Can you use curly hair products on straight hair?

Hair is a very touchy subject. Your hair setup can make or break your day. While most people divide hair types into three main groups, curly, wavy, and straight hair, we all know that hair types differ from person to person. 

Most hair products are advertised according to these three hair groups and it is outrageous to even think about mixing up the products. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you use curly hair products for your straight hair?

The difference in structure

Not only do curly and straight hair look different but they are also structured differently. What this means is that the molecules and follicles that are present in our hair are shaped in different manners. 

Keratin is a protein that constitutes most of your hair, and therefore if the keratin is bonded in a regular pattern you will have straight hair, whereas if the keratin build-up is uneven, you will end up with more curls. 

The shape of the follicles also determines the hair patterns, a more rounded follicle will grow an even straight hair but an oval or elliptical shaped follicle will end up forming curly or wavy hair.

Each hair type have different needs

Since curly hair has a crooked follicle, fewer natural oils seep into the hair, therefore making it more dry and coarse. The scalp is left to dry conditions and so curly hair people may end up having an itchy or irritated scalp. Straight hair is easier to manage since they have more natural oils seeping through the scalp, so they tend to get the desired smoothness and shine.

Curly hair products on straight hair

What happens if you use curly shampoo on straight hair?

We have already established how straight hair is distinctive from curly hair, and therefore the products made for each are also different.

Most curly hair products, such as shampoo and hair serum focus on giving an extra kick of moisture to the dry hair. Therefore if you use curly hair leave-on products, it may seem a bit too heavy on your straight hair. As straight hair already contains a lot of natural oils, the extra moisture from the curly hair product will bring it down.

However, shampoos for any hair type can be used on straight hair as the main job of shampoo is to clean your scalp of dirt and oils, so it is more or less the same thing for both hair types. Curly hair shampoos provide extra nutrients for the dry curls, therefore they can help straight hair obtain more nutrients to keep healthy. Not only that but the nutrients and moisture are also good for giving extra volume and keeping the hair frizz-free. It is always recommended to use alcohol and sulfate-free shampoos since they can dry out your scalp.

Can you use Strictly Curls on straight hair?

Curl creams are popular for curly-haired girls however it is not just restricted to curly hair. Strictly Curls is a brand made by Marc Anthony who makes hair products for all hair types. Specifically, the Strictly Curls Defining Lotion is a product designed to be used for straight hair. You can watch this video below to learn how to apply the lotion to get curly hair.

Curl defining cream on straight hair?

If you have straight hair, you might have trouble trying to have perfect curls without using heating tools. Curl-defining creams usually are meant for dry and frizzy curly hair and so they tend to have more moisturizing agents. If you use curl creams on straight hair it might help you get more of a soft wavy hair instead of full curls. The creams may also wear your hair down and feel heavy.

Does Cantu shea butter make straight hair curly?

The Cantu Curling Cream is every curly woman’s dream hair product. Despite being marketed to the curly hair audience, Cantu claims that it can transform straight hair into natural-looking curls! They have an award-winning formula with coconut oil that manages natural hair and adds shine and moisture to dry hair. If you have naturally wavy or straight hair, you can use Cantu cream to enhance the waviness and give you nice and soft waves.

Can you use Cantu curling cream on permed hair?

Curl cream is a good choice to maintain permed hair as it adds moisture, gives strength, and maintains the shine for your “treated tressesâ€. While there are a few drawbacks of using curling cream on thin-haired perms because they may build up and weigh the hair down. However, overall the Cantu curling cream is more beneficial to keep the perms locked and keep the frizz away.

Does curl activator work on straight hair?

While curling creams can be applied to any hair type but curl activators might not work on straight hair. Curl activators are formulated to work on hair that also has curls and they are most used for type 3 curls to layer and hold the curls in place.

Do Aussie Miracle Curls work on straight hair?

The Aussie Miracle Curls line is amazing for keeping and locking in the curls. While it is mostly for wavy or curly hair, you might like the Aussie Miracle Moist Gel for straight hair. All you need to do is damp your hair, use the gel, braid your hair and go to sleep. You will wake up with delicious wavy hair just like the one in this video.

Moroccan curling perfection defining cream on straight hair

The Ogx® Moroccan Curling Perfection Defining Cream is a perfect cream to use for dry, frizzy curly hair to transform into lustrous bouncy curls. However, using it on straight hair does not have much effect as it will just give you the moisture but no added bouncy curls.

Jelly soft curls on straight hair

If you want to define your straight hair and tame the frizz then Miss Jessie’s Jelly Soft Curl cream is a game-changer. While it may not give you ringlet curls (if you have straight hair), it will still add volume and depth to your curls.

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