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Old 07-05-2006, 10:04 AM   #1
 
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so out of boredom a few days ago, i decided to wash and rollerset my hair. never did get under the hairdryer though... just walked around the house all day with rollers in my hair (like a true mom, LOL ) so that night my hair was stretched out all big and fluffy. i wrapped it around in a big beehive and tied it down with a scarf. got up the next day and decided i'd try out my sister's flat iron. i had used Wild Growth Oil on my hair right after washing it, i figured i'd need a heat protectant for pressing. so i used my sister's Silk Elements (i think she got it from Sally's???), left a nice shine and my hair was looking somewhat sleek even though i didn't have the flat iron up too hot.

and then i walked outside.

my hair reverted back to the big fluffy rollerset. still cute but not exactly what i wanted.

so i was wondering what product suggestions y'all had to fight humidity? i've already washed my hair and my coils are still intact but i may try to press again sometime in the future and could use the help!
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that is a good question because i would like to know too.
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Ahem. Me too.

I flat ironed my hair (2 1/2 hour process from start to finish) and within minutes my hair was a poofball. I'm also trying to make sure my ends get straight...help? Anyone? I am hoping to flat iron in the winter to avoid the wet head syndrome but can't seem to get it right!

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Ahem. Me too.

I flat ironed my hair (2 1/2 hour process from start to finish) and within minutes my hair was a poofball. I'm also trying to make sure my ends get straight...help? Anyone? I am hoping to flat iron in the winter to avoid the wet head syndrome but can't seem to get it right!

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now i might be able to help with that part. you know as you're sliding the flat iron down your hair, and the ends of your hair finally slide into it? hold it taut and move twice as slow as before. then comb the ends and re-smooth with the flat iron.

or, you could use a curling iron on the ends. i find this works better for me because they have a tighter clamp than flat irons, plus i like a little bend at my ends (not stick-straight ends).

dang, nobody can help us on the humidity tip so far...
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Thanks, LadyLibra...I'm gonna try that...maybe this weekend. I'll let you know how it goes!

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there are proucts that fight humidity.. there's one from aveda (hang straight) its really good. i also use marc anthony straightening balm (simply straight) both of those are good. make sure your hair is conditioned REALLY well before you iron, and spritz a little hairspray too. one time, i used the paul mitchell stuff, and sprayed a little bit of hairspray on my hair (i had it straight, but then curled it the next day with a curling iron) i went on a field trip that day, and it was raining and my hair was fine! (i had my hood on of course)
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there are proucts that fight humidity.. there's one from aveda (hang straight) its really good. i also use marc anthony straightening balm (simply straight) both of those are good. make sure your hair is conditioned REALLY well before you iron, and spritz a little hairspray too. one time, i used the paul mitchell stuff, and sprayed a little bit of hairspray on my hair (i had it straight, but then curled it the next day with a curling iron) i went on a field trip that day, and it was raining and my hair was fine! (i had my hood on of course)
really??? i heard hairspray would make it frizz back up. i might have to try that next time.

thanks for the recs! it'll be awhile before i press again, but i'll be sure to come back and post when i do.
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there are proucts that fight humidity.. there's one from aveda (hang straight) its really good. i also use marc anthony straightening balm (simply straight) both of those are good. make sure your hair is conditioned REALLY well before you iron, and spritz a little hairspray too. one time, i used the paul mitchell stuff, and sprayed a little bit of hairspray on my hair (i had it straight, but then curled it the next day with a curling iron) i went on a field trip that day, and it was raining and my hair was fine! (i had my hood on of course)
Are you talking about Paul Mitchell's the Heat to use for flatironing???
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When I used to flatiron my hair, I would put in Frizz-Ease while it was still soaking wet and before towel drying. Then after blow drying I used a spray by Matrix... don't remember what it was called but it came in a clear orange bottle. It was a styling heat protectant formulated to shield hair from iron damage and hold the style. Then I'd finish with Neutrogena's Triple Moisture Shine Serum.
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when i used to flatiron my hair i used to condition really well for moisture. I would use some heat protectant blow dry lotion (motions) and blow dry my hair w/ comb attachment. This would get it semi-straight. Then I would use straightening balm/wax stuff (forgot the brand name) and I would put a little extra on the ends to keep them moisturized. Viola nice, straight hair. (caution the combination could get a little greasy if you use too much) I used a chi ceramic flat iron. Its the best flat iron I have used but it does get rather hot so be careful. Other flat irons do get my hair straight but they dont stay straight as long. I can go outside in the florida summer humidity and it will stay really straight for about 2 weeks if I take my time and straighten it good. I can even go outside in the rain (with a hood) and it wont revert that much..its straight enough to leave down but has some volume. By the way I have 4a/4b hair so this might be too much if you have a looser curl but this works very well for me. hth. :-)
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Hmmm. I may invest in anew hair dryer with a comb attachment.

That seems to be key for getting ends straight.

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Brownsugar,

Where do you find a good ceramic flat iron? I am interested in straightening my hair occasionally. I currently have a "salon style" curling iron that my hairdresser got me at her cost - it's excellent but I feel it pulls my hair too much. I was thinking flat irons are more gentle on the hair.

I will definitely use the tips to leave a conditioner on the hair then use a "heat protector" before straightening. I usually only straighten "day old" hair. I don't like to go from wet to dry only because the process takes so long. Straight hair doesn't last long on me - only when my hairdresser does it. I must not be using the right products.

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Brownsugar,

Where do you find a good ceramic flat iron? I am interested in straightening my hair occasionally. I currently have a "salon style" curling iron that my hairdresser got me at her cost - it's excellent but I feel it pulls my hair too much. I was thinking flat irons are more gentle on the hair.

I will definitely use the tips to leave a conditioner on the hair then use a "heat protector" before straightening. I usually only straighten "day old" hair. I don't like to go from wet to dry only because the process takes so long. Straight hair doesn't last long on me - only when my hairdresser does it. I must not be using the right products.

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The chi is the first ceramic iron I have used. (I've also heard some good things about maxiglide but i've never tried it.) The chi's are a bit pricey. I think they really started to jack the prices up because I went to jcpenny's and saw the chi and it was like $125. When I bought mine it was $90 which is still kinda expensive. You dont have to get an expensive iron. My mom uses a ceramic flat iron from sally's that costs about $30 or $40 and it works fine for her. I think the key to getting my hair straight is blowdrying it with a heat protectant and getting it semi-straight. Yesterday I tried to flatiron a piece of my hair w/o blowdrying it and it came out wavy.

What kind of curling iron did your stylist give you? When I was younger, I used the older electric straightening combs. They would get the job done but within like 2 or 3 days, it would revert. My hair wouldn't stay straight until I started using the ceramic irons. hth.
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I have a 1 1/2 inch roller "Hot Tools" curling iron. It cost me about $40 even at my stylist's cost. It's awesome though. It gives me nice barrel curls. I did that for my wedding day so my hair was long and had nice barrels. Didn't last long, though. I'm going to look into the ceramic flat irons. I hear so much about them. I love my hair curly, but I like the straight look every once in a while.
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there are proucts that fight humidity.. there's one from aveda (hang straight) its really good. i also use marc anthony straightening balm (simply straight) both of those are good. make sure your hair is conditioned REALLY well before you iron, and spritz a little hairspray too. one time, i used the paul mitchell stuff, and sprayed a little bit of hairspray on my hair (i had it straight, but then curled it the next day with a curling iron) i went on a field trip that day, and it was raining and my hair was fine! (i had my hood on of course)
really??? i heard hairspray would make it frizz back up. i might have to try that next time.

thanks for the recs! it'll be awhile before i press again, but i'll be sure to come back and post when i do.

i sprayed the hairspray after i did it, and hairblogger i didn't use paul mitchell stuff, i meant to say marc anthony, but i edited after you quoted it.
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there are proucts that fight humidity.. there's one from aveda (hang straight) its really good. i also use marc anthony straightening balm (simply straight) both of those are good. make sure your hair is conditioned REALLY well before you iron, and spritz a little hairspray too. one time, i used the paul mitchell stuff, and sprayed a little bit of hairspray on my hair (i had it straight, but then curled it the next day with a curling iron) i went on a field trip that day, and it was raining and my hair was fine! (i had my hood on of course)
really??? i heard hairspray would make it frizz back up. i might have to try that next time.

thanks for the recs! it'll be awhile before i press again, but i'll be sure to come back and post when i do.

i sprayed the hairspray after i did it, and hairblogger i didn't use paul mitchell stuff, i meant to say marc anthony, but i edited after you quoted it.
I have a CHI flat iron, but not sure what setting I should use. I Believe it goes up to about 400F. What heat settings are you ladies using?
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