In both men and women, hair is a big part of our personality. However, it’s probably safe to say that women spend more time and effort on their hairstyles. While there are practically endless variations when it comes to women’s hair, there are two predominant basic styles that are the most common — straight and curly hair.
So, which one is the best for you? And is straightening your hair all that it’s cracked up to be? We’ll explore these questions below.
Even if you’re not a big hair aficionado, you’re probably aware of the fact that it’s not recommended to style your hair on a daily basis. You want your hair to be as healthy as it can be — though we must bear in mind that each set of hair is unique and that there aren’t many rules. When you stumble upon a hair styling routine that fully suits you, the advice that some random blogger gives you won’t seem as important.
However, you also need to get to know your hair in order not to go overboard. The most significant deciding factor here is the condition of your current hairstyle. For instance, flat ironing isn’t always the best thing to do. There are hairbrush straighteners that do less damage to your hair and are far more suitable for hair that’s not in a healthy state. If you notice that your hair is damaged or dry, these are your best bet.
Also, think about what you’ve done to your hair in the past, and what it’s been through. Have you undergone any chemical straightening — or perhaps you’ve colored your hair extensively in the past? All of this means that your hair has suffered enough damage for flat ironing to be used conservatively in the future. If you can live with curly hair, we also recommend not putting your hair through any more direct heat.
On average, hair styling is deemed excessive if you do it more often than once each week. And if you want your hair to be straight even if it’s naturally curly — make sure you provide it with enough conditioning to maintain its health. For instance, before you apply any heat to the hair, you need to be sure that you’ve dried it entirely and conditioned and shampooed it before.
If you apply a flat iron to dirty hair, the only thing that you’ll do is “cook” the molecules of oil and grease found therein — this, in turn, means even more damage. Wanting to have straight hair is all well and good, but you simply need to keep in mind that even if you only use a flat iron once a week, it still does damage to your hair. It’s just less damage than you’d sustain if you did it more often.
Of course, many people simply can’t live with curly hair. Many women think that men find straight hair more attractive, or that it makes them seem more severe in a professional environment. All of these things are subjective and a matter of personal taste with both men and women. But at the end of the day, your reasoning doesn’t matter — you may still want straight hair. In that case, apply the flat iron no more than once each week, and make sure that you carefully monitor your hair for signs of deteriorating health. See if you’re not getting too many split ends, or brittle and dry curls.
Timely hair treatments are essential for the health of your hair — but we’re all aware of the fact that life isn’t perfect clockwork. That means your schedule for hair straightening can’t be perfect all the time.
However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Your hair could really use a rest from thermal styling from time to time — if you can manage a couple of weeks without it in regular intervals, your hair would have the time it needs to recover. We hope this brief guide was of use to you and that you’ve learned something new today. Make sure you are staying safe and have a good one, guys!