4a girl stuck with straight haired family

I just started this and figure my hair is 4a and since I always wear my hair up (so much easier) I wanted to wear it straight and down for my prom on saturday.To save money my cousin offered to do it for me. I'm mixed and I only know the white side of my family so they don't really understand how to work with my hair or that the way they do their hair probably won't work for me. I've had my hair done once and it turned out great so I have a basic idea for what to do but what i really need some help with are products. I have none, so what should i use to protect my hair from the heat, try to hide my terrible ends, and keep it from getting frizzy throughout the night (the cheaper the better and hopefully something i can find at walmart)
Rather than hide bad ends, you should really get a trim. To keep frizz away, keep your hair super moisturized. I use a conditioner from the healthfood store, but a really good, drugstore condish is Neutrogena Triple Moisture. It is not CG, though. You should also use a couple of drops of olive oil or avocado oil to "seal" in the conditioner- not enough to make the hair greasy... no one should be able to see/feel the oil in your hair. As for shampoo and rinse out condish, I just use VO5 Moisture Milks (very affordable)
My signature style: the "braid n' curl"
High porosity, normal elasticity, high density, thick strands, DRY (must moisturize/oil and DT a lot), tangles easily. Highly textured...curl softener+demi-perm color.
Straightened length: Waist (layers)
Textured length: (variable) full SL to BSL

Condish/Shampoo: VO5
Pre-poo: mild protein(VO5)+castor oil+tea tree
Steam treatments: 1-2x weekly
Daily routine and DT: Moisturize w/ Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose+Olive oil and seal w/ Avocado oil
I just started this and figure my hair is 4a and since I always wear my hair up (so much easier) I wanted to wear it straight and down for my prom on Saturday. To save money my cousin offered to do it for me. I'm mixed and I only know the white side of my family so they don't really understand how to work with my hair or that the way they do their hair probably won't work for me. I've had my hair done once and it turned out great so I have a basic idea for what to do but what i really need some help with are products. I have none, so what should i use to protect my hair from the heat, try to hide my terrible ends, and keep it from getting frizzy throughout the night (the cheaper the better and hopefully something i can find at walmart)
Originally Posted by La(Tish)A
Oh girrrrrl, I feel you. I may have "white hair," but my entire fam has stick-straight, 1a hair and ADORE the challenge of straightening my unruly, 3a-3b curls. And for shows, I often have to straighten 3c-4b curls and it kills me, but I do it.
If your ends are a mess, get a trim. Bring in your own products and jank. My hairdresser will cowash my hair and scrunch my hair with a curl cloth if I ask and he hardly gets paid anything, so don't stress.

Here's what I do. Obviously, cowash and whatever first, but THEN:
1. Leave-in. Heat, etc. SUCKS the moisture right out of your hair, so get on that. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle is really nice if you need it.
2. Use a heat protectant on your hair when it's wet. Mine's currently AWOL, but I'm sure a little googlin' will send you right to a nice, drugstore protectant.
3. Blow dry your hair straight first, with a paddle brush and the little straightening end on blowdryers that look like a vacuum nozzle. It'll look suck momentarily, but it gives for more hold in the long run.
4. MORE HEAT PROTECTANT. Lather that stuff on.
5. Straighten. Several times over.
6. Anti-frizz serum. (Proclaim Glossing Polish is my all-time fave.)
7. Hairspray. The Herbal Essences straight one with killer hold always worked for me.
8. Keep that hairspray IN YOUR BAG. And a brush, for that matter.
9. Party and avoid humidity.
3a. Hiiiigh porosity. ii density. Fine.

Co-Wash: Suave Naturals Coconut/VO5 Tea Therapy.
Detangle: Renpure Organics My Pretty Hair is Parched!/Suave Naturals Coconut/VO5 Tea Therapy.
Leave-In: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle.
Gel: LA Looks Sport or Fantasia IC Hair Polisher Styling Gel.

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