Straight to the point
Lucky are those born with elegantly straight and thick hair. The rest of the world relies on an array of styling products and blowout-prolonging treatments designed to render your tresses a sleek and straight look. Shivi Saxena takes a dig into what works best when it comes to going all straight, hair-wise!
Keep it curly or straight? That, my friends, is THE question! “Hair style is the final tip-off whether or not a woman really knows herself,” wrote fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy in the July 1985 edition of Vogue. Al Pacino’s Scent of a woman had him say, “Women…. Who made ‘em? God must have been a… genius. Their hair. They say that the hair is everything, you know? Have you ever buried your nose in a mountain of curls, and just wanted to go to sleep forever?” Well, that’s true, as one of the most beautiful facets of a woman’s personality is surely her hair.
Most women in the recent years have gone for the shiny and blown-out straight hair. In fact most of us go to great lengths to keep up with the current fashion trends in hair care. The straight hair arsenal includes; flat-irons, blow-dryers, and all kinds of products that claim to fight fly-aways and un-kink curls. Shelling out a few dollars is completely worth it when it comes to getting straight, frizz-free hair through processes such as the Brazilian blow-out, re-bonding or the Japanese hair straightening treatments. While after such a treatment you simply love the way you look, there is some silent damage that’s happening to your shiny straight hair.
Let’s smooth over some of the common questions about hair-straightening:
Why do some people have curly or wavy hair? The texture and thickness of one’s hair depends on the shape of the follicles out of which it grows which inherently depends on one’s genes.
Does blow-drying harm the hair? Hair is a dead tissue, so there can’t be any further damage that can be caused to it, however, blow-drying certainly weakens the hair’s cuticle and the heat can sap hair off the moisture.
Is relaxing the hair a safe option? Relaxers are not really very relaxing on your hair or your skin! They may be quite effective at getting hair straight, but, they weaken the hair, making it more prone to breakage. Also its caustic ingredients can cause skin allergies.
Does straightening the hair give it a shiny look? For that we need to see the hair from the angle of geometry and optics. Light can easily bounce off curly or wavy hair, but straight hair reflects light hence making it appear shiny.
Trichologists say that regular use of flat irons causes damage to the hair, making it frizzer and curlier, setting up a ‘straightener addiction’ cycle. Women control this new “frizz” by straightening the hair even more, which dries and damages it further.
So next time when you think of straightening your hair, keep the following things in mind. Pick one of the top-end hair straighteners, which has infra-red radiation produced from high-temperature ceramic plates or ones coated in the precious stone tourmaline. Some of the best hair straightening brands like GHD hair straighteners, stand-out when it comes to transforming waves and curls into poker-straight strands. Close competitors to GHD are Coroliss and Cloud 9 hair straighteners. There’s Babyliss Nano Titanium Pro U Styler (£40) which is a combination of brush and hairdryer and gives you smooth and volumnized hair. And for those who’re ready to splurge more to get those silky and shiny tresses there’s Jose Eber, the world’s fastest flat iron which comes at a price of £109.99. This sleek flat iron turns tangled and curly hair into perfect shiny locks in just five seconds, while maintaining the same temperature throughout.
New smoothing treatments include the Brocato ‘Curl Interrupted’ super gentle treatment using keratin (the protein which is found in hair, skin and nails) which lasts for up to 12 weeks (from £120 at Equus hair). Another famous treatment is LLT (Long Lasting Treatment) by the inventors of the first permanent Japanese straightening system, Yoko, which contains collagen and keratin. It grooms the hair straight and bouncy in just 15 minutes and lasts up to four weeks. Keratin Perfect 30-day Brazilian hair smoothening system is another safe option. These treatments can give you a sleek look with minimal blow drying, which can end your addiction to daily straightening.
The key to beautiful and healthy hair is a combination of the right products, the right tools, the right techniques, and, sometimes, a trip to the salon can help you shun a bad hair day.
While having straight hair has been a rage amongst most women for over years now, hair care companies are coming up with more advanced versions of hair straighteners, shampoos, conditions, serums, finishing sprays that add polish and sheen to the hair. However, a little fashion birdie just told us that the era of flattened hair is fast receding. The catwalks of London Fashion Week 2014 were full of bouncy blow-outs and curls. And, 2015 has bid a goodbye to poker-straight hair as it is embracing natural, beautiful and healthy hair.