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Give your straight hair more life and volume with these tips

by Lotte Lindgren on Jun 11, 2023

Read through by Dorthe Kristensen

Hairdresser and former co-owner of the award-winning hairdressing chain Zoom by Zoom
With many years of experience in the hairdressing industry, Dorthe has advised many customers about hair and hair care. Dorthe has read through this blog entry to ensure high quality and professionalism. This blog post is professionally updated on April 10, 2024.

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Straight hair can be beautiful and elegant, but it can also feel flat and lifeless. Fortunately, there are many ways to add volume to your straight hair and maintain it throughout the day. In this article, we will give you some tips to achieve a fuller hairstyle without compromising on the smooth style you want. Read on for our expert tips for getting the most out of your straight hair!

What is straight hair?

Straight hair is a hair type where each strand lies flat and in the same direction. It can be natural or achieved with the use of a straightener. Straight hair tends to look flat and lifeless, especially if not styled in the right way.

To give your straight hair more life and volume, you must first get hold of the right products. Use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner to add moisture without weighing hair down. Also avoid the over-use of hot styling tools such as curling irons or straighteners, as this can damage your hair over time.

Characteristics of straight hair

Smooth hair has the advantage of reflecting more light and giving a glossier appearance. It is typically easier to detangle than curly hair due to its smooth texture. But keep in mind that straight hair tends to sit closer to the scalp than curls and therefore often lacks volume - this can be a challenge.

Smooth hair reflects more light and gives a shiny appearance, but may lack volume. Movement with a straightener gives volume to the hair.

To make your straight hair look fuller and livelier, follow some simple steps. A good tip is, above all, when you use a straightener or heating iron on your hair, you should not hold the iron in the same place for too long. The movement with the iron gives the hair volume and holds better throughout the day!

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What makes straight hair flat and lifeless?

Overwashing your hair with too frequent shampooing can be one of the causes of flat and lifeless hair. It can strip the scalp of natural oils that are needed to keep hair healthy and full. In addition, using heavy styling products can also weigh the hair down, giving it less volume.

Too hot water during hair washing must be avoided as it can also damage your smooth hair by removing the natural oils from your scalp. The use of straighteners or curling irons for a long time or in very hot conditions can also affect the structure of your straight hair negatively over time. Therefore, always make sure to protect your hair from the harmful effects by using a heat protectant before using a heating iron and limit the number of times you use the iron on the same section of hair, instead try other alternatives such as heat-free curls or perhaps twisting techniques without additional heat sources.

How to give straight hair more life and volume?

Give your straight hair more life and volume with these tips. To get more volume in your hair, you can start by using the right styling products, such as a mousse, curling cream, salt water spray or a volume spray. It is also important to choose the right haircut that gives movement to the hair and creates the illusion of more fullness.

If you want even more volume, touping can be a good solution. Plus, learn how to style your hair with heat tools to create texture and volume while protecting against heat damage. In addition to this, regular scalp massage can help with blood circulation and give your scalp a healthier environment for hair growth – which will also help you on your way to fuller locks!

Use the right styling products

Choose products specifically for straight hair, such as mousses or light serums. These will help create more volume and maintain the smoothness of your hair. Also use volume and texture sprays to add extra vibrancy.

Avoid heavy, oil-based products that can weigh hair down and make it look greasy. Instead, try lighter formulations that give a natural finish without weighing hair down. Always remember less is more when it comes to styling products!

Get the right haircut

Try a layered cut for more movement. This will give your straight hair a more vibrant look and create more volume. Avoid excessively long lengths that can weigh the hair down, as it can appear flat and lifeless. Ask your hairdresser for advice on the best cut for your hair; a professional assessment of your hair will help you choose the right haircut to highlight its natural features.

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Get more volume with toupee ring

Learn to use a comb with the root lifting technique to create volume at the hair roots. Using this technique, you can lift and separate the hair for a fuller look. Toupee only the top of your hair for a natural look. It is important not to toup the entire hair, as this can look unnatural. Combine toupee ring with volume spray or hair powder for extra volume. These products also provide durability and make it easier to style your hair the way you want.

However, always remember to be careful when touping your hair, as repeated treatment can damage your hair roots and lead to breakage or split ends. Therefore, only use the technique occasionally and always ensure thorough care after styling for optimally healthy straight hair with more volume!

Learn how to style your hair with heat tools

To add more life and volume to your straight hair, heating tools can be a great help. But it is important that you use them in the right way to avoid damage to the hair. First of all, you should always use a good heat protection before styling with, for example, straighteners or curling irons.

When styling your hair, it can also be a good idea to vary the size of the sections so that the result is more natural and voluminous. It is also important not to over-treat the hair with the heat - so try several smaller strokes rather than one big stroke with the tool.

Make use of scalp massage

Massage your scalp daily in circular motions using your fingers or a special massage comb/glove. A good scalp massage can increase blood flow and stimulate hair growth, meaning your straight hair will look healthy and full. Apart from this, it is also a great way to reduce stress.

Here are some tips on how you can use scalp massage to give your straight hair more life:

  • Massage your scalp for at least 5 minutes every day
  • Use circular motions and vary the intensity
  • Try different massage combs/gloves to find one that suits you
  • Put some pressure on specific areas where you feel tension
  • Use essential oils such as tea tree, lavender or rosemary for additional effect

As soon as you have made the massage a part of your routine, you will experience a positive difference not only in the appearance of your hair but also in your general well-being.

How do you maintain volume and life in straight hair?

To maintain fullness and life in straight hair, it is important to use the right products. Using dry shampoo can be an effective way to add texture and volume without having to wash your hair every day. In addition to dry shampoo, a good styling product such as mousse can also help create more volume in the hair at the roots. However, it is important not to overload the hair with too much product as this can make it look greasy.

Another good method for preserving fullness and life in straight hair is by not washing it too often. Repeated washing removes natural oils from the scalp, which keep the hair healthy and shiny. If you want to minimize the number of times you have to wash your hair per week, you can try a mild shampoo and conditioner.

Use of dry shampoo and other products

Use volumizing shampoo to add more volume and life to your straight hair. Some shampoos contain ingredients that can help give hair more structure and volume. In addition, a salt water spray can be a good way to create texture without weighing the hair down.

Avoid heavy oils and conditioners as they can make your hair flat and greasy. Instead, try light products specially developed for straight hair, such as leave-in conditioner or serum.

Also remember to use heat protection before using heat styling products such as blow dryers or straighteners.

  • Use volumizing shampoo
  • Try a salt water spray for more texture
  • Avoid heavy oils and conditioners

Wash your hair less often

Use a dry shampoo between washes to avoid greasy hair. A milder shampoo can also be a good idea if you want to wash your hair less often. Also, it can help to tie your hair up at night to avoid greasy facial hair.

Follow these tips for more life and volume in your straight hair:

  • Use dry shampoo between washes
  • Switch to a milder shampoo
  • Tie your hair up at night

Use of hair masks

Choose a light conditioner or mask that does not weigh the hair down. When you have straight hair, it's important to choose products that don't weigh the hair down and make it look flat. Choose a light formula and avoid heavy oils.

Apply the mask only to the tips and avoid the scalp. Applying a mask to your entire hair including your scalp can lead to greasy or heavy looking hair. Make sure to only apply the mask to the ends of your hair for the best effect.

Leave the mask on for longer than indicated on the package for extra care. Normally, the manufacturer of the product will give you instructions on how long you should leave the mask on your wet locks, but if you want extra care, please leave it on a little longer - up to 30 minutes.

How to prevent hair from falling flat at night?

Sleep with a set to avoid flat hair in the morning. A simple 'top knot' will do the trick and is also a gentle way to protect hair from friction while you sleep. Alternatively, you can give your curls more volume by suddenly 'plumping' them lightly with your fingers before bed.

Another technique for more voluminous hair is to dry your hair at the root in an upside-down position after the bath or before bed. Use a blow dryer on a medium heat setting until your scalp is completely dry. This will contribute to increased lift and volume in your straight hair, so you wake up with a fresher look!

We also recommend always sleeping with a bamboo pillowcase in order to wear the hair as little as possible when you sleep.

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How to get straight hair?

There are several ways to achieve straight hair. Here are some tips for achieving straight hair:

1. Use a good shampoo and conditioner specially designed to straighten and tame hair.

2. Use a hair mask or moisturizing conditioner once a week to help hydrate and soften hair.

3. Use a heat protection spray before using a hot styling tool, such as a straightener or hair dryer.

4. Use a straightener to straighten your hair. Divide the hair into smaller sections and slowly pull the straightener down over each section.

5. To maintain the smooth look, you can use an anti-frizz serum or a hair product designed to keep hair smooth and shiny.

6. If you want to avoid hot styling tools, try making a natural hair mask with ingredients like honey, yogurt and egg whites, which can help soften and straighten hair

Straight hair FAQ

What temperature should the straightener be set to?

It depends on your hair type and texture. Generally speaking, it is recommended to set the straightener to a temperature between 180 and 200 degrees Celsius for fine hair or damaged hair, while thicker and curly hair requires a higher temperature of around 200 to 230 degrees Celsius. It is always important to start with a lower temperature and adjust it gradually until you find the optimal temperature for your hair. It is also important to use heat protectant products to protect your hair during the styling process.

Is it harmful to use straighteners daily?

Yes, it can be harmful to use straighteners on a daily basis. With frequent use, the heat from the straightener can lead to damage to the hair, such as breakage, dry and brittle hair and split ends. It can also lead to a reduced production of natural oils in the scalp, which can lead to an irritated and dry scalp. To minimize damage to the hair, you should not use straighteners daily, and you should always use a heat protectant on your hair before using straighteners.

How to protect your hair from heat from straighteners?

When you use straighteners to style your hair, you expose it to high temperatures, which can damage the hair and make it dry and unpleasant to look at. However, there are some steps you can take to protect your hair from the heat of the straightener.

1. Use a heat protectant spray: Before using your straightener, spray a heat protectant spray on your hair. This spray protects your hair from the heat and reduces the risk of damage.

2. Choose the right temperature: It is important to adjust the temperature of your straightener to suit your hair type. If you have fine hair, use a lower temperature, while thick hair can handle a higher temperature.

3. Do not use the straightener on wet hair: It is important to let your hair dry completely before using the straightener. Wet hair is more vulnerable to heat and can be easily damaged.

How can you get a long-lasting straight hair result?

There are several ways to achieve a long-lasting smooth hair result.

First of all, it is important to have a good hair care routine, where you use products that have been specially developed to give shine and strength to the hair. In addition, it is a good idea to avoid hot styling tools such as straighteners and blow dryers, as the heat can damage the hair and cause it to frizz.

Another option is to have a professional keratin treatment done. Keratin treatments are a popular method of achieving smooth and shiny hair, as they add a protective keratin coating to the hair that can last for several months. However, it is important to choose a reliable hairdresser who is experienced in this type of treatment.

Finally, you can also consider investing in permanent straightening. This is a more permanent solution where the hair is treated with chemicals to achieve the desired result. However, it is important to be aware that this can damage the hair in the long run.

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