Straightening again - ADVICE Please!

OK I tried. I really, really, really tried to go all curly all the time. But I give up. I had a mini-chop, I've kept my now-healthy hair away from any processing (except color) or heat styling,I've been following CG, and I've been determined to love my hair.

And I hate it. It never looks good--OK occasionally it does, it even looks great, but I can't count on it to do so. I look better with straight hair, period.

So. What should I do to reduce the inevitable damage? And what should I use to make sure I really get it straight? Because I don't want to wreck my hair only for semi-straight!! LOL...

I currently plan to use a lye-based relaxer, can't afford thermal reconditioning or BTK right now.

Any advice welcome!
Modified CG. You'll pry my 'cones from my cold dead fingers! Mixed waves, coarse, below shoulder length, dark brown. I hate my hair but I'm trying to learn to accept it.

Gels: LA Looks Wet Look Styling Gel, Garnier Fructis Wet Shine Gel. Condish: Alberto V05 Free Me Fresia, Tresemme' Flawless Curls, LVPNG, Neutrogena Triple Moisture. Shampoo: Tresemme' Flawless Curls. Silicone Serum: Whatever is on sale, but I don't leave home without it.
well, i dont have any advice, just wanted to say that i completely understand your problem. i am trying really really hard to not get my hair straightened again. i have had 6 inches already cut since my last relaxer(6 months ago), have tried the co method,and i on most days, cant do a thing with my hair.it is a bit longer than chin length, and the back is starting to curl nicely, but the sides and top are horrible. i cant flat iron any more because of the humidity, and i wont relax it because of the frizz that is leaves.(i understand the "semistraight". the relaxers took away all the curl, but left every ounce of frizz.i had to flat iron every day. i think thermal(japanese) is the only thing to totally straighten, from what ive been told. good luck. (im close to shaving my head lol)sam
Head shaving sounds like a great option! I still haven't fully decided yet, I still go back and forth...If it weren't so hot I would just go to wearing my wigs for a while until I figure out something else!!

Like you, it's worthless for me to flat-iron in this humidity...but I'm tired of wearing my hair up EVERY single day (I wouldn't mind if it looked good that way but it doesn't, I look like a deranged schoolmarm).

I still may not do it the straightening. I really don't WANT to and I'm sure my hair doesn't want me to. I just feel desperate!

I'm going to try wearing one of my wigs to work tomorrow and if I don't collapse from the heat I may just stick to that as a solution until I get over whatever is creating my hair angst.
Modified CG. You'll pry my 'cones from my cold dead fingers! Mixed waves, coarse, below shoulder length, dark brown. I hate my hair but I'm trying to learn to accept it.

Gels: LA Looks Wet Look Styling Gel, Garnier Fructis Wet Shine Gel. Condish: Alberto V05 Free Me Fresia, Tresemme' Flawless Curls, LVPNG, Neutrogena Triple Moisture. Shampoo: Tresemme' Flawless Curls. Silicone Serum: Whatever is on sale, but I don't leave home without it.
HI AGAIN! i went to sallys yesterday and bought a "bun". you know, the fake hair pieces to give you a pony or bun.it actually looked okay, but like you ,i feel wearing it up every day will get quite boring.i have been cutting alot off my hair in desperation trying to cut the relaxer out ,so i dont have enough hair on my own for a bun.(it is a little longer than chin length)
im getting a bit worried because the hair that isnt relaxed(3 inches, its been 6 months)isnt as curly as it should be.
ps.. i flat ironed the other day using smoothdown heat glide. it stayed pretty straight, even in the humidity.no frizz. sam
I was surprised also, to find that my hair stayed straight for two-three days, no frizzing, after flat-ironing and using my silicone polish. I have to decide what I'm doing though because it DESPERATELY needs to be colored and if I am going to relax it needs to happen pre-coloring. I am guessing I will just color tonight and hold off on the relaxing.

Don't worry about the non-relaxed hair not being curly yet. As it grows out and the rest of your hair gets healthy you will see that curl come back.
Modified CG. You'll pry my 'cones from my cold dead fingers! Mixed waves, coarse, below shoulder length, dark brown. I hate my hair but I'm trying to learn to accept it.

Gels: LA Looks Wet Look Styling Gel, Garnier Fructis Wet Shine Gel. Condish: Alberto V05 Free Me Fresia, Tresemme' Flawless Curls, LVPNG, Neutrogena Triple Moisture. Shampoo: Tresemme' Flawless Curls. Silicone Serum: Whatever is on sale, but I don't leave home without it.

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