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Old 01-03-2012, 05:35 PM   #1
 
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Question Going Natural..How often can I straighten my hair?

My hair is a little past shoulder length.. Its about half curly, half straight.. I can't bear with the BC yet.

I also am completely lost with all of the braid outs & etc. It never turns out for me. I was thinking just buns, but I heard it's not good for a long period of time.

If I deep condition once a week, can I still straighten it & end up with heat damage?
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:24 AM   #2
 
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My hair is a little past shoulder length.. Its about half curly, half straight.. I can't bear with the BC yet.

I also am completely lost with all of the braid outs & etc. It never turns out for me. I was thinking just buns, but I heard it's not good for a long period of time.

If I deep condition once a week, can I still straighten it & end up with heat damage?
Yep, you can still end up with heat damage. I would personally keep my straightening to a minimum during the transition, the last thing you want is to finally BC and have heat damaged ends to start. I do know those who have successfully transitioned with heat, but I don't think they were doing it weekly. I would do it once a month or less if I were you.

Buns are fine so long as you keep track of your edges and where the ponytail holder is. As with anything, too much of a good thing is too much.

If you want to straighten, maybe try straightening one week and wearing it straight, then wearing it in a braid out or bantu knot-out the next (ie two weeks before washing), then wearing a bun for a week or two before straightening again. Good luck.
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:36 PM   #3
 
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I honestly don't think you should flat iron it, especially since so much of your hair is curly. I say you do the bunning and just put lots of oil on your ends, protect your edges and use a cloth ponytail and don't make it tight! If you must flat iron, you should only do it once a month on heat below 400 degrees, a good heat protectant and do a deep conditioning treatment before and a protein treatment after.. You should deep condition every week or every other week anyways.

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Old 01-04-2012, 08:22 PM   #4
 
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I agree with these ladies. I would stay away from the heat as much as possible. My mom transitioned for 2 years and she used heat alot. She ended up having so much heat damage that she ended up doing a second BC and now she has about 2 inches of natural hair. But using heat is kind of at your own risk. If done properly people haven't had damage, so its up to you if you want to take the chance. Hope this helps
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