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Solving Straight Hair Problems

While you can’t control the genetic makeup that gave you straight hair instead of wavy or curly, you can take control of how you care for it. From oily roots to split ends, here are solutions to common straight hair problems.



Problem: My hair is limp and flat.

Solution: It could be that you’re using too much conditioner, and it's weighing your hair down. And since straight hair often has the gloss that conditioners offer naturally, it’s not necessary to lather on a conditioner every day. Instead, use a lightweight conditioner like Biolage Hydra Aqua Gel every other or every third day, and apply it only from mid-length to the ends of your hair.



Problem: My naturally straight hair tends to get oily, fast.

Solution: Wash your hair using a mild shampoo like DESIGNLINE Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. Be sure to avoid shampoos that contain ingredients like sulfate and alcohol because they can be especially damaging to straight hair.



Problem: My hair gets really bad snarls and knots.

Solution: How long has it been since your last haircut? Frequent and bad snarling is a sign of hair being due for a trim. But if snarls and knots are a routine problem, spray on a smoothing product like Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum onto damp hair, then comb through gently using a wide-tooth comb or a Wet Brush.



Problem: My hair’s oily at the roots, fried at the ends.

Solution: With straight hair, it's tempting to use blow-dryers, flat irons, curling irons often for styling, which can lead to heat damage and breakage. Always use a thermal protectant, like Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer Spray, to keep your hair safe from heat damage. And for the oiliness near the roots, try a few spritzes of a dry shampoo, like Sexy Hair H2NO Dry Shampoo. This should help absorb the excess oil.



Problem: My hair lacks volume, bounce, and movement.

Solution: Find a hair style that complements your straight hair and face shape. Bobs with lots of layers add volume and shape, and are an on-trend way to give straight hair lots of life and personality. Blow dry your hair upside down and use a round brush to get maximum volume or apply a volumizing mousse like DESIGNLINE Dream Mousse Weightless Styler and then scrunch your hair as you blow dry.



Problem: My hair has so many split ends.

Solution: There are a variety of reasons why we get split ends, but the two most common are blow drying and excessive brushing or combing. Once the ends split, there’s no way to repair it, but you can prevent the split from happening by using strengthening products like DESIGNLINE Mend the Ends. And getting a full haircut or trim every 6 to 8 weeks will keep the ends from getting weak and brittle.



For advice specific to your straight hair problems, ask your stylist. Having worked with your hair, your stylist is familiar with its texture and will be able to suggest the best products and solutions to your concerns.

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