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How To Straighten Hair Naturally Using Cornstarch

Ameera Mills
By Ameera Mills. Updated: February 6, 2024
How To Straighten Hair Naturally Using Cornstarch

Tired of frizz and longing for smoother strands? While cornstarch can't permanently straighten hair, discover its surprising benefits for frizz control, shine, and manageability. While it won't magically transform you into Rapunzel overnight, cornstarch offers a gentle, natural approach to the most common hair concerns.

This one oneHOWTO article dives into the truth about whether cornstarch can straighten your hair, and unveils surprising hair care benefits for frizz control, shine, and more.

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  1. Benefits of cornstarch
  2. Cornstarch and honey hair mask
  3. Cornstarch and milk hair mask
  4. Cornstarch and egg hair mask

Benefits of cornstarch

Cornstarch, a common kitchen staple, holds surprising benefits for hair care. From taming frizz and flyaways to boosting shine and promoting growth, this natural ingredient offers a gentler, more natural alternative to harsh chemical treatments. Let us take a closer look at its benefits:

  • Rich in nutrients: cornstarch boasts a wealth of fibers, minerals (iron, phosphorus, zinc, calcium, magnesium, and potassium), and antioxidants (vitamins A, B, C, and E). This unique combination nourishes and strengthens hair, promoting growth and vitality.

  • Frizz control and shine: cornstarch's star power lies in its ability to absorb excess oil, the primary culprit behind frizz. By controlling frizz, it adds shine and leaves hair feeling smooth and manageable.

  • Gentle and protective: unlike harsh chemical straighteners, cornstarch offers a gentler approach. It helps loosen curls, protects hair from damage, and reduces the need for heat styling, ultimately promoting healthier hair.

  • Scalp benefits: applied directly to the scalp without oils, cornstarch helps regulate sebum production, beneficial for those with oily scalps.

  • Realistic expectations: while it won't magically straighten hair like chemical treatments, cornstarch can significantly reduce frizz and loosen curls, leaving hair smoother, softer, and shinier. Think of it as a natural alternative for enhancing your hair's natural texture.

Remember, healthy hair is the foundation for beautiful hair. Combine cornstarch masks with a balanced diet, gentle cleansing, and proper hair care practices for optimal results.

Be sure to read this other article to learn about how to get rid of frizzy hair naturally.

How To Straighten Hair Naturally Using Cornstarch - Benefits of cornstarch

Cornstarch and honey hair mask

This recipe combines the nourishing properties of honey and coconut oil with the oil-absorbing capacity of cornstarch to create a mask that can leave your hair smoother, softer, and more manageable.


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


  1. In a saucepan, whisk together the cornstarch and water over low heat. Stir constantly until a thick, creamy paste forms, similar to pudding. Don't overheat!

  2. In a separate container, melt the coconut oil using a gentle method like a microwave on low power or a double boiler. Avoid overheating.

  3. Once both mixtures are ready, pour the warm coconut oil into the bowl with the cornstarch paste. Add the honey and mix well until everything is thoroughly combined and forms a smooth paste.

  4. Apply the mask to your unwashed hair, ensuring even distribution with a wide-tooth comb. Focus on the mid-lengths and ends, avoiding the roots if you have an oily scalp. Leave it on for 30-40 minutes.

  5. Rinse the mask thoroughly with lukewarm water and your usual shampoo. You can repeat this treatment 2-4 times a week for smoother, more manageable hair.

  6. If your hair is very dry, you can add a tablespoon of olive oil or avocado oil to the mask for extra moisture.

Enjoy the benefits of this natural hair mask for softer, smoother, and more manageable hair!

Do not miss this other article to learn more about how to soften your hair naturally.

Cornstarch and milk hair mask

This mask is perfect for dry, frizzy, or damaged hair. Cornstarch absorbs oil and adds texture, while coconut milk deeply moisturizes and reduces frizz. For those without coconut milk, whole milk offers similar results!


  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 glasses coconut milk (or whole milk)
  • (Optional) 1 tablespoon yogurt or aloe vera for added benefits


  1. In a bowl, whisk the cornstarch and milk until smooth. (For faster preparation, heat milk in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds before whisking.)

  2. Heat the mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens to a translucent, gel-like consistency (similar to pudding). Don't overheat!

  3. Apply the mask to damp or dry hair (depending on your preference), ensuring even distribution with a wide-tooth comb. Leave on for 30–60 minutes, depending on hair thickness.

  4. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and a gentle shampoo. Air-dry or use a diffuser for volume, depending on your desired results.

Additional tips:

  • Perform a patch test on your inner arm to check for allergies before applying to your hair.

  • For best results, use this mask twice a week. The cornstarch absorbs excess oil, leaving your hair feeling clean and refreshed over time.

  • You can substitute whole milk, yogurt, or aloe vera for coconut milk based on your hair's needs and available ingredients.

Enjoy healthier, smoother, and frizz-free hair with this simple DIY mask. Learn how to prevent frizz hair in this other article.

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

Cornstarch and egg hair mask

If you're looking to temporarily straight your hair, you may find some benefit from using egg-based hair masks. Eggs are a natural source of nutrition resulting in; hydration, shine, softness, growth. Eggs also helps to curb hair loss.


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


  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.

For better results, you can use this cornstarch mask for frizz and smoothing twice a week.

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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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