How to straighten 3C curls

two things work well for me. the first...

I braid my hair in four sections, with no product in it, and wait for it to air dry. Then, I spray my hair with a heat protectant and proceed to flat iron it. Silky smooth.

What works better, however...

I wash my hair and use Shea Moisture Leave In. Then I blow dry my hair until it is mostly straight, even if its not sleek. Then I go over it with my flat iron. My hair comes out super shiny and feels great.
Originally Posted by dmiller311
and the leave in doesnt leave your hair too heavy once flat ironed?
medium coarse
last relaxer 07/2006
some heat damage

still looking for good affordable products. Any tips are welcomed
empressri has a great two-part flat iron tutorial on youtube (under the name richeau). As per her recommendation, I purchased a Sedu iron about a month ago.

Basically I washed my hair with a gentle sulfate shampoo (Neutrogena Triple Moisture Cream Lather) and deep conditioned with Hairveda Sitrinillah. I then sectioned off my hair and applied the Sally version of Redken Anti-Snap and Redken Heat Glide. I combed it through and twisted each section (I don't know how to braid ) until my whole head was done. After air-drying, I applied Beyond the Zone Turn Up the Heat spray and Chi Silk Infusion to each section and got to ironing.

Let me just say that it was my first time ironing my own hair EVER. I had to have my mom help me at one point because my hair is past BSL when straight and I was getting all tangled in myself. Mind you, she has naturally straight hair and had never held a flat iron before in her life. Even with those odds against us, my hair turned out great!

3b/c fine corkscrews and spirals. Naked hair above.

Wash: Elucence Moisture Balancing Shampoo
Condish: Shescentit Avocado/Honey Rinse
Moisture DT: Silk Dreams Vanilla Silk, Crece Pelo
Protein DT: Shescentit Okra Hair Repair Reconstructor
Leave-Ins: Shescentit Coco Creme, Darcy's Botanicals Sweet Cocoa Bean, Aubrey Organics Primrose Spray
Stylers: Aubrey Organics B-5, Shea Moisture Curly Souffle

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