Straightening Short Hair
The Art Of Straightening Short Hair
Depending upon the texture of the hair, straightening short hair is easier for some people than for others. Generally speaking, straightening long hair is much easier, and the shorter one's hair the more of a battle it can become. There are several fairly common ways of straightening short hair, including ironing, using a straightening shampoo, using of a relaxing chemical, and undergoing a procedure known as thermal reconditioning.
Straightening Short Hair By Ironing - Ironing the may sound a little silly to those of us who are not experts in the matter, or don't have curly hair to begin with. Our mind's eye may picture a short-haired young lady with her head placed on an ironing board while Mom irons her locks using a regular iron, hopefully set on low. Maybe it used to be done that way, and one could understand someone with shoulder-length hair trying that approach, but for someone with hair that may only be 6 to 8 inches long, it seems downright dangerous.
Straightening short hair by ironing isn't dangerous, and can be very effective, thanks to the availability of hand-held, ceramic flat irons. With these irons one could do the straightening themselves, though having someone else do the ironing would probably go smoother, faster, and yield a better result. In fact, one can have these irons heating to around 400 degrees without endangering a person's scalp.
Straightening Short Hair By Shampooing – Straightening hair by using a straightening shampoo (coupled with a straightening conditioner) is probably the easiest method of all, and is certainly a straightening method that can be done by the owner of the head of hair. Not all straightening shampoos are alike, so one needs to read the labels to see if the shampoo in question is a match for that particular person's hair type. The differences even extend to hair length, with the formulas for shampoos designed to straighten short hair differing from those used in long hair straightening shampoos.
A typical hair straightening shampoo may contain 20 or more different ingredients, many of which are difficult to pronounce, but some, like castor oil, wheat protein, and vitamin B5, are quite familiar. The number of ingredients suggests that lots of research and a large number trails have gone into finding formulas that do the job. The shampoos function to weigh the hair down, while at the same time protecting it against humidity, and thus any tendency to curl. By shampooing fairly often, the hair can usually be kept straight, but many choose to combine a straightening shampoo with ironing for superior results.
Straightening Short Hair Chemically - Short hair that is very curly or even kinky can be straightened effectively with chemicals. These chemicals, in combination, are referred to as hair relaxers. When one has a perm, the chemicals work to curl the hair, and when one uses a relaxer, the chemicals used have the opposite effect. The chemicals used as hair relaxers are very strong, and it is highly recommended that hair straightening be done in a salon, and never at home. A few do-it-yourself sessions with one of these hair relaxing and straightening agents could result in short, straight hair, accompanied by scalp burns and even a few new bald spots, as the strong chemicals, in making contact with the scalp, can in some instances result in hair loss.
Straightening By Thermal Reconditioning - Another hair straightening technique which is also done in the salon, is called thermal reconditioning, and as the name implies, involves both the use of a straightening and conditioning compound plus the use of an iron. This is the most effective method of all for straightening short hair, or any length of hair for that matter. Once the hair is straightened it will stay that way. The downside of the method is the cost, which can be several hundred dollars, or even a thousand, if one frequents an upscale hair salon. That may not seem to be too high a price to pay if you want permanently straight hair, but it should be noted that as hair grows out, the new growth will follow the old pattern, which may be curly or wavy, necessitating repeated treatments. Thermal reconditioning is the way to go if you have plenty of money and nothing else to spend it on.