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Old 04-17-2011, 01:14 AM   #1
 
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Default Flat iron q for 4a/4b curlies

Hi ladies, okay, so I decided to flat iron my hair, and myyyyy goodness. I couldnt imagine doing this regularly by myself. I blew out my hair on tuesday, then twisted it. Took them out saturday, into sunday and flat ironed sectiones, but at the ends is fuzzy and tangled. The root until almost the end has no problem straightening. First all I had was my regular oils in my hair, saw it was not getting bone straight, and then added a shine serum (no heat protectant nearby.) That didn't work for the ends but it appeared to help with the straightening. So all and all my hair still is a puff at the ends. What should I do? Do you think its the flat iron? I don't think it matters just throwing it out there. My iron is ceramic and even in small sections its not getting that straight. I do want it bone straight, but I'm not even getting "regular" straight. My hair is still big. Any tips would be nice.. Thanks.
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:56 PM   #2
 
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Has it been a while since your last trim? If you wear your hair loose or in a puff a lot this happens as well. The ends won't completely flatten out unless you trim them.

Your flat ironed hair might be getting puffy if you have any humectants in your leave in as well.

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Old 04-20-2011, 01:20 PM   #3
 
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I have a GVP flat iron from Sally's. Even though it was a generic of Chi, it was still $65, which I consider to be quite expensive. It has never worked for my hair, no matter how I've worn my hair prior to using it. I don't think iti is the iron, I think it is my hair type (4a/b), as this flat iron is supposedly a very good one. Just another hair thingee stashed away collecting dust.
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Old 05-05-2011, 07:40 PM   #4
 
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I'm straightening my hair for graduation. I'm gonna start out with a rollerset with big rollers. Then I'm gonna try the method this girl in the link below is using.

YouTube - How to Straighten Natural Hair
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Old 05-07-2011, 02:41 PM   #5
 
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Has it been a while since your last trim? If you wear your hair loose or in a puff a lot this happens as well. The ends won't completely flatten out unless you trim them.

Your flat ironed hair might be getting puffy if you have any humectants in your leave in as well.

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Yes, it's important that the ends are recently trimmed before flatironing. I never thought of the humectants, but it makes sense that it would be a factor in the poofiness.

Also, you ALWAYS want to have a silicone heat protectant applied to your hair BEFORE you use a flatiron. Not only will the silicone protect your hair, but it will keep it from getting poofy.

Flatironing with oils only is the same as frying an egg in oil... it just, well... fries.

I flatironed my hair recently (I hadn't done it in about two years). I had a recent trim and used lots of heat-protecting silicone. The only way for my kinks to straighten is to crank up a professional (I have a ceramic SOLIA) to 400 degrees. It was straight and shiny (and I must admit - beautiful!), but the ends still dried out.

My hair is back to the normal, bouncy, shiny curls after a sulfate wash and a protein deep-treatment, but it might be another two years before I even think about doing that again!
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:35 AM   #6
 
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you could accept the curls at the end of your hair.

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Old 05-09-2011, 07:43 AM   #7
 
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also i am not sure using a blow dryer on 4 b hair is the best.

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Old 05-22-2011, 06:02 AM   #8
 
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When I flat iron my hair I use a brush. First I blow it out while combing it down with a wide tooth comb. Then I flat iron it the same day. I don't wait. I don't know if that makes a difference. Then I use a regular bristle brush and brush out each section before I flat iron it. I wouldn't use oil either I use a heat protectant before I blow dry and flat iron. Afterwards my hair looks good and if my ends feel dry I just wrap my hair when I go to sleep and the next day they don't.

Also, the flat iron does make a difference. I have have about four different flat irons that were all ceramic and what I have noticed is the more it cost the better it is. Right now I have a Hana Professional which was rated better than the Chi. But I also used to have the GVP and it works pretty good too. I also used the same method on my mothers hair (she has 4b) and it got her hair really straight too.
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Old 05-22-2011, 10:41 AM   #9
 
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Thanks, I will go and re-research flat irons. Know any good ones under 100?
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:54 PM   #10
 
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http://www.misikko.com/ is where I got mine. The GVP was good but I never used it on my natural hair so I'm not sure how it would work. But look for ceramic and tourmaline. Those are good and something that goes up to 400 degrees.
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:06 AM   #11
 
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I ended up buying a solia on folica. I will be getting it today. Is GVP a brand name?
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Old 05-26-2011, 09:38 AM   #12
 
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You should trim, and when you do flat iron, use a carbon comb to "chase" after the flat-iron. I used it and it has made my flat iron results a lot better.
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