The thought of straightening your beautiful natural hair can be scary. There are a lot of things to consider when making a decision to straighten your hair. Since this process calls for quite a bit of heat, you may want to ask yourself a few questions before breaking out the flat iron and blow dryer.
1. Is your hair healthy?
2. Have you been experiencing excessive shedding lately?
3. Have you been experiencing breakage?
4. Have you been experiencing extra dryness; more than usual?
If you answer negatively to any of these questions, you might want to rethink straightening your hair. While I did use a heat protectant, you want to make sure that your hair is healthy so that you don’t experience more damage. With that being said, if your hair is healthy, there is nothing to fear. This is one of the things that make natural hair amazing. You can rock a fro one day and silky straight hair the next. So here’s what you’ll need.
– Wide Tooth Comb
– Spray bottle filled with water
– Flat Iron
– Blow Dryer
– Grapeseed Oil & Safflower Oil mixed in an applicator bottle
– Brush such as a Denman brush
Here’s what you need to do:
I started with hair that was clean, stretched, and dry. Section off your hair into 4 parts. Lightly spray each section as you detangle with your wide tooth comb. Once you are finished with that section, moisturize it with your oil mix and move on to the next section. Now that your hair is moisturized and detangled, it is time to blow dry. The reason you have to blow dry your hair although it is not wet is to get it as straight as possible before you flat iron it. Be sure to blow dry all the way to the ends. Begin with one of your sections and take a small piece of that section. Place your brush at the root and blow dry from root to tip while also brushing all the way through. Repeat throughout your head and be sure to work with small sections. I blow dried on high because my hair pattern is within the 3c and 4b range therefore the curl is very tight and the heat is needed to achieve a straight look. The grapeseed oil and safflower oil are natural heat protectants that can withstand heat temps up to 475 degrees so my natural curl will be able to bounce back when I want it to.
Next you want to warm your flat iron. Depending on how straight your hair is after blow drying will determine how high you should put your flat iron. Section off a small section of your hair starting in the back of your head and tie the rest of it up. Take a small piece of hair from that section and slowly run your flat iron through from root to tip. Run the flat iron through your hair twice at the most. The smaller the sections, the better the results. Repeat this process throughout your hair. When you are ready to go to sleep, secure your head with a satin scarf or bonnet as you usually would. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.