How often can I straighten?
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Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 06:36PM
Yes, it does depend on your hair type and how well you take care of your hair in general. I have super thick 3C-4A curls that won't straighten unless the iron is at high heat (400°). So, I will go a whole year without flatironing.
However, when I do, I wash the day before with a sulfate-free shampoo, and then use a deep-protein conditioner. I let it air-dry until the next day. I apply huge gobs of a thick silicone heat protectant before flatironing.
The next time I wash, I use a sulfate shampoo, use another deep-protein conditioner, then apply my curl stylers as usual. My curls come bouncing back!
That's it until next year...
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