What can I do to get straight hair?
By Nirgee from Ghana
My curly hair has been the bane of my existence, especially the frizz. I recently bought a ceramic hair straightener called HerStyler and it is amazing. It straightens my hair very quickly and it lasts for days. Before, I would have a blow-out in the salon and it was curly within 30 minutes.
I am black female, I use a hot iron to strighten my hair, but I also use a chemical relaxer. I had a lot of new growth and have not been to beauty shop because of lack of fund. So I just washed my hair with conditioner, let it air dried, (I have a hair dryer, but I just choose to let it air dry. because I was off work for 2 day so I had plenty of time. It take a whole day for my hair to air dry because it is long and thick. I have been using a hot iron for the past 2 weeks, but you can also use those electric flat iron to strightening your hair, you can add a little setting lotion to your have also past strightning it with the flat iron to make it last a little long. The electric flat iron does not get as hot as the hot iron so it is a lot safer to use.
You may want to have your hair pressed. Try an ethnic beauty shop.
I have small wavy un-relaxed hair, after washing part hair into two ponytails then apply medium amounts (nickel size or more, your choice) to palms of hand, then to your hair. Brush hair with a stiff brush to straighten and pull into a ponytail, add a thick cloth rubber band and two strand twist each pony tail, and let it air dry. It will be sorta strait and all you have to do is let down and wear wavy or curl with curlers if you like.
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What are the steps involved in hair straightening? What has to be done to keep it that way?
Ranjeetha from Karnataka, India
I have curly hair and I use a leave in conditioner to keep the frizzies out. After you wash it towel dry it gently and then I let it dry naturally, but if you're in a hurry just dry it on low heat. Start with the ends and work your way up.
I bought a flat iron by Revlon with a heat setting on it. The #14 setting works for my hair, but the Chai (used in salons are wonderful). Also don't forget to use a flat iron spray on your hair, that way it protects it and keeps it from frizzing up. I buy the Matrix flat iron spray and also the leave in conditioner by Garnier. It works wonders. My hair is not frizzy or dry by using these items and I don't have any split ends. Good luck. (01/03/2008)
Janie from Wisconsin
Anything that is used to straighen naturally curly hair is going to damage it.
Chemicals, heat, anything.
Just let your naturally curly hair be it's self.
Check out http://www.naturallycurly.com for more great info on naturally curly hair. (08/30/2007)
By Ms April
My teen age daughter had The same problem. We tried the chemical route, even had it professionally done. It all broke off. It was awful. We used every hair product to defriz it that we could find to try, Lots of oils and leave in conditioners. Nothing worked. Nothing even sort-of worked. She was so discouraged. I even stopped people on the street if I saw someone who's hair looked good. Finally we learned of the Chi ceramic flat iron through our chiropracter! We had tried other ceramic flat irons, but the Chi iron is special. It is a little expensive, but is worth every single penny. There are special products made to go with the Chi iron. The most important is a liquid silk that gets infused into the hair. There are other silk products, but it has to be Chi only. If you try both, you will see there is a big difference. It was explained to us by a salon that uses Chi that that particular flat iron gets much hotter than the others. The silk made by Chi is also made to protect the hair from the hot temperature. Also, what is so great is that her hair stays straight.
With the other irons, it would straighten initially but start to poof out shortly after. This has literally given her a whole new confidence. She's been using it for over a year and her hair has never been so healthy. We get it trimmed regularly. She washes and straightens it about once every 4 or 5 days. It does take an hour to iron it but she's gotten to be very good at it. I do hope this helps you. It was such a tremendous discovery for us. (08/30/2007)