With curly hair it can be a real process to get it straight….. It may take some tender love and care, but it is certainly possible!
Of course we love our natural tresses because they embody a volume and empowerment that we are proud to rock, but some of us can manage the thickness better straight. Personally, I just enjoy changing styles without damaging my natural texture.
It took me years to get my hair straight and healthy. I usually wear my hair curly or in a protective style, but I found success with wearing my hair straight as long as I did some damage control and used minimal heat.
Make sure you use clarifying shampoo and deep condition the hair before straightening. I use a mixture that I created for my family. I’ll post the ingredients soon. You want to choose a deep conditioner that really nourishes your hair. This is a very crucial part of any hair care routine and type whether it be straight or curly. You may also want to have some type of protection hair oil and leave- in, or even and a rich straightening conditioner. Be careful of the ingredients in the products that you purchase and stay away from sulfate and parbens.
The type of conditioning that you do to your hair will prepare your hair for the straightening. It will determine your texture and frizz.
Kinky curly friends, to maintain the healthiness and thickness of your hair you must remember…..
Always moisturize. Keep your hair hydrated it will improve the overall health of your hair. This will make it so much easier to manage and maintain. This will also help with any previous or future damage by adding the nutrients needed to strengthen and repair the hair. Always detangle from the bottom to top with a wide toothed comb.
Use a protective style and satin head wrap. Whenever you are sleeping, working out, or just laying around use a protective style such as wrapping the hair or braids and in a silk scarf or hair bonnet. This will keep the hair detangled and moisturized.
It’s best to use a titanium or ceramic plated flat iron at about 300-350 degrees. Depending on your hair type or how your curls react to heat you may need higher or lower temperatures. I stay at about 300-350. (I blow dry on a very low heat and chase with a bristle brush if I’m in a hurry.) Before actually flat ironing your hair be sure to detangle from bottom to top and apply heat protectant. Flat iron in small sections to get hair as straight as possible. Chase the ends of the hair with a smaller toothed comb or brush to help the hair to stretch the curl. Apply protectant before flat ironing each section. This is very important because you want to protect your curls from the heat.
After flat ironing your hair wrap it up. Wrap your hair daily to keep it as straight and as protected as possible. Keep the flat irons and as much heat as possible off of your hair. When I use this method it will last for about two weeks as long as I keep it wrapped daily. After the hairstyle starts to draw up I usually start the twist out process or do a simple ponytail for another week or so.
I have found by keeping the heat to a minimum that I protect my hair and retain the length and health. If you don’t need to blow dry after washing try air drying or braiding/twisting your hair out to decrease even more heat.
Often I follow these hairstyles with a protective style for a few weeks. I straighten my hair maybe 3 or 4 times a year. I have found that it grows healthier and is easier for me to maintain curly. I do have several processes for those of us who love to wear our natural curls straight that I will also share.
Overall, remember to keep your curls moisturized and protected to maintain the style and don’t overheat. Enjoy your beautiful and healthy straight hair and watch your curls revert back to their natural selves.