Q: Hello. This may seem like a dumb question but I was just wondering. How do you keep your hair flattened down? Kind of like
the bowl haircut but just down. I had that kind of hair and then the side of my hair started to stay up kind of, and I looked stupid.
Is there anything you can tell me that might help my hair stay flat and straight?
A: Many of the “long on top” hairstyles, like bowl cuts, under-cuts and mop-top styles, rely on the hair to lie flat to the head and
move freely in order to look their best. In many cases, the length of the hair is sufficient to make the hair behave in this way, but
sometimes the hair seems to have a mind of its own.
Particularly in cases where the hair is somewhat wavy or is particularly coarse and thick, you may
need some extra styling to make it behave the way you want. The effect can usually be achieved in one of a few methods.
First, you can add styling products to help weigh the hair down and make it lie flatter.
Anti-frizz serums and leave-in conditioners or laminating sprays are often great for this purpose. Just add the product(s) where
appropriate in your hair care routine - before towel-drying for anti-frizz serums, after towel-drying for leave-in conditioners, and
after blow-drying for spray laminators. The extra weight these products give the hair can make slightly “unruly hair” lie flatter and smoother.
Second, if the addition of product isn’t enough to handle the uncooperative hair, you can use a
flat iron to smooth out the hair and help it lie flatter to the head. Use the products above in their appropriate order, and once the
hair has been dried, mist it lightly with hairspray and pass it through a flat iron in thin segments. This will usually be sufficient
to flatten out all but the most unruly locks, and is a great choice for people like you who seem to have specific areas that don’t behave they have in the past.
Finally, some people want to get a more long-term remedy. For them, I recommend trying one of the
numerous “hair straightening kits” available. (That’s hair straightening, not relaxing.) The best of these offer 6-12 weeks of
straighter hair, and are great for flattening out and smoothing the hair for straight hair styling.
The method you choose is up to you. You’ll make your decision based on your needs and the comfort
level you have with the techniques involved.