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chocolatepie 11-15-2013 08:59 PM

How bad is straightening?
 
Alright.. so I've been CG for about 4 months now, and I haven't pulled out the straightener at all. However the last few weeks my hair has just felt really blah and boring. I also received a few negative comments about my curls a while ago and it made me feel a bit insecure. I bounced the idea of straightening my hair to a few of my friends and all except one encouraged me to do it.
So my question is- should I straighten it? How much damage does one straightening actually do? On one hand I really want to just wear it straight once, but on the other hand I don't want my curls to be ruined or anything.

Firefox7275 11-16-2013 02:20 AM

How much damage you do depends on temperature, technique/ speed, hair type, if hair is bone dry, heat protectant ingredients. It is possible to destroy curl pattern or cause breakage (bubble hair) in one session.

nichelej05 11-16-2013 03:40 AM

I went for an entire year with absolutely no heat to my hair. After one session with a flat iron, I suffered heat damage. I actually went to a professional stylist to get my hair done but I don't think she was aware of natural hair properties. Luckily, she didnt straighten all of my hair but it still looks like crap. My curls look so voluminous and curly until you get to the damaged hair. The damage is more wavy and looks limp and flat. It looks like I have permed hair and transitioning all over again. Now I just wear styles to camouflage it but the ends are still straight so I'll eventually have to cut it.

I'm not trying to discourage you but just giving you a problem that I am still struggling with four months later. However, I've seen a few naturals straighten their hair with no problem. If you straighten your hair, try to use as low heat as possible with some kind of protectant. You could even do a non - heat stretching method. If your hair feels boring, try different styles. Look at some of the pictures and videos online. Ladies are very creative when it comes to different styles.

Also, I really wouldn't worry too much about what others think. Just like you, I received some negative feedback but I also received good as well. Sometimes people don't understand curly hair because they're not used to seeing it. They're used to straightened hair and anything outside the norm is considered bad. Other times, people say things out of sheer jealousy.

You may not want to let others dictate how you style your hair. After all, its your hair. Its not meant for everyone to understand and/or like. Its unique to you. If anything happens to your gorgeous locks, you're stuck with the consequences, not them.



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Originally Posted by chocolatepie (Post 2224135)
Alright.. so I've been CG for about 4 months now, and I haven't pulled out the straightener at all. However the last few weeks my hair has just felt really blah and boring. I also received a few negative comments about my curls a while ago and it made me feel a bit insecure. I bounced the idea of straightening my hair to a few of my friends and all except one encouraged me to do it.
So my question is- should I straighten it? How much damage does one straightening actually do? On one hand I really want to just wear it straight once, but on the other hand I don't want my curls to be ruined or anything.


chocolatepie 11-16-2013 09:15 AM

Thank you both!
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Originally Posted by nichelej05 (Post 2224181)
I went for an entire year with absolutely no heat to my hair. After one session with a flat iron, I suffered heat damage. I actually went to a professional stylist to get my hair done but I don't think she was aware of natural hair properties. Luckily, she didnt straighten all of my hair but it still looks like crap. My curls look so voluminous and curly until you get to the damaged hair. The damage is more wavy and looks limp and flat. It looks like I have permed hair and transitioning all over again. Now I just wear styles to camouflage it but the ends are still straight so I'll eventually have to cut it.

I'm not trying to discourage you but just giving you a problem that I am still struggling with four months later. However, I've seen a few naturals straighten their hair with no problem. If you straighten your hair, try to use as low heat as possible with some kind of protectant. You could even do a non - heat stretching method. If your hair feels boring, try different styles. Look at some of the pictures and videos online. Ladies are very creative when it comes to different styles.

Also, I really wouldn't worry too much about what others think. Just like you, I received some negative feedback but I also received good as well. Sometimes people don't understand curly hair because they're not used to seeing it. They're used to straightened hair and anything outside the norm is considered bad. Other times, people say things out of sheer jealousy.

You may not want to let others dictate how you style your hair. After all, its your hair. Its not meant for everyone to understand and/or like. Its unique to you. If anything happens to your gorgeous locks, you're stuck with the consequences, not them.

Thank you, this actually really helped. Do you mind me asking what your curl type? I have 2b-2c type hair, and typically my hair is pretty easy to straighten, so I'm wondering if that would make it easier on my hair.
But I think I'l probably stay away from the straightener for a little bit more anyways. I think what made me so insecure was the negative comment came with someone who actually had curly hair but I guess I need to stop taking negative comments so close to heart.
Thank you again, and good luck with your hair :)

chocolatepie 11-16-2013 09:15 AM

Thank you both!
Quote:

Originally Posted by nichelej05 (Post 2224181)
I went for an entire year with absolutely no heat to my hair. After one session with a flat iron, I suffered heat damage. I actually went to a professional stylist to get my hair done but I don't think she was aware of natural hair properties. Luckily, she didnt straighten all of my hair but it still looks like crap. My curls look so voluminous and curly until you get to the damaged hair. The damage is more wavy and looks limp and flat. It looks like I have permed hair and transitioning all over again. Now I just wear styles to camouflage it but the ends are still straight so I'll eventually have to cut it.

I'm not trying to discourage you but just giving you a problem that I am still struggling with four months later. However, I've seen a few naturals straighten their hair with no problem. If you straighten your hair, try to use as low heat as possible with some kind of protectant. You could even do a non - heat stretching method. If your hair feels boring, try different styles. Look at some of the pictures and videos online. Ladies are very creative when it comes to different styles.

Also, I really wouldn't worry too much about what others think. Just like you, I received some negative feedback but I also received good as well. Sometimes people don't understand curly hair because they're not used to seeing it. They're used to straightened hair and anything outside the norm is considered bad. Other times, people say things out of sheer jealousy.

You may not want to let others dictate how you style your hair. After all, its your hair. Its not meant for everyone to understand and/or like. Its unique to you. If anything happens to your gorgeous locks, you're stuck with the consequences, not them.

Thank you, this actually really helped. Do you mind me asking what your curl type? I have 2b-2c type hair, and typically my hair is pretty easy to straighten, so I'm wondering if that would make it easier on my hair.
But I think I'l probably stay away from the straightener for a little bit more anyways. I think what made me so insecure was the negative comment came with someone who actually had curly hair but I guess I need to stop taking negative comments so close to heart.
Thank you again, and good luck with your hair :)

AngelaE8654 03-21-2014 01:40 PM

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It also depends on the straightening iron. I used straightening irons quite a bit in the past; I used to wear the "shoulder length straight bob" look. I didn't suffer any damage from that. However, one time I was 'swayed' into purchasing one of those high heat straighters from a kiosk at the mall and it burnt my hair. On my left side and in my bangs, I had patches of severely damaged hair. It was horrible. :(

Also, if you're going to straighten your hair you want to make sure to get a really good cut. When I had a great cut, my straightened hair looks awesome all day. I could comb it with a regular comb and everything (since when is a "curly girl" ever able to comb her hair?) and it always looked great. Later on, when I didn't have as good a cut, I could never get it to look right at all when straightening. The cut made all the difference in the world.


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