Flat ironing vs. blow drying?

Hey everyone

I figured something out about my hair the past summer, and that is, that it isn't that important if I use sulfates or not and how much I wash my hair (either 2-3 times a week or only once a week), but what really affects my hair is blow drying (with a diffuser, but still). Last year I used to wet my hair in the morning, put in products and blow dried it, and it looked ok I guess. In the summer I switched to taking a shower at night and in the morning just fixing some weird parts in my hair. So for a few months I didn't use heat on my hair at all, and it turned out really soft, shiney, clumpy and ringlet-y.
But once it got colder it didn't seem to work anymore (no matter what products I used), so I went to blow-drying every morning again, and my hair has gotten worse.
Since now it's really really cold anyways and all I want to do is staying warm with hats and scarfs and all, I figured I might just flat iron my hair twice a week for a couple of weeks instead of wearing my hair curly and blow drying it everyday.

I'd just like to hear your guys' opinion on that; do you think it's worse to straighten my hair twice a week, or to blow-dry it everyday (on medium heat, by the way)?

(Of course I still want to embrace my curls and such, it's just that with all the stuff I have to put on to stay warm it gets annoying trying to get my hair to look good when it's being pulled on all the time)
German Curlie
2c/3a/3b, fine-medium, high porosity

Still figuring out what my hair wants! :P
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Mod-CG due to my fine hair and lots of time in a chlorinated pool.

No silicones!
Recently using:
Washing: Schauma Push-Up Volumen Shampoo, Hercut Shampoo for curls
Conditioning: Garnier Fructis Volume, Garnier Arganoil Conditioner
Styling: Loreal FX Gel, Nivea Flexible Curls Mousse




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I think flat ironing would be worse for your hair than blow drying because you're pressing heat directly onto your hair and it's so much hotter than the air of a blow dryer. I mean, if it would be more convientiant that's fine, but pay attention to how your hair is reacting and of course really condition it to retain moisture. Also, instead of straightening all the time during those weeks, maybe you could try doing updos to give your hair a break from product/heat.

About your issues with blow drying in general, have you tried blow drying on the cool setting? It works for me, just takes longer. Also, if you're using sulfates or a shampoo, maybe you should try out a heat protectant while blow drying. Definitely use a heat protectant if you decide to straighten.
Fine Texture, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity. Dyed to brown a few months ago.
Lowpoo:
Trader Joe's TTT Shampoo
Rinse Out:
Yes to Carrots, AOHR, Aubrey Organics Rosemary Peppermint
LI: Yes to Carrots
Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, LA Looks Sports, Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Mousse
Hey!
Thanks for your idea with the updos, I will definitely try that. I like to wear a hat in winter (I kind of have to, or otherwise I really get ear pain) so maybe doing a braid might work.
Yes, I definitely use a heat protectant when I straighten my hair. I haven't found one without silicones that I could use when blow-drying though, but I might consider that (even though I use sulfate shampoos from time to time, I still don't use silicones).
My hair takes pretty long to be completely dry (maybe 15-20 minutes on medium heat), so on the cool setting it might take really long. I might try it out though, just to see if my hair likes that better than the warmer air.
German Curlie
2c/3a/3b, fine-medium, high porosity

Still figuring out what my hair wants! :P
Loved yarn braids!!!

Mod-CG due to my fine hair and lots of time in a chlorinated pool.

No silicones!
Recently using:
Washing: Schauma Push-Up Volumen Shampoo, Hercut Shampoo for curls
Conditioning: Garnier Fructis Volume, Garnier Arganoil Conditioner
Styling: Loreal FX Gel, Nivea Flexible Curls Mousse




<3 Music <3

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