How to Style Long Straight Hair

There are many ways to style long straight hair and people who are naturally blessed with strong, straight tresses can pretty much try whatever hairstyle that suits their mood. There are various options for styling long hair and if the client’s crowning glory is straight and smooth, you can try a few tried-and-tested tricks and styling techniques that will maximize, shine and improve volume.

How to Style Long Straight Hair

Test the quality and condition of the hair first by touching and assessing it visually. If hair is bogged down by product residue and the scalp is oily, use a deep cleaning shampoo to remove dirt, oils and residue. Follow up with a light conditioner and rinse.

If your hair is bouncy and healthy, try a slightly different strategy. To prep hair, pick a straightening shampoo and follow up with a straightening conditioner. Look for ingredients such as polymers, silicones and conditioning agents in the hair care products. Although the main role of these ingredients is to weigh down the hair, they do fill it in, smoothing it out so that the hair texture comes out smooth and straight.

You might also want to look for a product that contains guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, an ingredient that helps smooth out hair strands and prevent frizz. Wash and rinse hair thoroughly and squeeze, do not twist, dry. Use a towel to pat down hair (do not rub hair strands) and remove excess water.

Use a wide-toothed comb to remove any remaining tangles. When hair is just damp, begin the blow drying process using a dryer at medium setting and a paddle-shaped brush. Section hair and work from the back to the front.

Aim the blow dryer at the ends to avoid creating frizz. Work on the sections carefully, making sure that each section is smooth enough before moving on to the next section. Once done, brush the hair and finish off with light to medium hold mousse for a nice hold.

How to Style Long Straight Hair With a Flat Iron

The trusty flat iron is the go-to styling instrument for people who want sleek, shiny tresses. To style, begin by sectioning off parts of the hair. Lift a section of the hair from the roots and use a clip to keep it away from the section where you are working. Start at the bottom layers, such as the hair at the nape or just above the ears and work your way to the upper layers. Use a protective conditioner, cream or heat-protecting serum especially for over styled, treated or dry, brittle hair. The serum will prevent heat damage and keep hair structure smooth and stable. The serum is also the secret on how to style long straight hair that is red-carpet ready because it provides extra shine and softness.

If you do not have the time to style your long hair, you can always count on a beauty school salon. You will not only get the look that you wanted, but also save a few bucks.

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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Janet Diaz
Janet Diaz
10 years ago

Informative and helpful post. When ever going to style your hair straighten up, put olive oil to your hair and wrap it up with a towel before an hour you are going to take bath and wash your hair oil free. Let them dry and comb the hair that’s it. If your hair is more curlier then use flat iron with serum. But it is always good to less use of straighteners because heavy use of heating products can cause hair breakage and