HOW TO GET FULL, STRAIGHT HAIR

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I normally wear my hair in loose waves, but since I just got a fresh cut + colour, I thought it would be fun to experiment with full, straight hair for a change. I think when going straight, it’s really important to have moisturized and shiny strands – straight hair really amplifies your hair’s condition, so you need to start with the right products.

1. WASH + CONDITION WITH HEAD & SHOULDERS SMOOTH AND SILKY SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER

You may be suprised to hear me recommending Head & Shoulders for this particular tutorial, but hear me out. When they approached me to collaborate I was surprised at how little I actually knew about their shampoo and conditioner. First of all, I always forget that your scalp is skin and needs to be treated as such – Head & Shoulders treats + protects your scalp from flakes, itchiness, and scalp irritation. Second, I always thought that dandruff shampoo was really harsh on your hair, but this formula is actually very gentle and leaves hair unbelievably soft and smooth. More importantly, I can actually use it safely on my (newly) colour treated hair.  Their new formula 3Action Formula (which was 12 years in the making) contains micro zinc mineral particles that cleanse, protect, and moisturize the scalp, which ultimately gives you a more resilient hair. It is available across the entire Head & Shoulders product line (Smooth & Silky is my fav and what I used for this tutorial).

2. BLOW DRY HAIR UPSIDE DOWN FOR VOLUME

Now that your scalp is treated + protected, blow dry! I always flip my head over for extra volume. I like to let my hair air dry until it’s about 80% dry (to cut down on heat damage) and then I dry the rest with my blow dryer. To give the front section volume and a little bit of a bend, I use a round brush (see below). Lastly, make sure to blast with cool air to seal it in.

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3. STRAIGHTEN COWLICKS + THE ENDS

If your hair isn’t super curly, I recommend only straightening the ends and any cowlicks you may have as this won’t make your hair flat. If you have thicker, textured hair, you can run the straightener over your entire head. I use an FHI straightener.

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4. ADD HAIRSPRAY FOR TEXTURE + HOLD

Hairspray is a must and I’ve gone back to an old faithful – Pantene Pro-V Airspray hairspray, which is actually alcohol-free, making it much healthier for the hair. I spray all over for hold and spray flipped upside down for a bit of texture.

I hope that was helpful! I’m going to need to start wearing my hair straight more often… Happy (INSERT DAY)!

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Photos by Sara Koonar
Shot in collaboration with Head & Shoulders

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6 Comments

    • August Diaries
      05.24.2017 / 11:52 pm

      Thanks Emma!

      xx Jill

  1. Rachel
    05.26.2017 / 6:39 pm

    Doing my own hair is always a struggle for me! No matter what I do, I find it falls flat within a few hours. What kind of round brush do you recommend? I am currently using a ceramic one, but I think it’s time to change it up.

    Thanks!

    • August Diaries
      05.30.2017 / 11:38 am

      I totally get it – my hair is so fine and falls flat as well. I use a ceramic one from the drugstore as well. Are you using cool setting after drying your hair? That helps with keeping volume. Also, be sure to use hairspray after as well!

      xx Jill

  2. Lisa Hedgepath
    05.30.2017 / 6:07 pm

    So I’m a recent subscriber to your youtube channel and blog and I love what you post. I saw your video about the beach waves and have totally been doing my hair that way! It looks so good! We have very similar hair textures. I have been using the Elnett for months now. Do you like the Pantene better? What made you switch? Which do you prefer? Would love to hear your feedback 🙂

    xoxo

    • August Diaries
      05.31.2017 / 11:45 am

      Amazing, so happy to have you! Elnett is legendary, but I actually like to switch up my hair products quite frequently. I honestly like both of these products – it totally depends on what works for your hair type best!

      xx Jill

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