Frizzy ends after flat ironing?

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Hey all, so I flat ironed my hair this weekend and it came out beautiful EXCEPT dry frizzy ends. I run my hands through it until wham....dry natty ends. Is it that I need a trim or I am simply not going over the bottom with the ends enough?
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You could need a trim, in my opinion. The same happened to me once.
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This used to happen to me when I first went natural, and thinking I was damaged ends I cut off about 2-3 inches for no reason . What I recommend is using the "Comb-Chase method" when you flat iron. You could have damaged ends but try this before you run for the scissors.
The comb chase method is when you run a comb or detangling brush (denman type) down your hair and follow it with a flat iron. Not sure if I explained it correctly but try googling comb chase method for a better explanation.
Or you could get a maxiglide which comb-chases for you.
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This used to happen to me when I first went natural, and thinking I was damaged ends I cut off about 2-3 inches for no reason . What I recommend is using the "Comb-Chase method" when you flat iron. You could have damaged ends but try this before you run for the scissors.
The comb chase method is when you run a comb or detangling brush (denman type) down your hair and follow it with a flat iron. Not sure if I explained it correctly but try googling comb chase method for a better explanation.
Or you could get a maxiglide which comb-chases for you.
HTH =]
Originally Posted by katherinelovesevryone
+1
Or flat iron in smaller sections.
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Comb chase for sure!!! The comb I use is in my vid on straightening - YouTube - How I Straighten My Natural Hair

The first time I tried to straighten I didn't comb chase and got the same result you did, second time I comb chased and it was SO much better! I still couldn't wear my hair out though because it starts to revert like...as soon as I'm done, lol.
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Thanks. I know what the comb-chase method is and it does not work for me AT ALL...1 my hand shakes to much and two even if I detangled if I try to run the tail comb or brush through it it'll rip so I have to start from the bottom. For some odd reason when I blow dried my hair the ends were hard to go through once it was fully dry yet when it was wet fresh from a condition and detangle the brush went right through. I find that very odd....Right then I had a feeling the ends would be frizzy after flat ironing. I don't think I need a trim because I blow dried twice months ago cuz I thought I had damaged ends but it's just the nature of my hair. I would say maybe my hair isn't for flat ironing but I find that impossible since the rest of my head is straight (it has not even reverted yet)
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Last edited by bklyn_belle; 02-20-2011 at 06:05 PM.
Thanks. I know what the comb-chase method is and it does not work for me AT ALL...1 my hand shakes to much and two even if I detangled if I try to run the tail comb or brush through it it'll rip so I have to start from the bottom. For some odd reason when I blow dried my hair the ends were hard to go through once it was fully dry yet when it was wet fresh from a condition and detangle the brush went right through. I find that very odd....
Originally Posted by bklyn_belle
How much product did you use, and what did you use? When I comb chase I use the comb with the clamp so it doesn't matter if your hand shakes. I also comb through first with the fine tooth comb so when I do it again with the iron there are no snags.
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I used a little bit if conditioner, a lil bit of castor oil, and heat protectant. But as I was blow drying I heard snapping. Not enouggmh conditioner maybe? Or maybe the castor oil should be eliminated?
Texture: proud 4a (3c at the nape).
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I used a little bit if conditioner, a lil bit of castor oil, and heat protectant. But as I was blow drying I heard snapping. Not enouggmh conditioner maybe? Or maybe the castor oil should be eliminated?
Originally Posted by bklyn_belle
That's probably too much product, especially because castor oil is thick. It's best to straighten with as little product as possible. You can use a leave-in that doubles as a heat protectant to minimize.

Also, I don't like to blow dry my hair then flat iron anymore - blow drying personally breaks my hair off. I roller set my hair then flat ironed.
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Last edited by ellepixie; 02-21-2011 at 07:09 AM.
It could be a mixture of things, you ends may need trimmed because I usually had the same issue when id have my hair curly for a while then flat iron, BUT for me personally I NEVER use oil on my hair when I use heat. think about what oil and heat do with meat, it frys it. If im going to flat iron my hair I clarify it to make sure all of the oils are out, i put a light leave in on it like herbal essence long term relationship one, then a heat protecting serum and a small amount of paul mitchells super skinny for shine. blow dry then ANOTHER heat protector ghd thermal spray on each section before I flat iron. just a small amount so its not a product overload. the serums i mix before i blow dry is just a dime size amount for my whole head and thats combined (the super skinny and either redkens smooth glide or design line from regis silk drops.) if my hair has too much product it wont straighten right, sometimes to smooth out the frizzy ends i go over that part slowly using a comb to make them more smooth. hth
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sounds like you need a trim.

i just flat ironed my hair last week (pics are in my fotki!)and i always use the chase brush method. i this time i used my denman but i usually use a boar bristle brush. i always do it on an old wash n go. so this time i did it on the previous day's wash no go where i used elucence mb conditioner as a leave in, castor oil, and KCSS. i find that the dirtier my hair is the better because it acts like a heat protectant and it stops my hair from reverting back immediately. my ends usually tell the truth about the condition of my hair. this time they came out great but that's because my hair is healthier overall.
Oh wow you are right oil does make meat fry I never thought of it that way. I am just paranoid of breakage so I seal allll the time. But subbrock I see that you use castor and while hair is dirty vs most people clarify and don't use oil. Hmm trial and error I guess...I am also going to trim my ends once I go back curly it's easier for me that way. Does anyone here use humidity spray? I use that to keep my hair from reverting and it works! I got it on sale at Marshall's the brand is Mizani.
Texture: proud 4a (3c at the nape).
Regimen: co-wash everyday.deep condition, de-tangle and seal once a week.
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oil does not make meat fry. the heat makes meat fry. put meat in a skillet with oil and meat in a skillet with no oil and watch what happens. the skillet with no oil is where you will get stick and easier burning. natural oils are great heat protectants and a great alternative to silicone laden heat protectants.
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thats intresting, I saw awhile ago somewhere oil isnt good on your hair if heat is going to be on it so i stopped any my hair is much dif not having oil and heat on it like i used to i just try to keep any extra oil off of my hair if heat is going to be on it.
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different strokes for different folks i guess. for me and my hair, there is no way i'm going to use heat on my naked hair and natural oils are great heat protectants. just doing a quick search i found a "factoid" that says grapeseed oil resists heat up to 425 degrees. i've never had to deal with heat damage since i've been natural and i attribute that to my use of oils.

there really isn't a product (short of alcohol or gasoline) that is going to fry your hair the instant heat touches it. it's all about the amount of heat you use.
The last time I straightened my hair was like almost two monts ago. My ends were were not split, but they were very frizzy and I had little knots on many strands. I didn't clip my ends then (I was in a rush) but I clipped them last week. I am just now starting to seal my ends. This should make a difference. Anyway, go over your ends best as you can and trim the rest.

When I straighten my hair, I wash and condition it and while it's damp, I apply my heat protectant (Sabino Moisture block ). I follow that with blow drying and after that, pressing. Once that's done, I'll add a little oil to my scalp.
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different strokes for different folks i guess. for me and my hair, there is no way i'm going to use heat on my naked hair and natural oils are great heat protectants. just doing a quick search i found a "factoid" that says grapeseed oil resists heat up to 425 degrees. i've never had to deal with heat damage since i've been natural and i attribute that to my use of oils.

there really isn't a product (short of alcohol or gasoline) that is going to fry your hair the instant heat touches it. it's all about the amount of heat you use.
Originally Posted by subbrock
yeah I would never put heat on my naked hair, I use a serum protectant when I blow dry then a spray one on each section with I flat iron
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Same thing happened to me. The key is to get your technique in your blow dry or stretch process. If your ends aren't straight before it's time to flat iron, then the end results will be the same. Work on your technique to blow dry and get the ends completely stretched and you should see an improvement in your flat iron results!
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So I asked my friend who flat ironsoften and she said she avoids oil cuz it weighs her hair down. I also searched through youtube vids and noticed some people dont use a blow dryer they either air dry or roller set first. One woman noted that her hair hates dry heat instead, it takes to steam from her flat iron I forgot what brand.
Texture: proud 4a (3c at the nape).
Regimen: co-wash everyday.deep condition, de-tangle and seal once a week.
Current Favs: Treseme Naturals shampoo & conditioner, wide tooth comb, coconut oil, Shea Moisture curling smoothie, ampro clear styling gel .
Protective Style: buns

visit my fashion & culture website: http://www.beautyandthestreetmag.blogspot.com
So I asked my friend who flat ironsoften and she said she avoids oil cuz it weighs her hair down. I also searched through youtube vids and noticed some people dont use a blow dryer they either air dry or roller set first. One woman noted that her hair hates dry heat instead, it takes to steam from her flat iron I forgot what brand.
Originally Posted by bklyn_belle
i never blow dry first, but that's 100% because i don't know how to blow dry without just turning my hair into a big ol' mess. LOL

i've always wondered how those steam flat irons would work on natural hair! it doesn't cause instant reversion or anything crazy?

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