Flatironing while transitioning

Hi everyone. My hair dresser told me i should continue to flat iron while transitioning so that i wont have to woory about breakage from the two different textures. Shes a professional so i'm sure shes telling me right but can anyone share there knowledge or experiences with flat ironing while transitiong?

-thanks
Im not sure about flat ironing protecting you hair from breakage because using alot of heat can damage your hair which becomes a contributing factor in breakage. I have heard of some people who transition though flat ironing their hair but i wouldnt recommend it because of the damage that it can cause especially to your new growth. You must be very careful if your going to use this method, use a good heat protectant, make sure you deep condition often and dont use your iron on a high setting. I have been transitioning for almost a year and i have only flat ironed my hair max. 5 times so far and i think it is even less than that. The benefit you get from not flat ironing weekly is the fact that you will get to know your texture more better and in time become comfortable and embrace it. What ever method you decide to do i wish you luck.
yea thats what ive heard as well but I don't know what other style to use while transitioning other than flat ironing. I'm worried that I wont like any new styles
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I also agree with nada101 putting a lot heat on your hair can damage it. You should try some twist or braids. There are some great tutorials on Youtube.
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I know it can be damaging but, I flat iron may hair most of the time. I only do it once a week so if my roots revert a little oh well. My hair is bra strap length and braid out and twist outs just don't look good with all the length, straw sets take forever to do, and my hair breaks when it's in braids. If flatironing is a must, ensure you use as low a heat setting as possible and use a heat protectant.
ITA with Nada and Tnatural...flat ironing your hair on frequent basis may not be a great idea to do. When I first started transitioning I did flat iron my hair but now that I'm almost 7 months into this my flat ironing has become more and more infrequent. I recently tried to flat iron my hair for the holidays and my hair just didn't like the heat--so I'm going to avoid heat all together (at least until I BC). Anywho, I recommend you find other styling options. Check out YouTube. There are a lot of girls on there that show you their journey's from relaxed to natural.
I am transitioning as well. I use my flat iron alot, even though I know it's not great for my hair. I use a good heat protector, and try not to use it on the regrowth as much. Some days I wear it in a bun, so I don't have to do anything to it. I'm hoping as it gets longer I won't have to flat iron as much. Maybe just let it air dry with gel.
yea i am worried about the heat damage. I think i will use the flat iron for two months or so and then wen my hair is grown out more ill stop. I guess i need to find some new styles
I've been transitioning since May, using a combination of flatiron styles, flat twistouts, buns and roller sets. Lately, my main styles have been flatiron or buns.

I've experienced line of demarcation breakage in the front, but I believe that was from my stylist twisting my hair too tight.

When I straighten my hair (and I do it myself most of the time), I use silicone based products from beginning to end. DHD Moisturze Shampoo and Conditioner, Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Relaxing Balm on each section before blow drying and then a silicone spray by Umoja Visions before flatironing.

If you are really good at doing your own hair or you trust your stylist, I don't see anything wrong with using a flat iron.
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thanx for all the advice guys. Ill bring it up to my hairdresser and see what she says
I'm in my 13th month transitioning with my stylist who flat ironed my hair for most of the time. When I got to the 6-7th month I started doing twist outs or roller sets with Knot Today and KCCC because I liked my natural texture better. I didn't have much breakage at all but was seeing my stylist 2X/month and she would deep condition and trim the ends as we went along. I would recommend you only have a professional do it and as you pass 6-7 months, it is probably best to start working with your natural texture and less flatironing. Now I really don't like flatiron my hair--I prefer the natural curl and am waiting a few more months before I have the relaxed ends cut off. GOOD LUCK!!
Talymo,

I was hoping to do that but i can't really afford to go in twice a month so right now i'm going in once a month. i've heard so many negative comments about using the flat iron that i thing im gonna give it up when i start having alot of new growth
I've flat ironed while transitioning. At first, I was nervous because of all the horror stories but I just used a low setting on my flat-iron. I also used a heat protectant on each section and I took my time. That style lasted a long time and by the time I washed my hair my curls popped out more than ever.

P.S. I roller set on medium heat for 30 minutes and then flat ironed my roots with low setting.

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Hi,

My dermatologist actually recommended that I visit a Domincan hair stylist to have my hair roller set and blown straight (ie at the roots) to reduce the amount of breakage.

I have been transitioning for 6 months and have expereiced a lot of breakage since month 5.

I'm nervous about this but I may try the stylist next week for Valentines day
Hi,

My dermatologist actually recommended that I visit a Domincan hair stylist to have my hair roller set and blown straight (ie at the roots) to reduce the amount of breakage.
Originally Posted by Couvagirl
Eeep!
Just thinking about a dominican blow-out gives me chills. There, it's really just burning the hair straight. I've only had them roller set my curly hair once about a week before my BC. That was so well done, they didn't even need to blow-dry it, and I didn't let them. Forget the flat-iron, I dread a hair dryer on high up close and personal with my roots!
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Hi,

My dermatologist actually recommended that I visit a Domincan hair stylist to have my hair roller set and blown straight (ie at the roots) to reduce the amount of breakage.
Originally Posted by Couvagirl
Eeep!
Just thinking about a dominican blow-out gives me chills. There, it's really just burning the hair straight. I've only had them roller set my curly hair once about a week before my BC. That was so well done, they didn't even need to blow-dry it, and I didn't let them. Forget the flat-iron, I dread a hair dryer on high up close and personal with my roots!
Originally Posted by mixeded
Well i am dominican and i will only get my hair straightened by the dominicans cause they do know how to get your hair straight and flowy instead of straight and stiff. they're always mixign some kinda products in my hair- dont know if they're silicon free or what. but they also offer tons of hair stuff like their deep treatments which are soooo goood!!! and since the blower is on high, they dont need to go over it 20 times to get it smoothed out, which at first you think AHHH high on my roots, but they dont get fried because again, they are only going over it like, twice to just get it dried and straight. my hair was healthiest when i was going to the dominican salon... but then i got a flat iron and thought that was better than domincans and their 45 dollar fee!!! (my hair is not the easiest hair to deal with and it is verrrrry tricky!). but now its damaged cause when i flat ironed, i would go over sections tons of time to get it straight and not curly. give em a shot!
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Hi,

My dermatologist actually recommended that I visit a Domincan hair stylist to have my hair roller set and blown straight (ie at the roots) to reduce the amount of breakage.
Originally Posted by Couvagirl
Eeep!
Just thinking about a dominican blow-out gives me chills. There, it's really just burning the hair straight. I've only had them roller set my curly hair once about a week before my BC. That was so well done, they didn't even need to blow-dry it, and I didn't let them. Forget the flat-iron, I dread a hair dryer on high up close and personal with my roots!
Originally Posted by mixeded

I know what you mean!!! My mouth dropped to the floor when she made that recommendations. I think I may just have the stylist roller set my hair and to blow it straight.

I'm getting nervous...I don't want more shedding
Hi,

My dermatologist actually recommended that I visit a Domincan hair stylist to have my hair roller set and blown straight (ie at the roots) to reduce the amount of breakage.
Originally Posted by Couvagirl
Eeep!
Just thinking about a dominican blow-out gives me chills. There, it's really just burning the hair straight. I've only had them roller set my curly hair once about a week before my BC. That was so well done, they didn't even need to blow-dry it, and I didn't let them. Forget the flat-iron, I dread a hair dryer on high up close and personal with my roots!
Originally Posted by mixeded
Well i am dominican and i will only get my hair straightened by the dominicans cause they do know how to get your hair straight and flowy instead of straight and stiff. they're always mixign some kinda products in my hair- dont know if they're silicon free or what. but they also offer tons of hair stuff like their deep treatments which are soooo goood!!! and since the blower is on high, they dont need to go over it 20 times to get it smoothed out, which at first you think AHHH high on my roots, but they dont get fried because again, they are only going over it like, twice to just get it dried and straight. my hair was healthiest when i was going to the dominican salon... but then i got a flat iron and thought that was better than domincans and their 45 dollar fee!!! (my hair is not the easiest hair to deal with and it is verrrrry tricky!). but now its damaged cause when i flat ironed, i would go over sections tons of time to get it straight and not curly. give em a shot!
Originally Posted by burgundy_locks


Your hair looks great B_L!

I'm a 3c/4a so I think that the stylist may feel the need to use extra heat on me. In addition I still have relaxed ends (almost 6 months into my transition) so my hair is week.

I think as my hair grows out I may feel less nervous about heat.

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