I know its not good to straighten...but

I know that it is not good to straighten your hair. But I need to straighten for an important event next or I need to find some style options. Could you ladies please give me some advice on how to straighten (without damaging) ---or alternative curly styles?
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4a/3c combo with 4b in the front

Hair Goal: Shoulder Length and Curly before April 2010!

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How are you with two-strand twists? When I was transitioning, my cousin gave me an updo for a wedding in which I was a bridesmaid. She two-strand twisted my hair, rollerset it, and then pinned it up in the bank. It sounds complicated, so if you PM me your email address, I'll send you a pic.
You should try roller setting your hair or curlformer setting your hair and then going over the curls w/ a flat-iron. With curlformers you can air dry and still get semi-straight roots, which allows you to use your flat-iron on a much lower setting. Its a lot less damaging then going through your hair w/ a blow dryer and then a flat-iron. Or if your looking for more bounce to the curl then after you take the rollers down apply a moisturizer, wrap your hair (doobie style), wrap in saran wrap, and then sit under a dryer for about 15-20 minutes. Heres a video showing how its done:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDOPWlDylV4
Last Relaxer: Nov. 07
BC: May. 2010 (30 months)
Hair Type: thick 4b/4a
Current length: back at APL
Goal length: hip
Staples: natural growth aides

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