Good morning friends!
I’m here to talk about a never-ending battle; straight hair vs. curly hair. People with straight hair wish it was curly, people with curly hair wish it was straight! The grass is always greener, right?
So I’m here to discuss all my thoughts and feelings on this battle.
People with straight hair who want curly hair
Women often ask me what I think about perms so I am here to tell you all. I always hear ” my hair is just so flat” or “I just really want a little bit of body” or “I just really want some curl so I don’t have to do anything to my hair in the morning”.
Here is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
If you want your hair to look good, 99% of the time, you will need to style it in the morning. Other than the small portion of people who have naturally beautiful hair that rolls out of bed tousled and perfect, most people (note: not just women) will need to style their hair if they want it to appear presentable.
Although I am trained, my salon does not even do perms. You have to break the bond in your hair in order for the chemical solution to be absorbed. And it’s really stinky. And I don’t always think it’s what people expect when they think of curly hair.
You can get most of the results you are looking for with a curling iron.
If your hair doesn’t hold a curl, try a smaller rod. My hair is slightly past my shoulders and I have to use a 1 inch curling iron. Sometimes I like the way it looks more with a 2 inch but my hair will not stay curly with the bigger rod.
Sometimes the curls may be a bit too bouncy with a smaller rod. If this happens, give it an hour, it will calm down a bit. Or, take a wide tooth comb through the curls.
If your hair will hold a curl, you can use any size rod depending on what you’re looking for. A bigger rod will give you a looser, softer curl, where a smaller rod will make the curls a bit tighter.
People with straight hair who want to embrace their straight hair
Need a little help keeping your straight hair interesting? It’s all in the way you blow dry! Blow dry with a round brush. Smaller round brushes will give you more volume and you can usually get a little bit of a curl in there as well.
Using the right products and right sized brush will help you get the look you’re going for, instead of just your every day straight or flat hair.
Be aware of what kind of shampoo and conditioner you are using. If your hair gets flat really easily, make sure you aren’t using products that will weigh your hair down. Try a volumizing shampoo or conditioner, followed by a volume boosting mousse, root boost, or volumizing spray.
Some of my favorites:
Check out this mousse by Davines! It’s really great for people with thin or flat hair and works especially well for shorter hair cuts. It will give you a bit more bounce and volume!
Another favorite – this styling prep by TIGI. I don’t love many of the TIGI products but I am obsessed with this styling prep product! It gives GREAT volume and it smells delicious.
Another Davines fave – this mist! I use it on almost every client. It is lightweight and you can spray it directly at the root. One of the best!
The Volu shampoo by Davines is also really great for volume, and would go well with all of these products.
Another product that’s helpful for volume is dry shampoo. Spray a little of it at the root but just be careful not to spray too much, so as to avoid a white or powdery look. It should give you just the right amount of boost! Other than the Davines dry shampoo I posted the other week, Redken has a great one. Check it out here.
I also sadly just realized this product is being discontinued. I think it has been reformulated and repackaged to be this product,
I am sure if it is in anything like the powder refresh it’s probably great! I just don’t want to recommend it because I haven’t tried it. If you’re curious, check it out!
People with curly hair who want straight hair
Here are all my opinions on straightening treatments.
We have tried quite a few treatments in the salon from the most popular ones to the ones that are supposed to be better for your hair.
Brazilian blow out – this treatment does exactly what its supposed to do, blow dries beautifully, but it is full of formaldehyde. Many straightening treatments do have formaldehyde in them but the biggest problem with Brazilian Blow Out is that their big stance was that they were formaldehyde-free, come to find out the formaldehyde is released when you start straightening, which is why they were able to lie about it. However, it does make your hair smooth and straighter and certainly works well!
Yuko – we tried the Yuko for a bit and we were not crazy about it. It is formaldehyde free so it seemed like a healthier option for the hair but we found that the permanent treatment required you to go over the ends of the hair for each treatment. It can make the ends really dry and broken because of too much straightening.The semi permanent one was not nearly strong enough and the permanent one seemed too damaging to the hair.
Keratin – Keratin treatments work wonders. It will make your hair significantly less frizzy and more straight. I can’t promise they will make your hair perfectly straight or smooth but it will help quite a bit. It will decrease your blow drying time and it puts the Keratin protein your hair needs back into the hair. It is, however, full of chemicals, like most of the things you put in your hair. More specifically, it does contain formaldehyde.
Because of the formaldehyde, pregnant women cannot do Keratins, receive Keratins, or be in the room when a Keratin is happening. And even for women who are not pregnant, it is not healthy to be around all of the time. Because of this, Peter Coppola designed a healthier, formaldehyde-free Keratin. It has very similar results and will last at least three months, up to six with the right products and minimal washing. The results will not be quite as smooth or straight as the regular Keratin but it is pretty darn close, and much healthier for you and your hair. Read more about this new formaldehyde and aldehyde-free Keratin here. This treatment has been our favorite “healthier” option, so far!
This picture is from a (regular) Keratin I did just the other day. Although recently I have done the formaldehyde-free Keratin and the hair felt great and the results were very similar. It certainly depends on your hair type, how you feel about the chemicals, and exactly what you are looking for in the straightening. This particular client has been doing Keratin for years and wanted to stick with the regular Keratin because she wanted whatever would be the strongest on her hair. Check out the before and after –
I truly had not done anything to her hair prior to the first picture. That was her completely natural, in-the-raw hair! The Keratin was PERFECT for her and looked and felt absolutely beautiful!
People with super thick, frizzy, curly, or unmanageable hair should really look into the different straightening treatments. They are certainly not for everyone though! For some people, it’s just about spending a little bit more time on your blow dry. Or maybe stopping by the salon every once in a while for a smooth blow dry that could last you up to a week! These are some of my favorite smoothing products, perfect for this type of hair.
This is another great product by Davines. It is great for keeping hair smooth. I usually put it in when the hair is wet before blowdrying. If your hair is SUPER frizzy or curly, it can be mixed with the oil by Davines for extra strength.
Even though I am not a huge Brazilian Blowout fan, this product is pretty awesome. The daily smoothing serum is very heavy so it is perfect for that crazy, thick, unruly hair. Check it out here!
People with curly hair who want to rock the curly hair
If your hair is curly and you want to rock that, that is awesome!!
Sometimes it just takes the right products or finding out the best way to let your hair do its thing. For some people, they can get away with just the products, some people may also have to diffuse. If you have that slight wave not yet a curl that doesn’t respond to a diffused blow dry, you may need to curl it with a curling iron. Use a bigger curling iron (1.5 to 2 inches) and it will help to give you that loose and tousled curl, slightly smoother and more styled than just a natural wave.
My favorite curling products :
This curl moisturizing mousse by Davines is AWESOME. You can use it in wet hair when blow drying smooth with a slight bend on the end, OR you can use it in your hair if you’re going to diffuse or go with your natural curl.
This product by Bumble and Bumble is great for that soft, tousled look. But be cautious, a little goes a long way! Using too much can create a sticky effect. Using only a little will give you just the right amount of texture.
There are so many more ways to style your hair if it is straight or curly. There are advantages and disadvantages to both! I think it’s great when you can learn to embrace what you have and figure out the best ways to make it different or unique, once in a while. But do not be afraid to work with what you have! The girls with curly hair would kill for straight and “easier” hair. The girls with straight hair would love to have a little bend or shape. You just have to figure out what works best for you and your hair type!
I will soon be posting videos on all of these styles to hopefully show you guys how easy they can be!
Have a lovely day, thanks for reading 🙂