How Do I Care for Long Straight Hair? (with pictures)

Lauren Romano
Lauren Romano
A woman with long straight hair.
A woman with long straight hair.

The best way to care for long straight hair is to use the right combination of techniques and products that will leave the hair looking healthy and sleek. Shampooing and conditioning with the right products ensures the hair won't look weighed down. Certain drying techniques prevent the hair from getting dried out and frizzy. Get hair trimmed frequently to keep it in top condition and growing even longer. A great haircut can add volume and texture to even the thinnest hair.

Use a shampoo and conditioner specifically meant for straight hair.
Use a shampoo and conditioner specifically meant for straight hair.

Avoid using silicone-based shampoos and conditioners when washing long straight hair. The weight from the silicone can weigh down locks and make them appear limp. Use a shampoo and conditioner specifically meant for straight hair. Skip using leave-in conditioners, as they are often too heavy for straight hair.

Never rub long straight hair with a towel because it will cause breakage up and down the hair that can be quite visible. Instead, blot the hair, apply a heat protection spray and comb through with a wide-tooth comb to remove any tangles. Using a blow dryer with a nozzle attachment at the end is the best option for creating straight, sleek hair without the damage. Hold the dryer several inches away to avoid causing the hair to break and frizz, and use a paddle brush for an excellent wide grip.

Longer hair is more easily made tangle-free using a wide toothed comb.
Longer hair is more easily made tangle-free using a wide toothed comb.

Regular haircuts are essential considering how old long hair actually is. Long straight hair should be trimmed at least every two to four months. It's fragile, which means it's more at risk for damage, especially if the hair has been color-treated. Frequent haircuts prevent the ends from looking brittle and frizzy and keeps the hair looking healthy as it continues to grow.

Straight hair shows flaws very easily, so every technique to shadow those flaws is a good one. The right haircut is a must to prevent long straight hair from looking limp and lifeless. Layers add a lot of dimension and shape, especially when they frame the face. They can also add plenty of extra volume, which is beneficial for those with thin hair.

The one problem with long straight hair is that almost anything that touches the hair can weigh it down. This doesn't just pertain to hair products such as cremes, but includes oils from hands. Not only should those with straight hair avoid using heavy products, they should also avoid touching their hair as much as possible to avoid transferring oil from hands.

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    • A woman with long straight hair.
      A woman with long straight hair.
    • Use a shampoo and conditioner specifically meant for straight hair.
      Use a shampoo and conditioner specifically meant for straight hair.
    • Longer hair is more easily made tangle-free using a wide toothed comb.
      Longer hair is more easily made tangle-free using a wide toothed comb.