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If you've got natural hair and you're a little stuck on how to style it, try a straw set. Straw sets are low-maintenance styles that make your hair look stylish while keeping it healthy by minimizing the amount of heat that interacts with your tresses.
Getting the Look
Getting a straw set isn't incredibly complicated, but if you've never done one before, you might want to visit your hair stylist to watch her do it to someone else before trying it for yourself. If you're ready to take the plunge, start with freshly shampooed and conditioned hair. Towel dry your hair, and apply a bit of styling gel.
Putting the "Straw" in Straw Set
Now for the straws -- yup, you'll actually use straws for your straw set. Take a small section of hair, and wrap it around a straw, pinning the straw in place at your scalp. Repeat with the rest of your hair until everything is rolled up. Then, sit under a hooded dryer. The length of time to stay under the dryer will depend on the thickness of your hair, but on average, you'll need to wait 30 to 45 minutes.
Once your hair is dry, remove all of the straws and use your fingers to gently loosen the curls. If you want a little extra shine, cover your hair with a mist of oil sheen spray. Your curls will come out really tight, but as days go by, they'll start to fall and look more and more natural.
Benefits of Straw Sets
If you use heated styling tools on your hair constantly and your hair is feeling a little dry and damaged, straw sets are an effective way to give your coif a break. After sitting under a hooded dryer to set your curls, you won't have to apply heat to your hair until your next wash. Straw sets can last for up to one week, so that's a nice long break from heated styling tools. Straw sets are especially fab if you are transitioning from relaxed to natural hair and don't know what to do with your hair when it's two different textures. So, if you're growing out your relaxer, make it a little easier on yourself and try a straw set.