When you have pin straight hair, curly locks seem like something, well, beyond the realm of possibility. You try every curling method in the book, and despite your best efforts, your hair falls flat. Think you’ve exhausted all of your options? Think again, because we’ve got some tips that will have you well on your way to bouncy, wavy locks.
Understand Your Hair Type
First things first, in order to make your straight hair look its best, you need to understand what works and what doesn’t. Straight hair can’t cooperate with as many products as thick, wavy hair can. It also gets greasy much more quickly. Ultimately, the best way to figure out what works for you is experimentation. Try out some of our tips and see which ones are the most suitable for you.
Reconsider Your Cut
Blunt chops are ideal for stick straight hair, because your hair looks fuller when all of the weight is in one place. Layers sometimes make your hair look thinner, which can make it even harder to create the illusion of texture. Next time you visit your stylist for a trim, ask him or her to make it all one length or throw in just subtle layers. If you are willing to make an even bigger change, pixie cuts are another idyllic option for straight hair. This short style is a great choice for straight hair, because the hair can be texturized in a way that just isn’t possible with long styles. Chat with your stylist to see what options they can create to make the most of your straight strands.
Sleep On It
If you are short on time, or just don’t really enjoy spending hours coiffing, take a stab at wet-styling your hair. Put your damp hair in two French braids before going to bed, and when you take them out in the morning, you’ll get some cute waves. Try twisting your wet hair into tight coils or rolling it into a bun to experiment with different types of curls and see which one looks best on you. Finish off your style with a little bit of curl mousse or texturizing mist and you’ll be well on your way to beautiful, beachy waves.
Sometimes the answer to all of your problems is right in front of you, or right under your sink with the rest of your hot tools. Curling irons are the most obvious way to make your hair curl, but sometimes you need a little extra help to make the look last. If a strong hair spray isn’t enough to make your hair hold a curl, try bunching up the warm coils and holding them in place with a bobby pin. Keep in mind that the smaller the barrel, the tighter the curls. Unless you want to end up looking like Shirley Temple (which is completely fine if you do!) make sure to gently brush out the curls with your fingers to create a beautifully undone look and then finish off with a spritz of hairspray.
Skip the Blow Dryer
This one might seem a little out of sorts, because every girl with pin straight hair knows they don’t stand a chance at full-bodied volume without a blow dryer. But if you are looking for an easy way to add a little texture to your ‘do, try ditching your blow dryer and go to bed with slightly damp strands. The added bonus? By eliminating any hot tools from your styling routine, you are protecting your hair from unnecessary heat damage.
Pick the Right Products
More often than not, pin straight hair is thin and can’t hold up against a lot of product. Heavy creams and serums weigh down straight hair. Remember that cocktails are not just for the bar, because creating the perfect “cocktail” of products could be just what you need to take your style to the next level. You may have found the perfect serum, but without the right shampoo and conditioner to prep, it’s unable to work its magic in the same way. Play around with different product combinations until you find out what gives your hair the best texture for holding a curl.
Take a Trip to the Beach
Even the straightest of strands don’t stand a chance against Mother Nature’s best styling product— salt water. If you live in a coastal area, take a trip to the beach the next time you want a little extra wave in your style. Don’t worry if you are landlocked, because there is an abundance of sea salt sprays that you can use to get the beachy texture at home. Just remember to keep these sprays away from your roots to ensure your hair doesn’t become greasy and matted.
Get a Perm
No, not like the disco girls in the 80’s, but sometimes you need a little chemical reinforcement to get the level of curl that you desire. While tight, coiled curls are still well within the realm of possibility, perms have evolved to create soft waves, cascading curls and essentially every other curly style you can think of. Work with a reputable stylist who has experience with perming to figure out what type of treatment is the best for you.
Know Your Limits
The grass isn’t always green on the other side. While we love curly hair, occasionally it’s best to embrace your straight hair texture and find a new, chic style that suits you. Sometimes your hair just needs a break from trying to transform it into something completely different from its natural state. While you should never give up on your dreams of curly hair, it’s important to be realistic to avoid damage that comes from excessive hot tools and product build-up.