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Straightening Curly Hair

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Whether your hair is naturally curly or you have had a perm, you may want to straighten your hair style. This is a guide about straightening curly hair.


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April 16, 20130 found this helpful

This is a guide about straightening permed hair. Sometimes a perm is used to give your hair body, but you still want to have a more sleek style.

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September 7, 2009

What can I do to get straight hair?

By Nirgee from Ghana


September 8, 20090 found this helpful
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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.

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September 9, 20090 found this helpful
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I am black female, I use a hot iron to straighten 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 funds.


So I just washed my hair with conditioner, let it air dry. I chose to let it air dry because I was off work for 2 days and 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 straighten your hair. You can add a little setting lotion 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.

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July 20, 20100 found this helpful

I was wondering if there is an easy way to keep my hair straight. I don't want to fry it and I put hair products in my hair and use hair protection and it seems to keep getting split ends.


By Sara from southern IL


Straightening My Hair

Get a Brazilian keratin treatment grip straightening comb. (06/10/2010)

By venise27

Straightening My Hair

Splint ends mean damaged hair. You need it cut back beyond the damage. You need to treat your hair as fragile skin. The older you get, the more it needs to be babied. My hair dresser said even if I don't wash my hair every day, to rinse my hair with my conditioner. You don't have to use a lot, but it needs to be done daily. Especially if you use products on it. Like your face, you need to wash it off.

I am a lap swimmer, meaning hair in the chlorine pool several times a week, summer time at the outdoor pool in the sun. I wear a swim cap, I put conditioner on before swimming to protect my hair. I buy conditioner for treated/colored hair, which has a higher wax to it. Non swim days I use something else.


I get my hair trimmed every 2 months. Even the slightest keeps it healthy. Only a razor trim, no scissors. My hair grows 2 inches in the 2 months. (06/10/2010)

By T&T Grandma

Straightening My Hair

I have heard that the CHI straightener leaves hair healthy and straight, but I have never been able to try it considering the price. Anyway, I hope this helps! (06/10/2010)

By AliQ

Straightening My Hair

If you have split ends your hair is too dried-out. Cut off the split ends by twisting your hair into a rope and cut off the ends that stick out. Stop using blow dryer and use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. This won't straighten your hair, but it'll help with the split ends. (06/11/2010)

By kemperjl

Straightening My Hair

I purchased an "Instyler". They are available at Bed Bath & Beyond. I've seen them in other stores as well. I have curly hair that frizzes in damp weather. But it doesn't do it anymore. It stays straight and silky for days. I love this product! (06/11/2010)


By Lamico

Straightening My Hair

At-home keratin treatments (or in-salon, if you can afford it) will help keep hair straighter longer. (06/14/2010)

By mollyring

Straightening My Hair

I knew a girl who used a gentle "permanent" to straighten her hair. With help from a friend, instead of using curlers, she kept her head tilted downward and combed the hair continuously during the processing time. Her hair was very straight and she only required a little blow-drying to maintain for several weeks. (06/21/2010)

By mcneeleyrn

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June 10, 20100 found this helpful

I would like to know how to naturally straighten my dry, really frizzy, thin, and really restless hair. I already know about using milk, but it didn't work out for me too well.



Straightening My Hair

I use straightening serum, a round brush, and a blow dryer. V05 makes a good one and so does Tigi Bedhead Control Freak. (04/27/2006)

By Katmommy

Straightening My Hair

Hi I am am hair stylist. if you want it straight you can do a few things. One, you can use a Chi flat iron they are about $200 or less. Use the 1 inch, it is the best one they make. If you want to chemically straighten your hair you can actually use a perm. Now the way this works is you will need to apply the perm to your air and comb it straight as you can. Let the perm sit for the amount of time it says to on the box. Now once you rinse the perm waving lotion out you will blot the hair dry and then comb it straight again. Now apply the neutralizer to the hair work it all the way through, comb it straight. After 5 minutes you will rinse your hair one more time. Find a neutralizing conditioner after you rinse out the neutralizer after the 5 minutes you will use a neutralizing conditioner keeping the hair as straight as you can. Rinse and comb back straight, let dry and you will have straight hair. To keep down any frizz use a neutralizing shampoo and conditioner. It will keep your cuticles closed giving you shinier hair. And stop using Pantene, it has too much wax in it; that stuff kills hair. (05/08/2006)

By Pete Anderson

Straightening My Hair

If your hair is in poor condition, I don't recommend you do anything to it. Work on improving the condition first, using a good conditioner, Queen Helene's Cholestrol is good and cheap. You can also use olive oil. Damaging your hair more, is the last thing you want to do. (05/08/2006)

Straightening My Hair

Put milk in spray bottle and spritz spray hair thoroughly with milk.
Comb, set, and let dry in hair for about 20 minutes.
Shower normally. (12/02/2007)

By Sunny

Straightening My Hair

I have been using Chi hair straighteners since last 1 month. Its really taking care my hair. (12/23/2008)

By sweata123

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September 7, 20090 found this helpful

What are the steps involved in hair straightening? What has to be done to keep it that way?

Ranjeetha from Karnataka, India


Straightening Curly Hair

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)

By Michele

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November 23, 20070 found this helpful

I have naturally curly (very curly) hair, and I am trying to straighten it without chemicals or heat, does anyone have any suggestions? I've tried the relaxers and they just made lots of my hair fall out. Please help me.

Janie from Wisconsin


Straightening Curly Hair

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 for more great info on naturally curly hair. (08/30/2007)

By Ms April

Straightening Curly Hair

I don't know how long your hair is but when I was younger one of my girlfriends used to set her hair using orange juice cans as hair rollers. (And here I am with naturally straight hair getting a perm every few months!) (08/30/2007)

By Maryeileen

Straightening Curly Hair

My daughter has the same problem with her hair. She uses a CERAMIC hair straightener every morning. I don't know of anything that will straighten it that doesn't use chemicals and all the chemicals will damage your hair.
God Bless,
Sheila in Titusville, FL (08/30/2007)

By GrammySheila

Straightening Curly Hair

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)

By Dody

Straightening Curly Hair

My daughter has coarse, curly hair that we straighten once a week with a ceramic iron. She washes her hair and then lets it air dry. You can use a large blow-dry brush and that may straighten it enough for you or you could go on to use what we do, which is a Pantene conditioner that we put on the hair before we use the ceramic iron. She has ALOT of hair but this really makes her hair more manageable. (08/31/2007)

By pwsmith5858

Straightening Curly Hair

I was going to suggest using very, very large curlers - as large as you can find. Wrap the hair while it is damp and either blow dry or let it air dry. Orange cans sounds like it would work very well, though the large curlers might dry faster as there is more air flow. (08/31/2007)

By Noella

Straightening Curly Hair

if your hair is long enough, perhaps you could go to bed with it wet and puled back in a ponytail. At least the part by your head would be straightened out some. Maybe add another holder down on the ponytail to straighten it out or get creative to let it dry while wet, but in a straightened position. (08/31/2007)

By Winnie_01

Straightening Curly Hair

Please consider setting your God-given glorious curls free! I am 46 yrs old, and also 'fought' my curls most of my life. It was only when I turned 40 and let my natural curls take over that I began to truly realize what a gift God had given me. I am still a somewhat shy person, but the attention my hair gets when I am out and about is truly astonishing! I receive compliment after compliment, from both men and women of all ages. It is now six years later and I am know in my small community as 'the woman with the beautiful hair'. WOW, what a rush for a shy, overweight middle-age woman! I wish I had had the nerve to let it go natural years ago. All is takes to keep it healthy is a good diet, a deep conditioner once a week, and a good scalp-cleaning brushing before I wash it every three days. More hints can be found on this website:
May God bless you (and your curls!),
Tamak (09/01/2007)

By tamak

Straightening Curly Hair

I decided I'd put in my 2 cents worth. I have very thick, curly, but FRIZZY hair. I agree with Tamak in that the curly hair can be very pretty, however, the FRIZZY is not! I'm in my forties and have also battled my hair my entire adult life. I just recently discovered the flat irons as Dody mentioned and am at last enjoying a different style. I can't wait to try her suggestion on the liquid silk!! It's nice to have straight hair until the humidity or rain arrives - maybe the silk will help! Thanks for suggesting, Dody! Good luck, Janie! Leah (09/05/2007)

By gonecrazyhunting

Straightening Curly Hair

I too have curly hair and have set it loose, but as a child I loathed my hair. I would wash it before bed and, don't laugh, wear a stocking cap to bed. This won't work past where the cap fits, but it straightened out the poof considerably. No heat, no damage. I recently found out my mom used a cut off nylon when she was younger; much cooler. Where was this advice when I needed it? (09/07/2007)

By beamersquared

Straightening Curly Hair

I relate about frizzy hair. I live in Houston, TX and it's humid most of the year.
A lady I met at a beauty salon told me her 'secret' for frizzies;
While your hair is wet, take a tiny amount of Vaseline, rub it in your hands and rub your hands over your hair. Then style, etc.
You might also try this on damp or dry hair before you straighten your hair. Maybe it will protect it.
This trick didn't work for me though because I have straight and heavy hair, but still frizzy!
:) (09/11/2007)

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