I just wanted to warn everyone (I'm sure you've heard it a million times, but I figured I'd try anyway) to not straighten your hair (or at least only for special occasions.)
I straightened mine like 3 times a week for the last 8 months, and even with using every deep conditioner and heat protectant under the sun, I woke up one morning and realized I had lost 3 inches of hair. I am so upset. Now I'm stuck wearing it curly every day... and it's shorter than I've ever had my hair (just passed shoulder length.) I miss my mid-back length princess curls!
Now I take hair vitamins and clip my hair while it's wet to stretch it to try to make it longer. I'm so angry I took my beautiful curls for granted. I look at old pictures and just wonder what I was smoking to do that to my hair for so long! don't let society's love of straight hair ruin your natural blessing. PLEASE!
I'll have to wait at least 3 more months until this damage is reversed and I'm sooo self conscious. Save yourself the trouble!!!! I have now switched from the Straightening thread to the growing out thread. Sadness.
Now I take hair vitamins and clip my hair while it's wet to stretch it to try to make it longer.
I'm not sure that trying to "stretch" your hair is such a good idea, it will probably end up breaking.
Also for all the curlies out there, if you MUST straighten try it with a blow dryer and a round brush. It does less damage, looks better and lasts longer in my opinion.