How to Make Your African American Straight Hair Look Fuller

by Sydney Lundgren

Lank and lifeless locks don't enhance your looks. Those with straight, fine hair must deal with this issue. Most black women naturally have curly hair or wavy hair rather than straight hair. To get the hair straight generally involves using a relaxer. That can make the hair even thinner and removes some of the volume. Learn how to make your African American straight hair look fuller and more stylish.

Items you will need

  • Rat-tail comb
  • Hair spray
  • Brush
  • Clips
  • Bobby pins (optional)
  • Large rollers
  • Shower cap
  • Hooded dryer
  • Texture cream
  • Flat-iron
Step 1

Visit a hairstylist. Get long layers cut into your hair. Make sure to tell your stylist that the goal is to add fullness with the layers and thus you only want long layers. If she cuts short layers into your hair it will make it look even thinner.

Step 2

Lift the hair at your crown with a rat-tail comb. Spray that section with hair spray. Hold the comb at the back of the hair, at the roots, and tease it by moving the comb up and down. Smooth the hair just in front of that section over the teased hair using a brush. Pin it in place with a clip or bobby pins.

Step 3

Separate damp hair into 2-inch sections. Wrap each section around large rollers. Put a shower cap over your hair and rollers. Sit under a hooded dryer for 30 minutes. Gently remove the rollers. Tousle with your fingers for added fullness. Rake a dime-sized amount of texture cream through the ends of the hair with your fingers.

Step 4

Pull the top layer of your hair up to the top of your head. Hold in place with two clips. Separate the lower layer of hair into 1-inch sections. Clamp the flat-iron at the roots and move down the hair. Continue until you finish that section of hair. Unclip the top layer and do the same on the top layer. Using a flat-iron on already straight hair adds fullness.

Tips

  • Wash your hair with sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.

Photo Credits

  • Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images

About the Author

Sydney Lundgren has been a technical writer since 2008, in addition to writing a column in his university newspaper. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with dual degrees in business administration and political science. Sydney enjoys writing about travel, health and fitness.