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Old 02-22-2009, 02:22 PM   #1
 
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Default How to straighten 3C curls

I do not know how to straighten my hair!
My hair looks like this: http://photos-h.ll.facebook.com/phot...14407_1234.jpg

Whenever I straighten my hair is breaks SO much at the ends and it looks really bad and frizzy. is my hair just not meant to be straightened?

I look at the other 3C members on here and their hair looks great straightened!! What do you guys do because your hair looks great!

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Old 02-22-2009, 09:29 PM   #2
 
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i had the same problem but it wasnt the way i was straightening my hair that was wrong, it was the way i was getting my hair cut. all my life i've gotten my hair cut the same way and would actually request something specific to avoid having a hot mess.

see, stylists would usually wash and condition my hair and while wet cut. what i learned early on is like alot of curly girls, as the hair dries it shrinks (especially since there was no product in my hair) so i would get these uneven cuts.

once i figured this out i would tell them to keep my hair dripping wet the whole cut or my hair would be uneven. this would woirk and i would have a straight cut, but when ever i wore my hair straight (which back then was a daily style, i hated my cirls) it would still look ratty at the ends which i assumed came from heat, relaxers, and all the extra boo boo i put in my hair.

then a few months ago i went to a new stylist who turned me on to doing dry cuts. i go in with my hair already pressed (or she'll do it) and this way she can see exactly what needs to be cut. because while my hair is wet, it all looks healthy so the other ladies werent cutting enough off. every since the dry cuts i havent had this problem.

Ironic thing is, now i dont really every where my hair straight lol. especially now as i did some serious heat damage to my hair. i mean it looks and feels heathly and there are no split ends, but i jacked up my curl pattern. and though my texture has returned, its not the same

so be careful with the heat. it just takes 1 screw up to really screw it up!
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Old 02-22-2009, 10:05 PM   #3
 
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healthy hair will give you much better results if you straighten. if youre not starting with healthy hair, then you really should put your hair through the abuse of straightening.

when was the last time you had a trim? if it has been quite sometime, then you really should get rid of any damaged, broken, split ends.

everyone seems to have a different routine for how they straighten but there seems to be a few key factors:
-start w/ healthy moisturized hair
-use a good flat iron (ceramic) and it would be best to use one that has an adjustable heat setting so you dont fry your hair
-always use a heat protectant
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Old 03-27-2009, 09:53 AM   #4
 
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What are some quality heat protectants? I straighten maybe once a week.
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What are some quality heat protectants? I straighten maybe once a week.
I was JUST about to ask this also. Right now all we have is Beyond the Zone and I'm not sure how that rates on the scale of heat protectants.
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Old 03-27-2009, 07:00 PM   #6
 
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i use my regular oil or shea butter since theyre natural and not loaded with cones like most commercial heat protectants.
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Old 03-30-2009, 12:40 AM   #7
 
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I straightened my hair last weekend, and I applied Ouidad Sun Shield leave-in and Climate Control gel to protect my hair before the blow dry. However, my hair was bone dry (no moisture) when the blow dry was complete. I tried BioSilk Silk therapy for a leave-in, but that made my hair very light. So much so that moving around it my house caused my hair to fly in my face. So I did a second pass of the flat iron with Curls Elixir pomade. This light oil gave my hair weight and shine without weighing it down.

I use a Sedu flat iron (ceramic and tourmaline).

When I had a perm, I always used BBD Stretch (DT conditioner) and Butter before blow-drying or flat ironing my hair. It will be a while before I voluntarily flat iron my hair ago due to the sheer amount of time required to handle my thick hair, but when I do, I think I'll reinvest in the BBD products since they gave my hair plenty of moisture and heat protection.

Here's a picture of my flat iron results vs. my curly results.
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Old 04-11-2009, 01:28 AM   #8
 
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i use matrix vavoom gold heat when i straighten... it does have cones but it works really well, my usually straw feeling hair feels soft and almost moves like naturally straight hair... its good priced too about 15 canadian for 250 ml...
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Old 04-12-2009, 10:15 PM   #9
 
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well im in college so I quickly learned to do my own hair just because I cant afford the nearest salon on the regular lol

i shampoo(Tresemme) then deep condition (a mix from my dominican salon and olive oil deep conditioner), usually i leave it in for at least half a day. Then i rinse that out and put in Salerm leave that in for two minutes then rinse that out.

I own my own dryer so i roller set my hair and then go under the dryer for about an hour. I then take out the rollers and spray heat protectant(chi) in between sections then i blow dry it, and then finally i straighten it!!
WHEW! that sounds like a long process but i swear its really not that bad! lol
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Old 04-13-2009, 01:31 AM   #10
 
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What are some quality heat protectants? I straighten maybe once a week.
I heard Abba Pure Thermal Protect Spray is a nice thermal protectant. What's great about it is that the silicones it's laced with are all water-soluble.
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Old 04-14-2009, 08:42 PM   #11
 
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Even when my hair was relaxed it was still quite curly. I discovered the best results of my life about a year ago.

step1: I like to detangle with conditioner and a wide tooth comb before I wash.

step2: The secret starts with how you wash the hair. Don't swirl it around since that just makes it super frizzy and harder to straighten. Once I'm in the shower I wash my hair by raking my fingers through in one direction--back-- to reduce frizz.

step3: After I wash I pat it dry and blow dry only 90%.

DRUMROLL PLEASE................ The secret to smoothe, straight hair is to use a medium temperature (nowhere near 'burn your hair off' hot) flat iron on slightly damp hair. Straighten thin sections at a time.

I know... I know... the thought of hot irons on damp hair is scary but I DID say to use only medium heat.

step4: Use a damp brush (spray it or dip it in water) to moisten dry hair as you go.

This only takes me about 30 minutes and even frayed ends look good! Good Luck!
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Old 05-30-2009, 11:26 PM   #12
 
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i use biosilk silk therapy to protect against heat... i wash, put in my biosilk, blow dry, add a lil more biosilk, flat iron, then add my moisturizer. i do this because if i add the moisturizer 1st i weigh down my hair too much. this works for me because i only flat iron my hair once every 2-3months because i did some heat damage to my hair back in dec. i dunno how well this routine would work for a girl who flat irons more regularly
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Old 06-01-2009, 09:53 AM   #13
 
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I guess I'm the only one that doesn't blow dry. I wash my hair and put in two low ponytails and braid them. Once they are fully dry then I section off and use a ceramic ion flat iron. I don't use any type of product being I didn't blow dry and it's pretty healthy!
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I straightened my hair last weekend, and I applied Ouidad Sun Shield leave-in and Climate Control gel to protect my hair before the blow dry. However, my hair was bone dry (no moisture) when the blow dry was complete. I tried BioSilk Silk therapy for a leave-in, but that made my hair very light. So much so that moving around it my house caused my hair to fly in my face. So I did a second pass of the flat iron with Curls Elixir pomade. This light oil gave my hair weight and shine without weighing it down.

I use a Sedu flat iron (ceramic and tourmaline).

When I had a perm, I always used BBD Stretch (DT conditioner) and Butter before blow-drying or flat ironing my hair. It will be a while before I voluntarily flat iron my hair ago due to the sheer amount of time required to handle my thick hair, but when I do, I think I'll reinvest in the BBD products since they gave my hair plenty of moisture and heat protection.

Here's a picture of my flat iron results vs. my curly results.
You have gorgeous hair!!!!

avaanstar, I know this post is a few months old but just wanted to chime in. It might be the technique. How are you straightening it right now? I don't blowdry because my hair would look horrible and lack shine. I only rollerset and then flatiron. The Rusk heat protectant seems to be working just fine for me.
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I guess I'm the only one that doesn't blow dry. I wash my hair and put in two low ponytails and braid them. Once they are fully dry then I section off and use a ceramic ion flat iron. I don't use any type of product being I didn't blow dry and it's pretty healthy!
that's what i used to do too, but lately when i flat iron i've been pressed for time and cant wait. before when i flat ironed every week i knew in advance to set a day aside for my hair lol
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I guess I'm the only one that doesn't blow dry. I wash my hair and put in two low ponytails and braid them. Once they are fully dry then I section off and use a ceramic ion flat iron. I don't use any type of product being I didn't blow dry and it's pretty healthy!
that's what i used to do too, but lately when i flat iron i've been pressed for time and cant wait. before when i flat ironed every week i knew in advance to set a day aside for my hair lol
Oh, I understand! It is a day's process. But, I only flat iron a couple times a year so it's not that bad. However, I actually prefer it in it's natural state now. Which is a first. I use to love wearing it straight. I guess it's because now I've figured out how to wear it natural without it frizzing and I get tons of compliments about my curls from everyone. Instead of compliments of how long it is from mostly ethnic women. I like it!!
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I guess I'm the only one that doesn't blow dry. I wash my hair and put in two low ponytails and braid them. Once they are fully dry then I section off and use a ceramic ion flat iron. I don't use any type of product being I didn't blow dry and it's pretty healthy!
that's what i used to do too, but lately when i flat iron i've been pressed for time and cant wait. before when i flat ironed every week i knew in advance to set a day aside for my hair lol
Oh, I understand! It is a day's process. But, I only flat iron a couple times a year so it's not that bad. However, I actually prefer it in it's natural state now. Which is a first. I use to love wearing it straight. I guess it's because now I've figured out how to wear it natural without it frizzing and I get tons of compliments about my curls from everyone. Instead of compliments of how long it is from mostly ethnic women. I like it!!
i feel you on that. now that my curls dont look like diana ross i prefer my curls over straight. it took my a while though because i was convinced curls just werent the style for me. so when i started all of this i would wear my hair straight all yr except for monsoon. then i started wearing it all yr but i would press it every time i went to the club or had a date or an event to go to. now i only wear it straight for hair cuts because i get better results.
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In my experience---the healthy way to straighten 3(c) is a roller set followed by blowing out the roots and preferably done by a Dominican salon in NYC!!! I don't know what it is but in my experience the Dominicans do it really well and the price is right too.

Your hair will shine and your loose curls or waves will bounce ( but they will blow it bone straight if you prefer). Since your hair is dry they only blow for a few short minutes so it avoids heat damage. If I still lived in NYC I would do this twice a week!!!!
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i live in az and there arent any dominican shops here. but when ever i go back home i get it done every time! i love it! lol
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two things work well for me. the first...

I braid my hair in four sections, with no product in it, and wait for it to air dry. Then, I spray my hair with a heat protectant and proceed to flat iron it. Silky smooth.

What works better, however...

I wash my hair and use Shea Moisture Leave In. Then I blow dry my hair until it is mostly straight, even if its not sleek. Then I go over it with my flat iron. My hair comes out super shiny and feels great.
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