bristles promote smooth tresses and high shine. Keep those round ceramic brushes for wavier, bouncier blowouts.
- Start at the Bottom: Take a small section of hair from the bottom section. Position your brush underneath the area close to the root. Hold your blow dryer about three inches above the hair. Slightly twist your wrist outwards to create tension on the hair. Slowly pull the brush towards the tips while following with your dryer.
- Finish the Ends: Once you reach the tips, slowly pull the brush away outwards while drying. Increase the tension even further to give the ends a smooth finish.
- Continue with All Sections: Continue using the same technique with all sections. Avoid frizziness by not handling the hair until it’s completely cool.
Step 6. Make Your Look Last
Add texture and extend the life of your straight blowout with Better Natured®’s Fresh Dry Shampoo Powder. It provides maximum absorption for all hair types, thanks to tapioca starch. This 99 percent naturally-derived* powder is designed to absorb oil between washes without leaving a white, chalky residue behind.
*We hold ourselves to high standards and use the Global ISO Standard 16128 which defines naturally-derived as a plant or mineral derived material and water which is found in nature and has undergone limited processing. In the Better Natured® line, the percent naturally-derived varies from product to product and ranges from 86% to 99%.
A successful blowout begins and ends with using the right products, but it’s a look you can achieve in the comfort of your own home! Shop our entire collection of vegan hair styling products for sleek, straight, head-turning tresses every time.Shop Vegan Hair Styling Products from Better Natured®
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