Having really wavy hair can be a blessing for men but most of the time, it can be a curse so learning how to straighten wavy hair is vital to most guys even some women.
Steps to Straighten Wavy Hair for Guys
There are many techniques that men can use to achieve straight hair but what needs to be remembered is that taking care of the hair when using any straightener is more important. The hair is very fragile and although hair does grow back, damage to the scalp can cause permanent harm.
- Before jumping into the straightening process, you first have to recognize the type of hair you have. There are different types of straightening tools for different types of hair. You, therefore, need to determine whether your hair is coarse, fine, thick or just susceptible to humidity which causes the wave.
- You also need to consider whether you would like to permanently get rid of the wave or just temporarily have straight hair. You find that some men just want to change their look for a short while but enjoy their wavy hair.
- Once you have figured out what type of hair you have and whether you want a straight look forever then you may proceed. There are straightening creams, hair relaxers as well as a straightening iron available for getting hair straight.
- The first two are however permanent and mostly meant for really thick hair to help control it. However, once again, there are different straighteners and relaxers for different hair. You get one for really coarse hair and then for normal hair.
- Technology has made straightening hair even easier with the hair iron. In the beginning, the curling iron uses to be a huge craze and suddenly everyone had waves. Now straightening hair with flat iron is taking the world by storm.
- Different brands, with products that are stronger than others, they all have one thing in common. They all aim at getting rid of the curl and locking in the sleek. You might find that more expensive ones are more effective while cheaper ones don’t keep your hair straight for long.
Watch The Following Video Tutorial to DIY Straighten Your Natural Wavy Hair
Straightening irons are a temporary solution to a straight look. Used in conjunction with a straightening cream and relaxer it guarantees a super sleek look. However, before using these irons you need to use protective products on your wavy hair. There is an array of serums, sprays, lotions that protect the hair from heat damage and add shine for a more refined look.
Welcome to our Hair Consultations column. Bill Angst is a celebrity hairstylist and the owner of Angst Hair in Toronto, Canada. To request an online hair consultation, follow the instructions here.
Q: Hi Bill, and greetings from France! Everyone tells me that I should change the look of my hair because it doesn't suit me, but I have absolutely no idea where to start. The style and colour are dull, aging and unflattering.
Emma has dark brown, shoulder-length hair.
I've always had dark brown, wavy hair—although just how curly it wants to be seems to be constantly changing. I recently grew it out from being very short to just below shoulder-length.
It's always a bit flat on top and thick at the bottom, creating a triangular effect that I don't like. I find the shape of my hair makes me look plumper and older than I actually am.
Emma dislikes how her curly hair takes on a triangle shape.
I also have to use a lot of products and a lot of heat to keep it from becoming frizzy, and the colour washes me out.
I'm willing to do as much maintenance as possible to keep it looking good, so the sky is the limit. Can you provide any guidance as to what I could do to salvage my hair and make it look more attractive? Thanks! — Emma
A: Emma, thank you for your consultation request. You have amazing facial features. You really can't go wrong with any hairstyle.
The "triangle hair" that you describe is happening because your hair is all one length.
Adding some long layers, starting from the chin down, will help to take out some of the weight and create a better shape.
Katharine McPhee at the 2013 amfAR New York Gala.
Sonia Moskowitz/Globe Photos
This layered cut will give your natural waves a lot more movement. Using a wand or curling iron will help to enhance and smooth your curls.
I can also see you with your hair a little longer.
Minka Kelly at the 2012 Art of Elysium Heaven Gala.
With the added length, plus using a styling tool, you'll again diminish the triangle shape that you would like to avoid.
Flip around your part to change up the look. Here is an example of the same long waves but with a middle part.
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Nikki Reed at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
Here is another favourite style of mine for your pretty face—wearing your hair half-back. Either leave a few curls in front:
Natalie Portman at AFI Fest 2010.
Graham Whitby Boot/Allstar/Globe Photos
Or have your hair completely off your face and behind your shoulders:
Ashley Greene at the 2012 Los Angeles premiere of 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.'
With this idea, you're reducing the triangle effect by pinning the bulk of your hair back. Your neck is exposed and you will look statuesque.
It's also a great way to add height at your crown. I don't think a cut would do that for you, as from what I am seeing, your hair grows flat on the top. So I would learn to work with this as you consider a new style.
Monsoons aren’t a curly girl’s best friend, let me tell you that. Why? FRIZZ! Lot’s of it! Over on my Instagram, I often get messages like below:
“My hair isn’t really curly but dry and frizzy. “
“My curls look great when they’re wet but they become poofy and frizzy when they dry!”
“My curls look good only on wash day! Next day it’s a cloud of frizz.”
Okay my curly haired fam – here’s the deal – Curly hair is naturally frizzy. We’ve got the driest texture of the lot & frizz is just a happy camper aboard the wavy & curly hair express. You gotta get okay living with it! Embrace it, life will get easier this way 😉
You can obviously reduce the poofy halo though. Follow the tips below – few are mentioned in my post on dry curly hair that I have repeated for this post ( to drive the point home in your heads 😀 ) & few are new! If you personally have a tip that will help other curly hair peeps, don’t forget to comment below!
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Don’t brush your curls dry
When you comb your curls dry, you disturb it’s pattern & this results in frizz. So comb it wet after you’ve applied conditioner inside the shower. Outside, add a leave in conditioner when hair is still wet & comb again.
Don’t shampoo everyday
Switch to a moisturising conditioner and leave in conditioner
Increase quantity of conditioner and leave in conditioner.
Switch to a CG friendly routine
Check for glycerine & alcohol in your products
Glycerine free products perform better in humid conditions and products with it perform better in hot, drier season. So choose your leave in conditioner accordingly.
Also, look for products without common alcohols (Ethanol alcohol, Ethyl alcohol, Propanol alcohol, Alcohol denat, Isopropyl alcohol, Isopropanol alcohol
Benzyl alcoholor ). If it does have any of these, make sure it is in the bottom of the ingredients list. In this regard, do not use gels with alcohol in them, CG or Non CG.
Never do we battle with our long, thick hair so much as when it’s hot and sticky all day every day—namely for the three months it’s summer. Not only does the heat turn your hair into a veritable scarf, the humidity makes it all sorts of poofy and frizzy, expanding to its maximum puff. It can be overwhelming, but the solution doesn’t have to be an extreme chop.
If you love your long locks but can’t stand how they just shawl around your neck and shoulders (incubating more sweat than necessary on your body), you can seek refuge with a visit to your hairdresser. Turns out, you don’t even have to necessarily sacrifice length or shape to get a bit of relief from all the bulk of your hair.
‘Bulk’ is indeed the term to use when communicating to your hairdresser the target—and there are a few ways to “summerize” your haircut without losing length, depending on how daring you are.
Slicing. Layers are the obvious way to free up a very thick base of hair (base, meaning where the ends of your hair fall). Kristen Hetland demonstrated how she does this to us at Sally Hershberger Salon Downtown New York City, by taking small sections of hair and slicing straight back at a 45 to 180 degree angle in the ends to thin them out. This frees them up for a bit more movement.
Texturize. If you’re looking for that perfectly imperfect bedhead look, you’re going to need a bit of texture. Luckily, texturizing your hair has the added benefit of also lightening up the weight. While wavy hair wears this naturally well, you can still texturize straight or curly hair. Your hairdresser will essentially use a razor or thinning shears to cut strategic layers into your hair to give it natural movement. Styling with a pliable mousse or salt spray gives the cut that mussed-up look that can add volume without feeling heavy or too coiffed.
Internal Cutting. Sometimes referred to as the “chipping method,” this is when your hairdresser will snip small sections of hair somewhere in the middle of the shaft, from a section hidden beneath a few layers of hair. Generally, this is done if you already have naturally thick hair. It might feel like a big chop in relation to the rest of your length, but since it’s hidden inside layers, it’s an invisible cut. This calls for more random targeting than precise slicing but can remove quite a bit of bulk without changing the overall shape. Also, there’s a good chance that you won’t even be able to find the “chipped” bits when you hair is done being styled.
Slithering. This is done by dragging open scissors along the hair shaft, opening and closing them gently to create layers. This is best when you want to keep your hair long but lighten it up without concrete visible layers.
Undercutting. Definitely for the bold—or anyone who doesn’t mind an awkward grow-out phase—undercutting has a functional purpose as well as gives you a bit of an edge. Depending on how visible you want it, buzzing sections of your hair at the nape of your neck will remove the most bulk (and offer a nice breezy patch around your neck) and remain invisible as long as you keep your hair down. Throw it up in a pony or bun and you have an edgy detail to flaunt.
Big hair is always in style but for some people with thick hair — it’s not always glitz and glam. More hair means more work and thick hair can have the tendency to get poofy and frizzy , leaving you longing for a sleeker look. Luckily, we’ve got some solutions that can help you manage your thick hair so that you can transform it into various styles you love. From choosing the best hair care products for thick hair to styling your hair in a way that makes your mane more tamed, here’s what you need to know.
1. Choose The Right Shampoo And Conditioner
The first step to managing thick hair starts with the products you apply. Choose a shampoo and conditioner that will help the hair look and feel smoother. The L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy ShampooSulfate-Free Frizz Defy Shampoo With Marula Oil and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Frizz-Defy Conditioner can help provide long-lasting frizz control thanks to its nourishing ingredients, such as marula oil , which helps to moisturize and hydrate dry, frizzy hair.
Editor’s Tip: Be sure to steer clear of volumizing shampoos and conditioners since these can make your hair look even bigger.
2. Wash Your Hair In Cool Water
Hot water is not exactly your hair’s best friend—thick hair or not. Hot water can strip your hair of essential oils, leaving it feeling dry and looking dull. This can lead to the appearance of frizz, which can make thick hair look even bigger.
Cooler water temperatures will help keep your hair cuticles sealed, in turn making your hair look healthier and stronger. So, the next time you hop into the shower, make sure to do a lukewarm rinse at the end of your hair wash routine .
3. Add A Hair Treatment To Your Routine
If your thick hair tends to feel rough, incorporate a hair treatment , like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive 8 Second Wonder Water Lamellar Hair Treatment , into your weekly hair care routine. Rough hair can look frizzy and poofy, so keep your thick hair nourished with this fast-working hair treatment. Its formula includes wheat proteins that help retain moisture in the hair, making it less prone to dryness. It will leave your strands silkier, shinier, and healthier-looking in just eight seconds. Use two to three times a week on wet hair after shampooing, massage for eight seconds then rinse thoroughly.
4. Apply Hair Cream Before Blow-Drying
To keep that perfect blow-drying look and fight humidity , using a hair cream or oil can help control your hair and keep it in place. Before blow-drying, apply the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Treatment , which can help provide long-lasting frizz control and heat protection. Apply it to damp hair, then blow-dry for a sleek look.
Editor’s Tip: In general, shop for hair styling products that can give your hair a sleek finish, since this can help prevent thick hair from looking too voluminous.
5. Use A Leave-In Or A Serum
A styling serum can help to add shine to your strands and make your hair look slick. To keep your thick hair how you desire, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Frizz Killer Serum Leave-In , which can help soften, tame, and define hair for shiny, polished frizz-free strands. If you’re working with curly hair, turn your attention to the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Super Curls Cream Leave-In . This conditioner deeply nourishes and defines your hair for soft and bouncy curls and waves.
6. Try Flat Ironing Your Hair
Flat ironing your hair can leave it looking smooth and sleek—and less thick than it really is. To get the best results with your flat iron, always make sure to straighten your hair when it’s fully dry. Your hair is most fragile when it’s wet, and flat ironing wet hair could lead to damage. Make sure you apply a heat protectant , like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Heat Slayer Pre-Iron Spray Leave-In , before reaching for your flat iron and use it on the lowest heat setting to prevent damage.
If hot tools aren’t your thing there are also non-heat intensive solutions you can try, such as keratin treatments or silk presses (for the natural hair lovers).
7. Get A Haircut
You can also ask for layers to keep your hair in a more manageable style. A graduated bob or long layers are two of the best haircuts for thick hair . Before your hairstylist starts cutting away, go in for a consultation and express your thick hair concerns so that they can determine which haircut will please you the most and offer you the best results.
Don’t get us wrong; we’re just as excited as the next person for the official start of summer—trips to the beach, outdoor BBQs, warm, sunny weather—but one thing we’re not excited about is frizz. While some of us are more prone to it than others (curly-haired girls we’re looking at you), the humid summer months have a way of turning even the sleekest hair types among us into a poufy, frizzy mess, making it perhaps the one universal problem we can all get behind. Just because it’s an inevitable part of summer though doesn’t mean you have you hide beneath a hat all season long. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite tips and tricks to help keep your hair sleek, smooth, and frizz-free from Memorial Day all the way through Labor Day.
Wait, what causes frizz anyway?
Before we dive into all of the genius ways to combat frizz, it’s probably helpful if we explain what causes frizz in the first place. While for some people it’s just a part of their DNA, frizz typically occurs due to a lack of moisture in the hair. When your hair is dry, damaged, or chemically treated, the outer layer of the strand (a.k.a the cuticle) becomes raised, as opposed to laying flat and smooth, allowing moisture from the surrounding air to enter, causing it to swell and turn into frizz. Therefore, the more hydrated your hair is, the more the cuticle layer will lie flat, leaving you with smooth, flyaway-free strands.
How to tame frizz once and for all
1. Choose a sulfate-free, glycerin-packed shampoo + conditioner.
While we always make it a point to stay away from products containing sulfates (those cleansing agents responsible for the rich lather in shampoos) it’s especially important to do so when you’re dealing with frizz as sulfates strip and dehydrate your strands, causing them to become dry and, you guessed it, frizzy. In addition to reaching for sulfate-free formulas, we also recommend looking for ones that are packed with glycerin, which helps combat frizz by penetrating the hair and hydrating it from the inside out. It’s also an excellent humectant, meaning it absorbs the extra moisture in the air and creates a protective coating around the outside of the hair to help lock in moisture. Not sure where to start in your product search? Look no further! Our customized shampoos and conditioners not only check off both of those boxes, but they also give you the option to add a number of frizz-fighting hair goals to your formula, including “anti-frizz,” “shine,” “straighten,” and curl definition,” so your hair can stay smooth and healthy all year-round.
2. Use a deep conditioning mask at least once a week.
For an extra boost of hydration reach for a rich, deep conditioning mask at least once a week. A high-quality hair mask will not only help moisturize your hair from the inside-out but also protect it from things like heat damage and split-ends—two things that also make your hair more prone to frizz.
3. Ditch your regular hair towel.
Using the wrong towel can literally make or break your hair (specifically the latter), as your hair is in its most vulnerable state when it’s fresh-out-of-the-shower wet. Rather than using a harsh cotton towel, which can cause friction, frizz, and breakage, reach for a plush microfiber towel instead. The towel’s softer fabric is not only more gentle on your strands but also specially designed to help dry your hair faster, thus reducing the amount of swelling that occurs in wet hair, which is what makes it vulnerable to frizz and damage.
4. Use a diffuser when drying your hair.
Listen up, curly-haired girls—this one is for you! When drying your hair, be sure to add a diffuser attachment onto your blow dryer to help limit the amount of direct heat and forceful air hitting your strands. By using a diffuser, you’ll be able to keep your hair from being tossed around too much while you dry, in turn, creating less friction and thus, less frizz.
Have you ever left the salon after getting your curls cut only to find you’ve fallen victim to the dreaded triangle haircut? We’ve all been there. Here’s some guidance on how to avoid finding yourself with a head full of triangular shaped curls and to get the haircut of your dreams.
How does triangle hair happen?
Triangle hair happens when stylists who aren’t well informed regarding curly hair leave too much hair behind when cutting your curls. Many stylists believe that more weight is necessary, especially on the ends of curls, to hold your strands in place. In order to get your curls to lighten up, you actually need to remove weight from your strands. It seems counter intuitive, but it’s the right move. Additionally, when you request layers, you might need to remind your stylist to avoid long layers, as this will still weigh down your strands.
What to do:
When you’re consulting with your stylist regarding your next haircut, let them know you are looking for a cut that will incorporate shorter layers. Short layers will remove excess weight, which will allow your curls to spring up and become more defined. It doesn’t matter what length your curls are currently; work with your stylist to develop a plan for a haircut that will incorporate shorter layers.
Why shorter layers?
The goal here is to decrease bulk. Shorter layers, as well as chipping into your curls will help achieve the goal of removing excess bulk and allowing curls to spring up. When working with your stylist, request that they do not use thinning shears on your curls. Thinning shears will remove bulk, but takes out the structure of your curls. Ask that your stylist prewash and style your curls before beginning their cut. This will allow them to see how your curls fall. Your stylist should cut your hair dry, this way they can also accommodate for how much length will be lost due to shrinkage.
Curly beards typically have the same hair volume as straight beards while looking much fuller. Reason is the beard hair follicles form an oval shape and curve as they exit the facial skin. The result is curly facial hair growing if various directions, giving a fuller appearance.
Wavy beards are known for their curly growth style, which typically includes wiry, crinkly or fuzzy hair follicles. Some beards get wavier with longer lengths while others have tightknit curls requiring extra management.
Whether you want to amp up your waves or tame your beard, we’ve put together a complete guide to help you tame your curly facial hair and get that quality beard style you deserve.
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Wavy Beard Styles We Love
You should embrace your natural beard, but we admit it’s difficult to style a beard that frizzes up easily and always gets tangled. If you do keep your waves, here are a few beard styles that work perfectly for curly or wavy hair textures:
Let your wavy beard grow out for a unique look. Image source: Boston Magazine.
Where Does Wavy Beard Hair Come From?
Your beard’s natural texture is a combination of genetics and hygiene. Some people inherit naturally curly beards, while others have wiry, bushy facial hair. Genes are also responsible for growth rate, color, and patchy beards.
To some extent, there isn’t much you can do to get rid of curly beard hair forever, but if you have hair that’s tough to detangle or tightly coiled in certain spots, you can use a comb and beard care products to straighten your hair.
With proper brushing and beard oil, it’s possible to moisturize and soften your beard hair, which makes it easier to trim and style. I like grabbing a beard grooming kit so I can get a full range of products in one shot.
How to Tame a Wavy Beard?
First, it’s best to decide if you want your beard to have a slight curl or if you’d rather straighten your beard altogether.
In some cases, the best choice may be to crop your beard to a short length to keep it from growing frizzy waves.
However, we want to give you a step-by-step approach to taming a curly beard.
1. Beard Care Routine
We find it’s best that all beardsmen have these tools in their grooming arsenal:
- Electric trimmers or razor
- Multiple combs or guards for your electric trimmer
- Barber shears or trimming scissors (preferably double-sided wood beard comb) or beard conditioner
While brushing out your beard may lead to a bushy look, you must conquer the brush out in order to trim it down and style it the way you want to.
2. How to Style
To clean up your beard waves, kick off your beard care routine with a quick wash, using a beard shampoo or beard wash specially formulated for your face. This means it doesn’t include harsh sulfates, dyes, or alcohol.
- Wash your beard thoroughly (try an argan oil wash)
- Dry your beard completely
- Comb out curls and brush down with a boar bristle brush or comb
- Once hair is fully brushed out, it’s now ready for trimming and styling
3. How to trim
If you want to keep your waves, then you probably want to let your beard grow out. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t trim up the sides and line your edges under your cheeks and around your mustache.
A short beard style may be easier to maintain if you don’t want to manage your curls.
- Use a 3 or 4 mm guard for medium thick beards
- Trimming shears work best for longer beard styles when keeping the length starting at the cheeks, sides, and neckline using .5 to 2 mm guards
Beard shapers are great tools when you want a professional look with symmetrical sides and cheek definition.
4. Apply Beard Oil or Beard Balm
Award-winning beard championships never skip on a beard conditioning agent, such as a beard oil or beard balm. These beard softening products condition your beard hair and make it shine.
Even if you keep your beard short, you can still apply a dab of beard balm and brush it through ensure it gets absorbed into your hair and skin.
If keeping the length, you don’t have to do much else. Your beard hair will still be wavy, but with a bit of moisture, it won’t be as frizzy or hard to maintain. This is especially true if you want to style a ducktail beard.
5. Straighten Your Curly Beard
Blow drying your beard to fluff out and straight your facial hair is an option. However, there are new beard hair straighteners on the market that work to soften and straighten all beard types better than a blow dryer.
The best beard straighteners make hair more malleable and easier to style. They also won’t damage your beard while preserving your hair’s natural oils. See our Complete Beard Straightening Guide.
Some beard straighteners have a comb or brush made from titanium bristles, while others use ceramic plates instead.
I say show off your curls and would only recommend beard straightening if you truly want to get rid of the waves.
By Eric Melillo
I’m the co-owner of B&B. I live in Guilford, Connecticut and I’ve been obsessed with bald & beard styles & trends for over 20 years..