Curly to Straight Hair without Heat

Nearly everyone with curly hair has wanted to straighten their locks at one point or another. While struggling with my curls, I have always searched for a natural, damage-free way to flatten my hair.

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Luckily, some of them have brought significant results. While the methods mostly depend on the type of curls; regular treatment can give a promising result.

Are you excited to know the fruitful but heat-free methods? This article will lead the way to go from curly to straight hair without heat.

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1. Use Straightening Shampoo and Conditioner

What kind of shampoo do you use? Curly hair needs straightening shampoo with superior ingredients like polymers and silicones to minimize its tendency to curl up.  Shampoo like OGX Brazilian Keratin Smooth Shampoo can soften your hair and improve the texture.

A leave-in conditioner like OGX Brazilian Keratin Smooth Conditioner or a smoothing serum such as Giovanni Repairing Hair Oil Serum will make your hair smooth and silky. Regular use can give you the straight hair you want.

2. Massage Your Scalp with Hot Oil

Hot Oil Scalp Massage Massaging your scalp and hair with hot oil makes your hair straighten naturally. I usually mix some of my favorite oil; coconut oil, olive oil, and castor oil. They nourish hair from inside and grow new hair too. Mustard, almond, or tea tree oil can also be used.

Whichever you choose, heat it for a few seconds to one minute in a bowl until it feels warm to the touch. NOT HOT, just warm.  When the heat is just right, apply it both on your scalp and hair shaft and massage thoroughly. Leave it overnight or wait three to four hours before washing. Repeat this daily, or you can apply three to four times a week to see the magic.

Related: Best type 3 hair products.

3. Apply Homemade Egg Mask

Flattening your hair permanently at home without huge expenses and heat damage isn’t impossible at all. You can do this with an easy homemade mask. Aren’t you curious how? Well, take an egg from your kitchen and whisk it with one cup of olive oil. That’s it! Your mask is ready!

Put this mask on your scalp and hair. Then use a shower cap like Betty Dain Waterproof Shower Cap to cover your head. Keep this on for at least one hour to overnight, if possible, and wash with cold water and shampoo. You will get salon-type silky straight hair by using it every 15 days.

4. Use Hair Pack Made of Yoghurt and Banana

Yoghurt and Banana

If you cannot endure the odor of eggs, then you may try this hair pack. It’s easy to make as well as enriched with vitamins that restore the frizz and curliness of your hair. The ingredients are none other than banana and yogurt.

Smash a ripe banana and mix it well with two tablespoons of yogurt and the same amount of honey. Apply this pack on every inch of your hair and wrap with a shower cap for at least one hour. After that, wash it with shampoo and apply conditioner. You can repeat this twice a month. For very curly hair, you can use it once a week. 

5. Soak Your Hair with Extra Absorbent Towel

All your attempts will be meaningless if you rub your hair while soaking it after washing it. I had this bad habit that caused highly damaged hair; I am struggling to overcome it. Soaking wet hair with a microfiber towel like YoulerTex Microfiber Towel will absorb the water from it and make It less prone to frizz. You can wrap it in your desired shape until the hair dries to make it straight or wavy.

6. Wrap Wet Hair

Wrapping Wet Hair

There’s an easy way to strengthen your hair! You have to comb the wet hair and split it into several sections. Then wrap each section against your head and pin them up. After pinning every section, let it fully dry. You may need at least six hours for it to dry. A Silk scarf can be wrapped around your head to save it from frizz. After drying, you will find straight hair when revealed.

7. Use Big-sized Hair Rollers

For long hair, it’s hard to wrap it around your head. In this case, you can use soda can-sized rollers. You will need about six of them for it; plastic rollers work better. It’s almost the same as before; comb wet hair, and divide it into six parts, wrap the sections around the rollers and keep overnight. Your hair will be less voluminous and straight the next morning.

8. Brush Wet Hair till Dry

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Forget to roll your hair last night? There’s still a way that doesn’t take much time. Brushing wet hair frequently until it dries helps a lot. While brushing, pull your hair tightly, and hold it for a few minutes. Repeating this technique makes your hair straighten out.

9. Use Hair Bands on Ponytail

While staying at the dorm, I saw many girls covering ponytails from root to tip with hairbands. I wondered why they do that! It became clear when I was searching for a remedy for damaged hair. This technique is handy to protect your hair from breakage and make it straight.

First, apply some leave-in conditioner or light oil such as Nutiva Virgin Coconut Oil all over your hair. Then you can make one or two ponytails and then add more soft hairbands like Hoyols Seamless Cotton Hair Band accordingly to the tip. It’s better if the hair is moist or wet.

Wrapping the curly hair ponytail with a silk or satin cloth before banding is preferable to avoid extra curves, but tying up the pony will work the same if it isn’t possible. Keep it on overnight, and the next morning you will wake up with your hair ready.

10. Make a Hair Bun

Hair Bun

Inspired by the Japanese top bun hairstyle, I started to make a bun on top of my head daily. Surprisingly, I noticed that my hair started to flatten. It won’t straighten dense curls, but it will stretch your hair naturally.

Wet hair that’s long enough to make a bun is good to go. Brush your hair, then knot a bun on top of your head and leave it for hours. It will give you a lovely wavy pattern, or even a straight style, depending on how curly your hair is. 

11. Blow Dry Your Hair with Cool Air

You cannot use heat, but that doesn’t mean you will throw away the hairdryer entirely. Most blow dryers have a cold air setting that emits cool air. When other natural techniques don’t straighten Type 3 curly hair, you can use this method. Don’t forget to get these must-have curly hair tools.

To start, apply some blow-dry cream such as Shea Moisture Blow Dry Creme after combing your hair. Then use both your fingers and a comb to straighten your hair. Hold the hair straight for a few seconds and keep blowing cold air, continuing this process till dry. It will take more time than a flat iron, but worth trying.

Bottom Line

All of the above tips are time-consuming. If you need a quick result then my suggestion is to use a flat iron for curly hair which is suitable for type 3 hair.

Girls with curls tend to love their hair the way it is. Yet everyone wants to change styles sometimes. As curly hair tends to break and brittle more than straight hair, you must take action very carefully. Now have several ways to get straight hair from curly without heat. Try them all out and decide which works best for you!


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