I don't think there is anything more annoying than to take the time to blow dry your hair straight, take the time to straighten it with an iron only to spend a few hours outside to find yourself looking like a French poodle.
At least those of us that hear "I wished my hair was curly" comments all the time, wished to have your wash and go, straight hair.
Since I'm past my 30's now, I've tried enough products to fill a drug store or keep my family happy with all the free hand me downs as they aren't as picky as I am.
After various attempts to try straightening shampoos, conditioners, serums, lotions, foams, oils and so forth, I opted for shaving my head (not really).
Seriousily, I do have a routine and although it seems time consuming, you get used to it in no time and the results are great. My daughter, who has even bigger, curlier hair, spends about two hours a day straightening her hair as she skips the first two steps in my routine.
My routine now consists of the following:
- I let my hair dry wrapped in a towel for 15 minutes to reduce the amount of heat damage from the dryer and to find that optimal amount of dampness without have pre-frizzies due to over drying. This really is the key to getting smooth hair that lasts in my opinion.
- I love White Sand's Porosity the Fix. Just 3-4 sprays will do it as if you spray too much, you get that greasy look. Porosity leaves my hair smoother and softer even if I miss and dry my hair a little too late from the optimal dryness level I described above.
- Using a wide tooth, plastic brush, I dry my hair straight from root to end. If you want a little volume and lift, curl the hair up and over while drying near the roots. You can also spray a little rave first and then dry it for a "bump" look.
- I take my beloved Chi hair straightener and glide down small sections of my hair to remove the last of the frizzies.
- Lastly, I use Rave Hairspray Mega 4 to keep it in place (non-scented).
That usually does the trick and I can have smooth, sleek hair all day!