Straight Hair Natural's Support Thread

Discussion in 'Hair Care Tips & Product Review Discussion' started by dicapr, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. ckisland

    ckisland Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2008
    Messages:
    2,667
    Likes Received:
    8,934
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    outside of Atlanta
    First I did a thorough detangling using Aussie Moist and some left over Pantene condish. I shampooed with Pantene Smooth and dc'd with Nexus Keratin and Black rice mask. I lightly sprayed on ORS heat protectant to each of my 4 sections. Then I blowdried with a brush (my hair was surprisingly soft and straightish at this point). Then I flatironed and did the chase method with my denman. I did 2 passes per section.
    Maybe my hair is rough because I haven't used commercial products in over 8 weeks? I've also been exclusively wearing wash n'gos for the past month.
     
  2. ElevatedEnergy

    ElevatedEnergy Rooted Yet Flowing

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2013
    Messages:
    6,275
    Likes Received:
    33,046
    Trophy Points:
    113
    That's a possibility. Natural & DIY is great, but I remember when I was all DIY using tons of herbs/clays/ACV/AVJ/Ayurvedic powders/Coconut milk etc....my hair eventually start feeling rough & highly static. Like the cuticles would never just lay down for the hair to feel smooth. Once I added in an actual conditioner back to the mix, it did get better.

    Maybe next time you plan on straightening, a few washes beforehand start adding conditioner to your hair to accompany your natural/DIY mixtures.

    For now since, your hair is already straight....you may do good to add something heavy with alot of fat in it. (Shea butter or even mango butter would be great if you prefer something lighter than Shea). Put it all over, pull your hair in a bun to let it soak in for a day or two, then try again to get a comb through it. I prefer my TEK wooden brush when my hair is straight over a comb. The bristles are very forgiving and glide with the hair as you use it.

    Good luck Sis!
     
    keranikki, gbunnie, ckisland and 2 others like this.
  3. syrk

    syrk Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2018
    Messages:
    42
    Likes Received:
    273
    Trophy Points:
    53
    I flat ironed my hair for the first time since Oct 2017 last weekend. I thought that by staying away from heat and the manipulation of blowdrying that my hair would flourish and I'd retain so much length. So I didn't touch a flat iron for over a year and cut off all of my heat damaged ends only to learn that wearing my 4b hair out just results in a constant cycle of single strand knots >trim >single strand knots >trim :rolleyes:.

    When I straightened my hair this weekend it didn't come out that great. It was difficult to get my ends straight. The whole process is much harder without my old heat damaged ends. I think next time I'll have a professional do it. I've been watching a ton of natural hair silk press videos on Youtube and they make it look so easy. I think I found someone in the area that looks promising. I want to protective style hardcore for a least 2 more months though, then I'll go to her and see how much length I've retained.

    If I do continue to straighten going forward, I'll just do it smarter this time. I used to flat iron every week, usually on high heat which was my downfall :nono:. I think I'll ease back into it, once a month max and at lower temps if i'm doing it myself.
     
  4. sunflora

    sunflora Flowah Powah

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2018
    Messages:
    743
    Likes Received:
    3,249
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location:
    'States
    Do any of you all straighten just by doing a cold-air blowout and then styling?
     
  5. ElevatedEnergy

    ElevatedEnergy Rooted Yet Flowing

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2013
    Messages:
    6,275
    Likes Received:
    33,046
    Trophy Points:
    113
    This would probably work very well. I allow myself a heat pass once a month though I hardly use it...usually once every other month....but the point is it's there for the taking if I want it.

    You are right in that lower temps will definitely reduce your chances of damage. I usually flat iron on 320 (one slow pass) and my hair gets very straight.

    Also finding a way to eliminate double heat is great. I never blow dry (don't own one...never will). I roller set instead.
     
    Daina, Realhairdontcare and syrk like this.
  6. ckisland

    ckisland Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2008
    Messages:
    2,667
    Likes Received:
    8,934
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    outside of Atlanta
    Bumping!
    Are there any hair updates?

    I've been officially on my straight hair journey since May. There was a big learning curve at the beginning, so I'll have to trim off that damage over time. But my hair has been ao easy to manage. It stays mositurized without me using any leave-ins, just DC's and serums!

    Here's my progress since May to today

    20190513_114556-768x1024.jpg 20190929_023812-768x1024.jpg
     
  7. Babysaffy

    Babysaffy Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2008
    Messages:
    2,888
    Likes Received:
    9,798
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Essex, Greater London
    Great progress! Your hair looks very healthy.

    This is great to see now as I'm tentatively starting to experiment with possibly straightening my hair fortnightly and yesterday I washed blow dried and lightly straightened it leaving in a lot of texture as it would have taken too long to get it bone straight.
    What products do you use and how long does your hair stay straight?
    Do you wear it down most of the time?

    I last properly straightened my hair back in December using the comb chase method and in all the washing drying and straightening process took almost the whole day. I have an and and a two year old so I don't have too much time to spend on getting my hair looking perfect. Is there any tool you would recommend. My hair dryer isn't great and pik attachment I bought separately doesn't fit well lool

    Thanks for sharing. I look forward to more updates.
     
    ItsMeLilLucky and ckisland like this.
  8. ckisland

    ckisland Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2008
    Messages:
    2,667
    Likes Received:
    8,934
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    outside of Atlanta
    Thank you so much!!

    ORS has been my go to line for straightening my hair

    Shampoo: ORS Creamy Aloe shampoo or Equate (Tresemme dup) Keratin shampoo
    Conditioners: ORS Hairepair coconut and baobab, EBW Split End Repair Masque or (if I'm lazy) Equate Keratin Conditioner
    Leave-in: none
    Serums: ORS Heat Protectant Serum with Coconut oil and Cantu Anti-frizz oil

    Tools: Conair Infiniti Pro flatiron and Conair 1875 blowdryer
    Time: about 2 hrs start to finish to 2.5 hrs if I'm using the EBW conditioner
    I don't use anything fancy, but when I started wearing my hair straight, I was straightening at 455 :hide: . Now that my hair is "heat trained," I've gone down to 419. I've also started wearing my hair just blowdried more often. I wear my hair down like 85% of the time, and I love it.

    My hair stays straight for up to 3 weeks, but I usually go 2 because of my scalp itching.

    I hope that this was helpful!
     
  9. Babysaffy

    Babysaffy Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2008
    Messages:
    2,888
    Likes Received:
    9,798
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Essex, Greater London
    Wonderful thanks this was very helpful :yep:! The only product I already have is the Ors heat protectant serum will slowly look into trying the rest :)
     
    ckisland likes this.
  10. ckisland

    ckisland Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2008
    Messages:
    2,667
    Likes Received:
    8,934
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    outside of Atlanta
    I straightened my hair 2 nights ago, and I used a spray heat protectant for maybe the second time ever. I used Tresemme's heat spray and it claims to protect hair up to 450 degrees. I sprayed before blow drying and on each section again before flatironing. I did 1 pass at 455. There was some burnt smell while doing my hair, but I only smelt it very very lightly the next day. And I don't smell anything at all today!! My hair came out very light and airy, which is kinda different. I like it though. My hair is very soft, smooth and super dark.
     
    imaginary and ronnie78 like this.
  11. levette

    levette Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2002
    Messages:
    4,155
    Likes Received:
    11,619
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Ian it better to be a straight haired natural versus relaxing . What has been your experience with this
     
    Britt likes this.
  12. ckisland

    ckisland Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2008
    Messages:
    2,667
    Likes Received:
    8,934
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    outside of Atlanta
    Out of the 12 years I've been natural, I spent 12 weeks relaxed several years in. For my scalp, relaxers cause horrible dandruff and flaking. My hair actually wasn't easier to deal with, and I still needed to flatiron it to get it straight.
    My straightened hair hasn't been a hassle at all. It's easy to wash and detangle. It takes me under 2 hours to do my hair from start to finish and it can last 2-3 weeks. Plus, I take breaks by doing perm rod sets and braid'n curl type styles.

    I got the same amount of breakage from both I think, but I'm not gentle with my hair at all.
     
    imaginary, ronnie78 and SlimPickinz like this.
  13. ckisland

    ckisland Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2008
    Messages:
    2,667
    Likes Received:
    8,934
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    outside of Atlanta
    I straightened 2 days ago, and used the Tresemme heat protectant again. Can you say staple!! I wonder where I could have been at with the length of my hair, if I had been using it all along. It gives great heat protection! I did a 1-1.5 inch trim, and I'm in love with my hair all over again.

    20191106_015726-780x1040.jpg
     
  14. ckisland

    ckisland Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2008
    Messages:
    2,667
    Likes Received:
    8,934
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    outside of Atlanta
    The whole time I've been wearing my hair straight, I never wrapped it. I would sleep with a high ponytail if I wanted to keep it straight. This week I've wrapped my hair 4-5 times and it's come out great!! It lays perfectly and my roots haven't reverted at all in the back! I think I want to wash my hair every 2 weeks so that it doesn't get the chance to get dry. I'm thinking of going between pin curls and wrapping for this second week.
     
  15. BeautifulRoots

    BeautifulRoots Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2008
    Messages:
    820
    Media:
    1
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    1,502
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Gorgeous hair!
     
  16. ckisland

    ckisland Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2008
    Messages:
    2,667
    Likes Received:
    8,934
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    outside of Atlanta
  17. Britt

    Britt Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    May 6, 2003
    Messages:
    14,416
    Likes Received:
    41,702
    Trophy Points:
    113
    I'd say heat training, but depends on your hair.
    I asked a hairdresser this and she told me hell no she wouldn't relax my hair, that she'd refer me elsewhere. She said my hair would be too fine and real lack body. I'm tinkering with this, trying to figure it out.
     
    ckisland likes this.
  18. shtow

    shtow Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2007
    Messages:
    7,479
    Likes Received:
    12,061
    Trophy Points:
    113
    *blows dust off account* Hey ladies! I took a break from this forum but renewed my membership. Just posting a hair update after doing my hair yesterday. It’s been a little over a year since my big chop and I’ve worn my hair straight 100 percent of the time. I also haven’t trimmed my hair, which I know is horrible but with all the natural layers from my chop I was so scared it would be uneven. Anywho, onto the pics.

    Here’s my hair wet with no product. My texture has definitely loosened aka heat damage. I suspect some of the loosening may be due to length but I know for sure since using the revlon paddle blow dryer it has loosened more. I really don’t mind since I only wear my hair straight anyway.
    781CDB25-A09F-443B-911C-2A495A7350A2.jpeg Here’s my hair after straightening
    B3BF24FD-4669-476C-9861-B8C76F377C71.jpeg
     
    toninatl, LiLi, nyeredzi and 34 others like this.
  19. IDareT'sHair

    IDareT'sHair Not Hittin' Paynah

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2009
    Messages:
    88,770
    Likes Received:
    227,306
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Using up This Stash
    @shtow
    :hiya:

    Happy to See You Sis!:kiss:

    Your Hair:drool: +:love: = :love2:
     
  20. shtow

    shtow Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2007
    Messages:
    7,479
    Likes Received:
    12,061
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Thanks!!!
    Right back at ya sis!:sneakyhug: I’ve missed my girls!
     
    GGsKin and IDareT'sHair like this.
  21. GettingKinky

    GettingKinky Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2013
    Messages:
    5,459
    Likes Received:
    15,175
    Trophy Points:
    113
    @shtow your hair is beautiful curly and straight.
     
  22. ckisland

    ckisland Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2008
    Messages:
    2,667
    Likes Received:
    8,934
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    outside of Atlanta
    @shtow Oh my gosh!!! Your hair is absolutely gorgeous :drool: :drool: #goals
     
    MzSwift and shtow like this.
  23. GGsKin

    GGsKin Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2014
    Messages:
    3,936
    Media:
    2
    Albums:
    2
    Likes Received:
    17,417
    Trophy Points:
    113
    MzSwift and shtow like this.
  24. ckisland

    ckisland Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2008
    Messages:
    2,667
    Likes Received:
    8,934
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    outside of Atlanta
    Just read through the thread about cowashing relaxed hair everyday and I'm intrigued. I still get a good amount of breakage, and I don't really pay much attention to my new growth. I'm down for getting some better length retention. I wouldn't wet my hair daily since my hair holds moisture very well and used to get mushy easily. I might play around with it, and probably go between flattwist outs and bantu knotouts.
     
  25. syrk

    syrk Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2018
    Messages:
    42
    Likes Received:
    273
    Trophy Points:
    53
    Beautiful @shtow! Curious, what temperature do you usually flat iron with?
     
  26. shtow

    shtow Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2007
    Messages:
    7,479
    Likes Received:
    12,061
    Trophy Points:
    113
    thanks! I flat iron on 430.
     
    syrk likes this.
  27. SAPNK

    SAPNK Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2013
    Messages:
    341
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    1,455
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location:
    The Dirty South
    Hey, I'm considering becoming a blow dry natural, because my hair can take up to 2-3 days to dry in twists and other stretching methods. It doesnt matter if I'm wearing twists that week, but if I want to stretch it out for a different style, that's too long to wait for one style, lol.
    How long does it take you to blow out your hair and what method do you use?
     
  28. Theresamonet

    Theresamonet Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2008
    Messages:
    16,152
    Likes Received:
    182,188
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Chicago
    Gorgeous! Welcome back. Your hair growth for 1 year is amazing. What is your full regimen?
     
    shtow likes this.
  29. shtow

    shtow Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2007
    Messages:
    7,479
    Likes Received:
    12,061
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Thank you!!! My regimen is pretty simple.

    I basically wait as long as possible to wash my hair because I’m lazy and it takes forever. So I usually wash every 2-4 weeks with selsun blue.

    I deep condition in the shower for 10-15 minutes with keracare thermal wonder prepoo (its a prepoo but makes an excellent dc that penetrates without heat).

    I use Ion heat protecting spray and blow dry with the revlon paddle dryer. I flat iron with the babyliss 1” on 430. My first pass is comb chase and the second pass I curl the hair a little, especially at the ends - this gets the ends smooth.

    I sleep with a satin durag and bonnet and either wrap or use flexi rods. I don’t put any other products in my hair after wash day other than a little edge control (she is bomb) sometimes.

    I also use clarifying shampoo (Paul Mitchell shampoo 2 or 3 preferred) and aphogee 2 minute reconstructor every few months or so.
     
    imaginary, nyeredzi, syrk and 5 others like this.
  30. shtow

    shtow Well-Known Member

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2007
    Messages:
    7,479
    Likes Received:
    12,061
    Trophy Points:
    113
    When I blow dry my hair with the revlon paddle blow dryer, it takes about 30 minutes. I normally section my hair in 4 sections and then split each section into 2 when I blow dry. Napatural (sp) on YouTube has a great tutorial on how to use the blow dryer. If works best if you hold it vertically because mostly of the air comes out the top. I also toggle it a little at the root to get the roots dry. HTH.
     
    SAPNK likes this.

Share This Page