Best straightening balm (that works well with heat)?

I know that some people have better luck than others getting their very naturally curly hair straight, without using any type of chemical relaxer. For those folks, what is your routine? What's the key straightening balm that you use? I want to try to avoid TR in the future if I can since it's expensive and usually makes my hair roots break. And forget the Brazilian Keratin treatment...that's out of the question for me.

Just a simple straightening balm I can buy at a drug store that works well with the flat iron is what I'm after......

Last edited by Paula; 01-19-2008 at 06:13 PM. Reason: Poor grammar
I'm naturally 3b/c and thermally reconditioned right now. I have had absolutely no problem at all with hair falling out because of TR but if you have, I can see why you would never do it again!

You may want to try Lanza's straightening balm; it is neon orange colored in an oval shaped spherical container with a black square bottom. In hair salons or beauty supply stores, it is hard to miss. If you don't see it or it is discontinued (I'm not sure), just ask for recommendations. A lot of wavy and curly haired women straighten; because of this, salon and beauty product store owners are very eager to push these products (much more so than CG or curl friendly stuff).

Good luck!
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I'm naturally 3b/c and thermally reconditioned right now. I have had absolutely no problem at all with hair falling out because of TR but if you have, I can see why you would never do it again!

You may want to try Lanza's straightening balm; it is neon orange colored in an oval shaped spherical container with a black square bottom. In hair salons or beauty supply stores, it is hard to miss. If you don't see it or it is discontinued (I'm not sure), just ask for recommendations. A lot of wavy and curly haired women straighten; because of this, salon and beauty product store owners are very eager to push these products (much more so than CG or curl friendly stuff).

Good luck!
Originally Posted by curls on holiday
Wow! You must have some pretty strong hair if you got absolutely no breakage or fallout from TR. Is your hair fine or coarse? Do have a special procedure you do prior to TR to keep it strong?

It just blows me away that my hair got some breakage at the roots TWICE from TR and mine isn't that curly, but then again, I sense I have a very sensitive scalp and the stylists who did my hair did not do a good enough job in keeping the product away from my scalp. Hmmm....I wonder if a sensitive scalp can make all the difference in the world?

Luckily for me, you can't really tell by looking at my hair in a glance that I've had some breakage at the roots, and hopefully it won't look any worse as it grows out. Still, I wonder if the problem I had has to do with the stylists who did my hair and not so much my hair type? I had virgin hair for goodness sake before the last TR procedure!
Wow! You must have some pretty strong hair if you got absolutely no breakage or fallout from TR. Is your hair fine or coarse? Do have a special procedure you do prior to TR to keep it strong?

It just blows me away that my hair got some breakage at the roots TWICE from TR and mine isn't that curly, but then again, I sense I have a very sensitive scalp and the stylists who did my hair did not do a good enough job in keeping the product away from my scalp. Hmmm....I wonder if a sensitive scalp can make all the difference in the world?

Luckily for me, you can't really tell by looking at my hair in a glance that I've had some breakage at the roots, and hopefully it won't look any worse as it grows out. Still, I wonder if the problem I had has to do with the stylists who did my hair and not so much my hair type? I had virgin hair for goodness sake before the last TR procedure!
Originally Posted by Paula
Thanks. I think my hair is strong. It's coarse and pretty curly (sounds curlier than yours). I think your stylist may not have been experienced or good enough. Either that or maybe you have fine hair which combined with the sensitive scalp caused problems? There was absolutely nothing special I had to do before getting it done, other than use a harsh shampoo to remove the coating on my hair from the Bigen hair coloring I had been using for about a year to cover grays. That was it.

That's great that people can't really see or tell the damage! Just means that it isn't the right procedure for you is all..
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I had TR performed a few years ago and it isn't that my hair is weak or that I have a sensitive scalp because this was my second time around, but the fact that an underqualified stylist had no idea that applying the product to the scalp causes a horrible reaction on ANYONE'S hair. The heat from my scalp caused the solution to over-process leaving a 90 degree bend in my hair as it grew out. The bend weakened (of course) from brushing and just daily exposure to everything (i.e. sleeping, washing, drying, wind) and it began breaking off at that bend within weeks. I think that if you have relatively strong and healthy hair, especially virgin hair, that this procedure would work well as long as you go to a competent and very experienced stylist. I made the mistake of going to the first one that popped up in my area after she'd only been doing it about a year. Sorry for the rant...I still don't think I'm over it.

Something that works well for me, as long as you aren't avoiding cones or at least not when you straighten, is Frederick Fekkai Glossing Cream. I used to notice that after I dried and straightened my hair it looked a little crispy near the ends, but if I apply the Glossing Cream on damp hair and a small amount after I straighten, it's incredibly smooth and shiny. You can find it online as well as Bath and Body Works now. Also, you may want to spray on a heat protectant like TRESemme Heat Tamer before you blow dry and iron. HTH
I agree that stylists should have a clue that they should not apply the product too close to ANYONE'S scalp. But, still, TR might not be the right thing for my hair...either that or certain sections of my hair are probably much, much finer than other sections and I need to point it out to the stylist...that is IF I ever get it done again. Certain parts of my hair (well, most of it) can take it pretty well if it's not left on too long.

In the mean time I'm going to try the Lanza's straightening balm as my hair grows out...but that's all, so thanks for the recommendation curls on holiday.

Funny, I was told that the stylist who did my hair is pretty experienced in using TR...on all types of hair. I think she's used it on all degrees of curl from wavy to very very curly....type 4 and all BUT I don't think that most of her clients have fine hair. I think the owner of her shop made the mistake of telling her I have coarse hair (as I recall her determining in the past) and I wish I had remembered the day I got the TR done in that shop to remind them that my hair is fine and you can't leave chemicals on it too long. I mean, if they're so experienced, shouldn't they be smart enough to look at how coarse or fine someone's hair is before they proceed with chemicals AND shouldn't they know not to apply the product to close to anyone's scalp? I wonder how it can be that they've been doing a good job on most of their other clients?

I hate to have to rely on someone else to put the chemicals in my hair since they really aren't experienced with it. If I ever get a chemical treatment done again, I would like to be able to take it into my own hands, but it's not like the average person can just buy TR products.....

Last edited by Paula; 01-21-2008 at 01:59 PM.
I've been using L'Oreal's Nature's Therapy Heat Control. It comes in a bright pink tube from Sally's. I think it was around $5 or $6. It protects your hair from heat, and it really smooths my hair. I don't use a flat iron, I can get my hair totally straight with a round brush. I was using Phytodefrisant because there were no silicones in it, but it's almost $30 for a tube, and my hair is looking better with the Nature's Therapy cream. I keep touching my hair because it feels so soft. And it doesn't weigh my hair down, which is often an issue with straightening products.

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