Hair can be straightened using a keratin treatment, a hair relaxing treatment, Japanese thermal straightening, alkaline straightening or using a blow dryer. If a chemical treatment is used, however, there may be health risks involved.
Some people prefer to straighten their hair chemically to avoid the heat damage from flat irons and blow dryers. However, chemical treatments, such as Brazilian blowouts, and other keratin treatments often contain formaldehyde that is released into the air or absorbed.
Other hair straightening techniques, such as Japanese straightening, are more permanent and must involve the breaking of disulfide bonds between hairs. This can be very damaging to the hair structure. Thioglycolates and lye-based alkalines are often used and can cause allergic reactions, scalp and respiratory irritation and chemical burns.Learn More
Using thinning shears is a process that involves washing the hair, positioning the thinning shears and removing thinned strands with a comb. The process can take as little as 10 minutes on top of the haircut time and requires thinning shears, a comb and hair clips.Full Answer >
To blow out hair, apply a thickening serum and dry it a section at a time with a medium-sized round brush, pointing the hair dryer down as it follows the brush. To keep the style looking fresh in between washes, apply a dry shampoo to the scalp after a few days.Full Answer >
To use curlers, wash and condition your hair, allow it to air dry about 90 percent, separate sections with a comb, and roll each on a curler from the ends to the scalp. Let your hair finish drying, and remove the curlers. Style the hair gently with a wide-tooth comb.Full Answer >
Loosen curls by washing and deep conditioning hair, scrunching excess water out with your hands and separating the hair into sections. Apply styling cream to the sections, and braid or twist each section. Allow the hair to air dry, then untwist or unbraid the hair, and fluff it out with your fingers.Full Answer >