Help! Tried to straighten!

I am so upset! Am I the only curly girl that finds it impossible to straighten her hair! I even tried a Sedu which is supposedly the best! Maybe I put the wrong stuff in it. I used Flat out by KMS and biosilk Shine on. I did use a blow dryer on cold and hot (switched back and forth). I only used the blower because otherwise it would have taken all day to dry! Then I sectioned each layer and used the sedu. It was so frizzy especially the ends. I didn't even finish the last two layers because I saw that it was futile. It was straighter but the ends just ruined the look. No matter what I do to my ends they always look dry! Not even trimming them helps. Anyway, I am so depressed. Don't get me wrong I like my curly hair but it would be so nice to have a different look every once in a while! I had such high hopes due to all the rave reviews on folica.com for the Sedu. My husband said I should try again before I send it back but I don't want to go through it all again. Oh well!
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I find that my hair is impossible to straighten too. I have a sedu and a chi, have had the chi for years and the sedu for about a year and a half, and every once in a while attempt to straighten my hair. I read reviews from the sedu/chi before I got them, and it baffles me that people were saying in them things like "my hair was perfectly straight with one pass". And here I am passing the flatiron like 7 times over each section.

Anyway, when I do straighten my hair, I can never get the back straight, and I still see overall ripples in certain lights, even after passing the flatiron several times over each section. I have tried straightening my hair from curly, from blowdried, from airdried, and it never makes any difference. I have tried several products, without products, it really does not make a difference in my hair. With these mediocre results, it takes about an hour and a half. I havn't attempted to straighten in the past 5 months or so, I think I have given up. I do like my hair curly, though.
I could never get my hair to straighten completely, which is why I decided to give up straightening all together.
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Moohahaha! That was punishment from the Curly Goddess so that you never ever break her 1st Commandment "Thou Shall Not Straighten" again!

Sorry, I just couldn't resist! The truth is that I had a similar experience with a flat iron. I have straightened very few times since I went on CG and hearing so much about flat ironing I wanted to jump on the bandwagon, at least every now and then. I would never spend a lot of money on something I'd only use occasionally so I just had set my sight on a wet/dry one at Walgreen's and waited for it to go on sale. With trepidation one hot afternoon I carefully prepared myself but, ugh, even what I spent was so NOT worth it . It was taking me so long I had to finish with my brush dryer, at least that way I would not have to be afraid of scorching my hair, but all I had already dried turned to pure frizz.

I remember when I was young back in the early '70s blow drying came of age but there were these models that came with brush and comb attachments. I was in Puerto Rico and got a magazine that had instructions on "how to blow dry" so I ran and bought one but I ended with a big head of poof. I had to come up with my own method so I could get smooth hair.

I sectioned my hair more thinly so I could roll each section on a big curler as soon as it was dry but still very warm. When all my head was done I'd put on a "triangle" net on (to hold any flyaways in place) and blow hot air all around my head for a bit , then I let it to cool off really well before taking the curlers off. My hair would be smooth and soft but had "body" as it was used then (not flat like today...). When I went back home I taught my sisters and friends how to do it because in our humid climate they all got frizz too.
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Thanks for all your replys. I washed my hair again this morning and it looks like it will be a good curly hair day. At least all that straightening I did yesterday with all the sectioning etc. got all the tangles and loose hairs out. I guess I will just try to be happy with what God gave me. Maybe I will try to get some bigger loopy curls instead of stick straight. Won't be trying anything new for a while though!
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What hair type do you have? I'm a 3a/b and my hair straightens easily with a flat iron. My 3c friend though, says it takes her a half hour to straighten one tiny section (she never straightens her hair anyway!)
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I also have 3b hair and the only thing I found that straightens my hair and doesn't take forever is the Maxiglide. No weird waves, just very straight hair. It felt great and no frizz. It lasted like 3 days. I have a drawer full of straighteners and tossed them all when I got this one. It is a bit pricey but worth it for a little change.
Anyway, when I do straighten my hair, I can never get the back straight, and I still see overall ripples in certain lights, even after passing the flatiron several times over each section.
Originally Posted by CurlyGina2
That happens to me too. I can never seem to get it straight, even when I run the flat iron over it repeatedly. However, usually people don't see your hair in that light, so I guess it's okay.

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Anyway, when I do straighten my hair, I can never get the back straight, and I still see overall ripples in certain lights, even after passing the flatiron several times over each section.
Originally Posted by CurlyGina2
That happens to me too. I can never seem to get it straight, even when I run the flat iron over it repeatedly. However, usually people don't see your hair in that light, so I guess it's okay.
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sometimes I think its okay if I straighten it is not PERFECT, but mostly I think that if I spend an hour and a half or more straightening my hair, it should be the way I want it = ). I see too many people walking around with fried, dried, hair that has obviously been straightened, and I think, why don't they just wear it wavy/curly?
All I know is that I can *never* get my hair as flat as my stylist. When she blows it out it doesn't even look or feel like my own hair. So I don't even bother anymore - I just let her do it when I have an appointment.
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