Hair straightening is a hair styling technique or service used to make hair look sleek and elegant. Blow-drying and flat ironing are the two most common ways to provide smooth cuticle layers and achieve sleek, graceful hairstyles without the use of chemicals. Heat-styling tools only temporarily change hair texture. Keratin hair treatment is a semi-permanent hair straightening service that gradually fades over time. Chemical relaxing and Japanese Hair Straightening are techniques that permanently reform the structure of hair, making it stay straight and sleek.
A good way to make creating a straight hairstyle easier is washing your hair with a straightening shampoo and conditioner. There are many shampoos and conditioners that claim to offer hair straightening benefits. Here’s how these products work and what makes them different from regular shampoos and conditioners.
Do Straightening Shampoos Make Your Hair Straight?
There are some limitations to what rinse-out products can do for making your hair appear straight. Here’s what they won’t do:
- Any rinse-out product such as shampoo or conditioner won’t fully straighten hair.
- The best straightening conditioner or shampoo will not transform your curly hair into straight hair.
- These products cannot outdo a flat iron or a blow dryer in straightening the hair.
- Straightening shampoos and conditioners are not nearly as effective as chemical straightening treatments.
Here’s what a straightening shampoo will do:
- Helps you keep frizz under control
- Leaves hair detangled and make it easy to comb
- Leaves hair smooth, silky, and shiny
- Cuts down styling time and makes hair easier to straighten using a flat iron or blow dryer
- Helps create more defined curls or waves
- Less heat will be required to get the look you want
- Your blowout and your straight styles will last longer
How Straightening Shampoos Differ from Regular Shampoos?
Straightening shampoos contain higher levels of conditioning agents like silicones and polymers that can stick to your hair. These ingredients stay in the hair and work against the hair’s natural tendency to frizz and get poofy.
These shampoos need to be used in the same way as regular shampoos. The product should be evenly distributed through your hair using a wide-tooth comb. Straightening shampoo works best when paired with hair straightening conditioner and followed up with a leave-in conditioner and a smoothing serum.
Why are Silicones Added to Shampoos and Conditioners?
Silicones are very effective smoothing ingredients that make hair sleek, more manageable, and frizz-free. Silicone agents in hair products form a thin, waterproof coating around the hair shaft. This microfilm around hair helps reduce porosity and prevents hair from absorbing moisture from the air. Silicone smooths the hair’s cuticle, which increases light reflection and intensifies the luster and glossiness. It also lubricates the surface of the hair so hair can be easily combed and detangled.
Silicone ingredients in hair products can be identified by the suffix -cone, -conol, or -xane at the end of the chemical name on the ingredient panel.
Disadvantages of Silicones in Hair Care Products
- Silicone coats the hair shaft creating a smooth and shiny hair. But this protective coating prevents moisture and other valuable ingredients to penetrate the hair shaft.
- This fine silicone coating on the hair prevents any hair treatments from working and prevents hair dye from sticking to the hair.
- Products containing silicone can leave a residue which builds up in the hair, making it look dull, lifeless, and greasy.
- Silicone residues are difficult to wash out. To get rid of them you have to use a sulfate containing shampoo. Sulfates tend to dry out your hair, making it more prone to frizz and have a damaging effect on your hair and scalp.
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Living Proof No Frizz product line was created in a lab as an alternative to silicone-based anti-frizz products.
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