Are you a straight natural? Do you believe in heat training or is it just heat damage? Is it possible to straighten your hair without heart damage?
Okay naturalista do not bite my head off for this post LOL. Yes at some point in time we have all heard the horror stories about heat damage and the cons of straightening your natural hair. But what if you love the straight look and just do not want to use perms. Should you be subjected to the curly girls ideology of what natural means? If you decide to straighten your hair are you any less of a naturalista than those who do not? I don’t think so. Today I am going to discuss the pros and cons of being a straight haired natural and the best ways to prevent damage to your hair if this is the path you choose for your natural hair journey. After all the most amaing thing about being natural is the versatility and the ability to go back and forth between various styles!
Here are some great steps to follow to prevent heat damage and breakage.
- Deep condition on every wash cycle. Yes EVERY wash cycle you must deeply penetrate your hair with moisture and vitamins. Doing this ensure that your hair does not become brittle, remains its elasticity, looks healthy with a nice level of shine. When you straighten your hair you are removing/evaporating the moisture for your strands.Use a Quality Heat Protectants that is water based so it will absorb into the hair strand and follow with an oil to help seal moisture and prevent breakage. Its best to apply the heat protectant before you stretch your hair while the hair is still damp.
- Start out with clean hair moisturized hair. NEVER ever flatiron your hair when it is dirty or have excessive product build up. If you try this the products on top of your hair will burn leaving a horrible smell to your hair. Oils are okay and should be applied to clean hair that has already been deep conditioned before straightening. However curl creams or any other products other than an oil will burn.
- Start out on already stretched hair. This step is probably the most important one to remember. Stretch your hair with plates, braids or twists. Then blow it straight with a blowdryer, preferably one with a comb attachment. I do not recommend a spiral bristly brush as these are harsh and can pop your hair strands. Doing the extra step allows you to straighten your hair with a medium amount of heat. If you do not stretch before you straighten you will definitely have to turn your straightening tools on high.
- I do not recommend straightening your hair in between presses. You should always straighten on hair that has been clean and deeply conditioned. Constantly straightening your hair will cause damage and brittleness. We recommend wearing a bun and tying your hair up with silk or satin scarf whenever possible to prevent your hair from reverting. Use a scarf under your shower cap to prevent moisture from seeping underneath.
- LASTLY & most importantly. If you live in a humid environment like Florida or tropical area you may want to reconsider being a straight natural! LOL it just wont work out if you are trying to keep your hair healthy.
PROS of Straight Natural Hair:
I hope that helps!
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CONS of Straight Natural Hair
The first con is that you hair will seem thinner. A lot thinner. If you are used to the volume your natural hair gives than becoming a straight natural will might make you feel as if your hair is thinning. Another con is the likelihood of heat damage and breakage.
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