How to Get Straight Silky and Shiny Hair
The elusive ‘good hair day’…we’ve all experienced it. Gorgeous silky, straight hair is guaranteed when you leave your stylist’s chair, but these results aren’t always so easy to achieve on your own. You're probably wondering how can you replicate this covetable hairstyle at home, sans stylist? Well, fear no more - we're going to let you in on a little secret: how to achieve silky, straight and shiny hair (no salon needed!).
This hairstyle is very flattering, versatile and easy to achieve yourself, making it a great option to rock every day and especially for special events. All you’ll need are a few key products, and then just follow the instructions below. You’ll be sure to get your hair looking its best for any occasion!
Step 1: Start in the Shower
Wash, rinse and repeat. Sounds like a no-brainer I know, but it’s actually a little more complicated than just the basic shower routine. The first thing you need to consider is the fact that moisture is your hair’s best friend.
Apply your hair mask or deep conditioner throughout your hair, comb it throughout your locks and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing. Always rinse with cold water, as this causes the hair cuticle to close up, making your hair smooth and silky.
The shampoo or conditioner you use should also be formulated specifically for smoothing, so make sure to check the label before buying. Look for products with aloe or keratin as ingredients, as these encourage optimal hair health and growth.
Step 2: Protect Your Strands
Excess heat can strip all moisture from your hair; therefore it needs to be protected. Instead of using a blow-drier from the start, towel-dry your hair first and carefully squeeze out any excess water. The key here is to be gentle, so don’t vigorously rub the towel on your hair, as this will rough up the follicles, causing breakage and frizz.
Once this is done, it’s time to detangle using a wide-tooth comb. The best way to approach tangled hair is to start combing at the ends and work your way up until the knots are all undone.
Next spray a heat protectant spray evenly throughout your damp hair. This will limit the damage done to follicles from heat styling tools, which will be used in the next steps. Wait until your hair is about 80% dry before moving onto the next step to preserve the moisture in your hair.
Step 3: Blow Dry Hair the Right Way
Once your hair has dried 80% of the way, divide it into sections and pin up the top layers. Use a paddle brush to comb through the individual sections of hair while blow-drying, starting with the bottom layers and finishing with the top.
This process may be slower, but it’s necessary to ensure that your hair gets dried evenly and is smoothed in the process. The trick to this is to point the dryer downwards, blowing air in the direction of the cuticle, moving from root to tip.
Note, not every blow dryer is built the same. Some can cause more damage than others, so it’s important to know the difference when shopping for one. We recommend using one with an ionic setting, as it will dry your hair quickly without causing too much damage.
Once your hair is smooth and dry, use the blow dryer’s cool setting and blast your hair with the cool air for about one minute in order to give it a little extra shine by sealing the hair cuticle.
Step 4: Flat Iron Hair
Following the first three steps should have already helped to smooth and straighten your hair, but using a flatiron will help take your hair to the next level! We recommend using a high quality ceramic flat iron, as this will get you the best results. Flat irons typically have a number of heat settings and the one you choose depends on your hair type. A low heat setting is best for fine hair, however, thick hair requires a high heat setting since it is typically coarser.
Before you start, make sure that your hair is almost completely dry, because using an iron on wet hair can damage the strands. Next, once again, divide your hair into small sections, straightening one piece at a time and pinning up the rest to keep it out of the way.
Always brush each lock before you start, as this will prevent any strands from coming out crimped or wavy. Also, don't forget to spray each section with heat protectant! When straightening, start near the roots and slowly move towards the ends, running the full length of your hair through the iron. Then, go over the same section again with a brush, while following the brush with your flat iron.
Step 5: Apply Product
Once you’ve finished straightening your hair, the next step is to apply products that add shine to your hairstyle. Argan oil is one great option for finishing off freshly straightened hair. Just run a small amount of it through your hair in order to smooth out any annoying fly-aways and make it look extra shiny and glamorous.
When applying the argan oil, concentrate on the ends of your hair as this area tends to be the driest. Keep in mind that too much argan oil can leave your hair looking greasy, so be careful not to apply excessive amounts, especially around your roots. Check out Mimi's additional tips for getting beautiful, shiny hair below.
Step 6: Preserve Your Hairstyle
Now that you’ve finally got your hair looking smooth and shiny, it’s time to start thinking about how you can keep it looking that way past happy hour. The best tip is to avoid washing your hair more than needed. While keeping your hair clean is a good thing, washing and straightening it on a daily basis can do more harm than good.
Excessive heat and washing can actually strip hair of the natural oils that make it naturally shiny and silky. Excessive washing and heat styling will leave your hair dry, brittle and damaged. To prevent this, try washing it every other day and use a dry shampoo in between washed to preserve your straight hairstyle and absorb any excess oil sitting at the roots.
Another great way to maintain your hairstyle is to sleep on a satin pillowcase. While this may seem unrelated at first, it actually helps to prevent frizz and follicle damage and keeps your hair looking better, longer. Satin doesn’t rough up hair cuticles as much as a typical cotton pillowcase, making it a much better option so that you can keep your hair looking fabulous every day!
Not only are you equipped to style your hair perfectly every time, you also know key steps to maintain strong, healthy hair in between your regular trims. You will find that silky, straight hair is also quite versatile! You can style it in a ponytail, a boho braid or leave it down and flowing.