How To Straighten Hair Naturally Using Cornstarch

By Ameera Mills. Updated: March 6, 2019
How To Straighten Hair Naturally Using Cornstarch

Do you prefer to use natural products for both your hair and skin? Have you always wondered how you could straighten your hair naturally, without the heat from a hair straightener? Well, you’ve come to the right place. One the best known natural ingredients for straight hair is starch or corn flour, better known as cornstarch. Cornstarch, thanks to its nutritional, moisturizing and repairing properties, help leave hair: soft, strong, shiny and smooth.

This oneHOWTO article will tell you how to straighten your hair naturally using cornstarch.

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Hair straightening at home naturally: cornstarch

Cornstarch is most commonly used in the kitchen, but it has also been used in a lot of beauty and health homemade recipes. The main components of this flour are fibers and minerals such as iron, phosphorus, zinc, calcium, magnesium and potassium and antioxidants such as vitamin A, group B, C and E.

Due to this combination of elements, this natural product gives us the perfect properties we need to control frizz providing softness, shine and vitality to our hair. This flour also strengthens hair and its growth. It is important to know that cornstarch alone does not completely straighten hair. It does however help to control curling, protect and loosen hair. These benefits make it much easier to comb, inevitably reducing the need for damaging chemical infused smoothing products.

In addition, if we use it alone on the scalp, without additional oils, it is perfect for regulating sebum production.

Therefore, if you have fluffy or straight frizzy hair, cornstarch masks will serve to provide you with a smoother mantle. This flour will will leave you hair soft, loose, bright and strong, but will not leave you with the same effects as ironing or keratin treatment.

How To Straighten Hair Naturally Using Cornstarch - Hair straightening at home naturally: cornstarch

How to straighten hair naturally at home

Cornstarch and honey mask for hair

Honey nourishes and hydrates hair fibers in depth from root to tip. Honey is also perfect to help master out of control hair. Coconut oil, allows us to moisturize, nourish, shine and smooth our hair, thanks to the vitamins and fatty acids it contains.

Therefore, if we combine these property full ingredients with corn flour we can achieve a more permanent home smoothing effect. To make a cornstarch, honey with coconut oil mask to straighten hair, follow these simple instructions:


  • 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1 cup of water
  • 4 tablespoons of natural honey
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil

Preparation and treatment

  1. Mix the corn flour with the water and heat the mixture a little on the fire while stirring until you get a paste with a gelatin texture.
  2. heat the coconut oil until liquid in the microwave.
  3. In a large container, stir the ingredients well, add the coconut oil and honey to the cornstarch paste and mix until you get a uniform paste.
  4. Let the mask warm and, with your hair unwashed, apply strand to strand in your hair. If you have oily scalp, avoid putting the mask in this area.
  5. Let it act for 30 or 40 minutes and remove with plenty of warm water.

This mask should be used between 2 to 4 times a week.

Cornstarch and milk mask to straighten hair

This is one of the most common combinations used to make corn flour, but we recommend using coconut milk. Coconut milk moisturizes, nourishes, eliminates static electricity and, therefore, serves to control frizz. To prepare a cornstarch and coconut milk mask, follow these simple instructions:


  • 4 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 2 glasses of coconut milk (if you do not have this ingredient you can use whole milk because it gives very similar results)

Preparation and treatment

  1. In a container mix the two ingredients in the amounts indicated (if you have very long hair you can add 1 more unit of each ingredient) and stir well until well intergrated.
  2. Pour the mixture in a pan over low heat, stirring constantly.
  3. When you get a gelatin or cream texture remove it from the heat and once cooled, apply the mask on unwashed hair.
  4. Make sure that all the hair is well covered and let it act for a maximum of 1 hour.
  5. Wash as usual with plenty of water and shampoo and air dry or with a hairdryer; as you prefer.

The longer this mask is used, the better results it gives, therefore you will notice greater effects if you use it twice a week.

How To Straighten Hair Naturally Using Cornstarch - Cornstarch and milk mask to straighten hair

Cornstarch and egg hair mask

Eggs are a natural source of nutrition resulting in; hydration, shine, softness, growth. Eggs also helps to curb hair loss. Follow these instructions to make this corn and egg hair mask:


  • 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Preparation and treatment

  1. Separate the whites from the egg yolks and reserve the egg whites in a large bowl.
  2. Mix the water and cornstarch and heat it in a pan over low heat, stirring constantly until you get a creamy gel-like texture.
  3. Pour this cream in the bowl with the egg whites and add honey, mix well so that everything is integrated results in a paste.
  4. Apply to your hair without washing and let it act for 45 minutes or 1 hour.
  5. Wash as usual with your shampoo and plenty of warm water.

You can use this cornstarch mask for frizz and smoothing twice a week.

Hair straightening

For more about how to straighten hair, we recommend reading our following articles:

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What did you think of this article?
Can we wash our hair with shampoo after applying honey, coconut oil and cornstarch mask?
Meenal Joshi
Does it really work on wavy frizzy n dry hair? How long will it take to be effective? Can you show a picture of before and after application? Thank you
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Meenal,

It can work, but it is not a guarantee. It won't straighten your hair on its own, but if you follow the guidelines in the article, you will have the best chance of a positive result.
it was really helpful....thank u...!
OneHowTo Editor
You're welcome!
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