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Old 01-07-2012, 06:58 PM   #1
 
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Default Would I regret a blow out/straightening my hair?

So I'm tired of my afro'. I'm thinking about getting a blow out and straightening my hair. I don't want to regret my decision though.

Any regrets for those who straighten their natural hair? Heat damage is one of my concerns. As well as losing my curly texture.

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Old 01-14-2012, 11:19 PM   #2
 
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I have only tried to blow out or flat iron my hair a few times since I went natural. When I did, I used a heat protectant and didn't have heat damage.
My problem with straightening is that it doesn't last long enough to justify the time it takes. Depending on your hair length and the person doing it, flat-ironing can take hours. Have you tried a lot of other natural styles besides your afro puff?
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I forgot to say if you are worried, go to someone you trust. I don't trust hair dressers with my curls so I got my cousin (who is also natural) flat iron my hair. She's had a lot of practice flat-ironing her own curls and understands the importance of heat protectants.
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Old 01-23-2012, 10:34 AM   #4
 
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I don't flat iron my hair often but I have not had any regrets. I have a really great hair stylist so I don't think twice when I get the urge to flat iron (again, which is not very often). I guess heat damage will always be a possibility but if it's something you really want to do I say go for it.
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As long as you take the proper precautions you shouldn't have any problems. Make sure you use a heat protectant and the lowest heat possible to get the the desired look. I personally don't straighten mine anymore because it takes a long time and I'm so limited in my activity because any type of moisture (sweat, steam from hot showers, rain etc) will make it a puffy mess. Have you thought about roller sets, curlformers, flexi rods etc? They give you that press n' curl look without using direct heat
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Old 01-24-2012, 09:12 PM   #6
 
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As long as you take the proper precautions you shouldn't have any problems. Make sure you use a heat protectant and the lowest heat possible to get the the desired look. I personally don't straighten mine anymore because it takes a long time and I'm so limited in my activity because any type of moisture (sweat, steam from hot showers, rain etc) will make it a puffy mess. Have you thought about roller sets, curlformers, flexi rods etc? They give you that press n' curl look without using direct heat
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My last "blowout" and iron was around Christmas time and I highly regret it. I did a curl former set to stretch my hair and then went over it with a flat iron. The next day a lady volunteered to press my hair and I allowed her to do it without any heat protectant.
She hot combed it first, then followed with a flat iron. A few minutes later my hair begin to puff up so it was ironed for the third time in two days on the highest heat setting.
To make a long story short. Use adequate heat Protectants and the lowest heat setting possible like the adult poster mentioned.
A roller set and a wrap will straighten your hair just fine.
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You will only have regrets if you end up with heat damage.But i recommend you take the right precautions and begin with the lowest heat that can stretch your hair, possible, that way you have less chances to get damages.
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:03 PM   #8
 
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I've only had my hair straightened once since I went natural and my style didn't last the next day. Humid air just made it puffy.

I have a straightening comb but I don't have patience!

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