HAiR TAKES F0REVER T0 FLAT-iRON!

Flat-ironing my hair myself takes about 4 hours--NO LIE! And it doesnt even get really staight. Like is that normal?!?! I dont think so..I mean, I do everything you're supposed to before you flat-iron your hair too---wash-condish-dry-put on heat protetant..and it STILL takes forever and doesnt get straight. Its crazy, cuz recently my friend flat-ironed my hair it was sooo straight in half the time,n her flat iron wasnt expensive or anything... I got the flat iron not too long ago too...like 3 months ago. I noticed the very first time I used it it worked good, then after that---downhill.
I mean, yeah it was kinda cheap, but I know people with cheap flat irons and the same hair type as me that work better than mine for some reason. What do you think it wrong?

"Thinkin' of a master plan"

My hair type is: 3C/4A
Mine takes about 4 hours to flatiron as well but I tend to like my results.

I think cooling off the hair as I go along helps. I also like to pull a small tooth comb through the strand and have the iron follow right behind it.

I use the Jilbere from Sally's.
Mine takes about 4 hours to flatiron as well but I tend to like my results.

I think cooling off the hair as I go along helps. I also like to pull a small tooth comb through the strand and have the iron follow right behind it.

I use the Jilbere from Sally's.
Originally Posted by svt
Yeah, but mine doesnt even come out that straight

"Thinkin' of a master plan"

My hair type is: 3C/4A
I used to have that problem, so I didn't straighten for about 2 years. Even when I got it done at the salon the hairdresser could barely ever get my hair straight and if she actually managed to straighten it, then it would last for less than 2 hours before poofing up again. When I would try it at home I would use a cheapie wet/dry straightener and it would take so long that I would just give up halfway though after seeing the nasty fried poof I had created and wash my hair then put it up. Now though, I seem to have found a technique that works for me. I do a brown sugar scrub and an ACV rinse, this is to help with greasy roots that I get on straight hair. Then I condition or deep condition ( MopTop or AOHR ) depending on my hair's dryness and my extra time. I use about a palmful of (Nature's Gate Aloe) Condish as a leave-in, then blot out the extra moisture and sometimes add some lotion or butter (Usually BB Styling Lotion) and put my hair into 4 braids. I let it dry mostly like that, then i take out one braid, pull out a small section, clip the rest of the hair from the braid back up, spray with a heat protectant (FX Special Effects Flat Iron Spray - which is CG). Then if hair is still damp I blow dry the section with a straightening brush (Conair Go Straight Straightening Brush) which is basically just like two soft bristle brushes clamped together like a flatiron. Then I use my MaxiGlide to straighten, using the steam button if the hair is difficult or especially frizzy in that spot. Then I continue section by section until my hair is all done, which usually takes about 2 hours and my hair comes out nice and smooth and lasts for days with minimal touch-ups. In fact it would probably last a week or so, if my roots didn't get greasy. Hope this helps, sorry about how long it is.
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Have you tried doing after you hair is dry? What I do is co-wash and condition my hair at night and put it in 2 or 3 plaits. When I wake up in the morning I just blow out with a round brush. My hair is 3b with some 3a/3c as a point of reference. This is the only way I can get it straight without spending 2 hours.
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I used to flat iron my 3b/c hair all the time. I couldn't use the cheaper flat irons at all (actually threw it away). When I finally splurged and got a $90 flat iron ( I think it's a KAI) what a difference. I would blow dry my hair until it was dry and crazy big. Then I would section it into 5 sections. I would do each section in about 4 or 5 smaller sections.

Since that flat iron was so good, I could get my whole head done in about 20 minutes (after it was dry). It would only take two swipes on the flat iron on each piece. Make sure you're doing small sections at a time on a pretty hot setting, that also makes a big difference.

I don't know if this helps at all..but maybe..
3B, with some 3C
I had that same exact problem too - until I got the Sedu. It's amaaaazingg (:

Right now, I just shampoo and condition my hair. Then I let it air dry. Whenever I blow dry it, it just gets poofier. After it's dry, I put it half up and I straighten the bottom layer. I have the Sedu set to 410 degrees and I get the bottom half of my hair done in 10 minutes. Seriously. You should try it (: And the whole thing takes about 45 minutes because I have super thick hair.

- And I used to have that Remington Wet2Straight flat iron. That was the one that took me 4+ hours to straighten, and it turned out gross and poofy O:

Lol, I hope I helped (:

Last edited by xjackiie; 04-23-2008 at 04:38 PM.
Flat-ironing my hair myself takes about 4 hours--NO LIE! And it doesnt even get really staight. Like is that normal?!?! I dont think so..I mean, I do everything you're supposed to before you flat-iron your hair too---wash-condish-dry-put on heat protetant..and it STILL takes forever and doesnt get straight. Its crazy, cuz recently my friend flat-ironed my hair it was sooo straight in half the time,n her flat iron wasnt expensive or anything... I got the flat iron not too long ago too...like 3 months ago. I noticed the very first time I used it it worked good, then after that---downhill.
I mean, yeah it was kinda cheap, but I know people with cheap flat irons and the same hair type as me that work better than mine for some reason. What do you think it wrong?
Originally Posted by [B0RN.READY]
Ya gott ainvest in a good iron (i recommend the Chi Turbo). Generally speaking, if its taking too long, or longer than it used to, yer iron needs to be replaced.

Also, when I used to iron my hiar, I used Loreal ProVive Smooth Intense poo and condish. Made my hair MUCH smoother, even when wet and MUCH easier to get straight!
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I don't like flat irons...1 it takes way too long to do my hair with a teeny tiny flat iron...and 2 I don't like mine that stick straight so if I straightened it I would use a good brand like Hot Tools of a super big barreled curling iron and make it a bit curly but mostly straight that way. I always would get compliments with it that way and it was always soft for a couple of days until it looked to greasy.
Good luck!
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