Frizzy Ends!

Quick question! (Ok maybe not so quick). Anyway, I straightened my hair for the 1st time since going natural awhile back and while I was running the flat iron on my ends, I noticed that my ends were crunchy, hard, and would not respond to heat. It was very discouraging, because some sections of my hair had that affect almost half way up my hair. I quickly washed my hair (in fear that it was heat damage) but now I'm scared of ever straightening my hair ever again. The rough scratchiness of my hair was mainly on the ends (the rest was smooth and silky). Can anyone help me figure out what that was all about? Was it scab hair? Or just bad ends?

Thanks ya'll!
What heat protectant were you using? Also, do your ends feel rough when they are curly?
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My hair reacts the same to heat, and I think it is because I have very coily hair. The (very) few times that I've tried to flat iron my hair, my ends do NOT completely straighten and they feel crunchy and weird because they make sharp zig zags (i.e., didn't completely straighten). Like Elle said, if they don't feel that way when your hair is in its coily state, your hair probably isn't damaged, it just doesn't straighten well. I think the roughness isn't anything to get worried about, as the last inch or so of hair is going to be a little rougher feeling, and the straightness just exacerbates the feeling.

You could try "stretching" (i.e., banding, twisting, or braiding) your hair before trying to heat style to see if you can get it straighter. But there's always the possibility that your kinks are like mine and just ain't having the straight thing. =)

Oh, and be sure to use heat protectants if you decide to straighten in the future.
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What heat protectant were you using? Also, do your ends feel rough when they are curly?
Originally Posted by ellepixie
My ends feel fine when it's in its coiled state. They even look great naturally. But it's awful when straightened. I did use a heat protectant, but perhaps I need to apply more on my ends.
My hair reacts the same to heat, and I think it is because I have very coily hair. The (very) few times that I've tried to flat iron my hair, my ends do NOT completely straighten and they feel crunchy and weird because they make sharp zig zags (i.e., didn't completely straighten). Like Elle said, if they don't feel that way when your hair is in its coily state, your hair probably isn't damaged, it just doesn't straighten well. I think the roughness isn't anything to get worried about, as the last inch or so of hair is going to be a little rougher feeling, and the straightness just exacerbates the feeling.

You could try "stretching" (i.e., banding, twisting, or braiding) your hair before trying to heat style to see if you can get it straighter. But there's always the possibility that your kinks are like mine and just ain't having the straight thing. =)

Oh, and be sure to use heat protectants if you decide to straighten in the future.
Originally Posted by maybejadey

Maybe that's what it is. But wouldn't my hair have a hard time being straight throughout my hair shaft and not just on the ends?
Hair on the ends are older and will look rougher when straightening because of that. I use chemicals and still have that problem.

I didn't change my products because I was using some expensive stuff. Instead, I adjusted what the new "straight" would me for me because my hair won't behave the same as my fully relaxed days.

I noticed my ends would look better after successive days. Keeping my hair wrapped and using moisturizing products help. I don't go crazy with the heat anymore. Heat can only do so much and then if you try to make it do more you get damage.
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I had the same problem the first time I flat ironed my hair. I thought my ends were damaged, but the previous posters are right, if they feel okay coily then its fine. If you want smoother ends you can use the comb chase method or get a straightening comb to use with your flat iron. They look like this:


You could also use a tension brush. I found this one at ulta:

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