Transitioning and the flat iron

How often can a flat iron be used on my hair to prevent any damage to the new growth?

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New growth is particularly delicate so I would just avoid flat ironing in general or do it about once a month

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agreed.. I would lock your flat iron away completely.. you could do irreparable heat damage to your curls then get set back to square one if not done correctly..

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When I initially started transitioning, I had no idea how to style my hair w/o heat so I flat ironed every week or two. I pretty much decimated the natural coil/curl of my new growth. I won't say that you CANNOT flat iron your hair, but I would encourage you to explore other styling options and keep the heat to a minimum.





It really depends on your hair and how it responds to heat. For example, earlier in my transition, I used to get my hair done at the Dominican salon every other week. I went on like that for 3-4 months. I don't do it now only because of the humidity in Philadelphia but it has not effected my curl pattern and even my relaxed ends still have some curl/wave to them. You just have to know yourself and your hair. If you are going to use a flat iron, I would definitely suggest using a heat Protestant as well. IC makes a good one.
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I had to transition from heat damaged/trained hair from when I used to get my hair flat ironed at the salon. It was basically like having a relaxer because my hair was completely straight when I wet it.

I transitioned by flat ironing about once every one or 2 weeks. I used a mid/low heat setting and used a lot of heat protectant in my hair. I didn't have any damage or change in curl pattern in the new hair that grew in. I also took breaks (2 to 4 weeks) from flat ironing sometimes to give my hair a break, I wore headbands with my hair in a loose up do, it wasn't very cute but I suffered for the sake of a successful transition.

I still flat iron my hair once in a while and have no problems. I always make sure that I use the lowest possible heat that my hair can be straightened with. Doing a hot oil treatment before washing and adding a little straitening serum or gloss before blowing dry helps get the hair a little straighter on low heat in my case.

And you have to be really careful. All it takes is one time and you can permanently ruin your curl pattern and have to start all over again growing it out. That's why I'll never get my hair professionally ironed again I don't trust them.

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It really depends on your hair and how it responds to heat. For example, earlier in my transition, I used to get my hair done at the Dominican salon every other week. I went on like that for 3-4 months. I don't do it now only because of the humidity in Philadelphia but it has not effected my curl pattern and even my relaxed ends still have some curl/wave to them. You just have to know yourself and your hair. If you are going to use a flat iron, I would definitely suggest using a heat Protestant as well. IC makes a good one.
Originally Posted by IAmJordanNicole
I agree 100%.

I think Dominicans salons are different than flatironing at home too. The Dom salon process uses NO direct heat whatsoever. Flatirons are the definition of direct heat.
It really depends on your hair and how it responds to heat. For example, earlier in my transition, I used to get my hair done at the Dominican salon every other week. I went on like that for 3-4 months. I don't do it now only because of the humidity in Philadelphia but it has not effected my curl pattern and even my relaxed ends still have some curl/wave to them. You just have to know yourself and your hair. If you are going to use a flat iron, I would definitely suggest using a heat Protestant as well. IC makes a good one.
Originally Posted by IAmJordanNicole
I agree 100%.

I think Dominicans salons are different than flatironing at home too. The Dom salon process uses NO direct heat whatsoever. Flatirons are the definition of direct heat.
Originally Posted by Yansa
The Dominican salon that I go to does use a flat iron so there is direct heat...
It really depends on your hair and how it responds to heat. For example, earlier in my transition, I used to get my hair done at the Dominican salon every other week. I went on like that for 3-4 months. I don't do it now only because of the humidity in Philadelphia but it has not effected my curl pattern and even my relaxed ends still have some curl/wave to them. You just have to know yourself and your hair. If you are going to use a flat iron, I would definitely suggest using a heat Protestant as well. IC makes a good one.
Originally Posted by IAmJordanNicole
I agree 100%.

I think Dominicans salons are different than flatironing at home too. The Dom salon process uses NO direct heat whatsoever. Flatirons are the definition of direct heat.
Originally Posted by Yansa
The Dominican salon that I go to does use a flat iron so there is direct heat...
Originally Posted by IAmJordanNicole
Well then I should clarify - a Dominican salon can be a better option provided they don't also use a flat iron. The traditional technique usually doesn't involve a flat iron - they usually set and then smooth any texture the rollers don't take out with a blowdryer and a round brush. Thats why I made the distinction.


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I agree 100%.

I think Dominicans salons are different than flatironing at home too. The Dom salon process uses NO direct heat whatsoever. Flatirons are the definition of direct heat.[/QUOTE]

FYI: even when the Dominicans are using a blowdryer with high heat setting and putting it directly to the hair that's a form of direct heat and dom blowouts are just as bad as flat ironing if done very often. I know plenty females that have had dom blowouts and have complained the the blowdryer was very hot during the process. Also you can easily do a dom blowout at your house. It only takes some rollers a good round bush and blowdryer with a concentrator. I did my own once about 2 yrs ago and it looked amazing sooo&hellip;

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Personally i just flat iron my hair once a month, and that's kind of my second lenght check. I length check my natural hair and I length check of my overall length because my hair is kind of hard to determine when it is washed and air dried because of the middle of my hair is very funny. And once I wash my hair my curls pop back in place.
Personally i just flat iron my hair once a month, and that's kind of my second lenght check. I length check my natural hair and I length check of my overall length because my hair is kind of hard to determine when it is washed and air dried because of the middle of my hair is very funny. And once I wash my hair my curls pop back in place.
Originally Posted by Curlygirlmarie
I may flatiron my hair evry 3-4 mnths, I too straighten my hair for length checking as well, I also length check on my curly hair! The middle of my hair is alot kinkier than the rest of my hair so I have to baby it a little differently than the rest of my hair.



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I recently flat ironed my transitioning hair without putting heat on it for the whole summer until this week. I personally think if you chose to wear your transitioning hair straight, keep your straight styled hair maintained for 10 days to two weeks. Use light hair products and serums to keep your hair hydrated. I would say touch up your hair once with a flat iron during these two weeks depending on how strong your hair is. A heat protectant spray is a must! When you choose to wash your hair again do a protein and moisture deep conditioning treatments to replace any moisture/protein that was being depleted from your hair. Wrap your hair up nightly to preserve the style. After the two weeks of maintaining the straight look is up give your hair a break from heat for two weeks by doing buns/braid-outs/twist-outs or any other protective style. This is how I personally avoid heat damage while transitioning. Non-heat styles for a polished look to try are wet sets with rollers/rods and pin curling your hair afterwards is a different/Unique look to try also. Sorry for the long post but I hope this helps
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Thanks Ladies. I haven't had a flat iron touch my hair since I started my transition. But a friend of mine mentioned she flat ironed her hair week during her transition.

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