YOUR 1A HAIRCARE CALENDAR
Use this interactive calendar to see daily haircare guidelines based on your curl pattern.
WHAT IS TYPE 1A STRAIGHT HAIR?
Baby-fine, straight hair is the epitome of the 1a category. Type 1a hair is completely devoid of a curl pattern and is straight, shiny, and fine. The straightest of all hair types, 1a is characterized by locks that have little to no ability to hold a curl. The strands are pin-straight all the way from the scalp to the tips, meaning the oils produced in your follicles tend to travel faster down the shaft. This also might mean your hair tends to get greasier faster.
Because of the accelerated oil distribution, type 1a tends to lack in the volume department and, without proper hair care, runs the risk of looking flat and dull.
What makes 1a hair so slippery? 1a hair typically has 10 layers of cuticles. Cuticles are the protective 'shingles' that guard the inner protein structure of your hair. 1a hair cuticles are wider, thicker, and more density-packed. This gives it shine because it is sealed tight and flat.
CARING FOR 1A STRAIGHT HAIR
People with straight hair face common challenges, such as dryness, limp locks, lack of shine, and product buildup. To ensure your hair is silky, healthy, and smooth, here are a few dos and don’ts to be mindful of when caring for your straight hair.
- Only shampoo your hair once every 2-3 days. Overwashing can actually trick your scalp into producing more oils
- Don’t overcompensate with products. Maybe your straight hair seems lifeless without adding your daily routine of products to the mix. Rather than using more products, find ones that incorporate multiple benefits into one bottle. One example is Prismax Hair Botox.
- Don’t sleep on wet hair. This is one way to invite frizz or cowlicks that will be harder to work through in the morning. If you decide to go to bed with damp hair, spray a leave-in conditioner over your tresses and pull into a loose braid.
- Don't wash your hair with hot water.
1A HAIR REGIMEN
The best way to maintain your 1a hair is to develop a routine. This will help your hair remain healthy, moisturized, and manageable.
Moisturizer For 1a Hair
While 1a hair commonly has issues with oily scalps, the ends of 1a hair often remain dry. It can be difficult to balance these polar-opposites. It is important to apply moisturizers and conditioners to the dry ends first. Try not to apply any moisturizers or conditioners directly to your scalp. A good gauge would be to apply from the ears down.
Deep-conditioning treatments can make all the difference for dry, frizzy, and unmanageable hair. Apply a Hair Botox Treatment to your hair once per month for optimal results.
Degreaser For Oily Hair
Women with 1a hair often use a lot of product in their routines, such as hairsprays, dry shampoos, etc. Because of this, you have to be careful about product build-up. That coupled with 1a hair's naturally high oil production can be problematic. That is why, once per month, you should use a clarifying shampoo to remove build-up and contaminants from your hair and scalp.
Give Flat Hair Volume
If you want to add more volume and body to your hair, stop using products with silicones. You should start with a clarifying shampoo.
There are plenty of options for haircuts for straight hair. Those with a round face, for example, might opt for a shorter cut with side bangs. Angular bobs are popular because the cut falls into place with little to no hair maintenance needed.
Additionally, layering is one of the top go-to hairstyles for straight hair because of its versatility. Layers add movement, body, and texture to locks that might otherwise look limp or dull. Stylists can judge the length of layers that would work best for your face shape and how to cut them so they blend into the rest of your hair as they grow out.
There are also tons of easy hairstyles for straight hair. One simple styling solution for flat hair is switching up your part. A middle part is common, but a dramatic side part can change a look immediately. Play up the look by adding one thick braid or several mini braids to add personality to the straight hairstyle you want to achieve.