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taltal 09-13-2010 03:12 AM

How long does it take you to straighten your hair ?
How long does it take you to straighten your curls ?
For reference, what kind of curls do you have and what length ? Do you blowdry before using the straightener and which straightener/products do you use ?


Danceruk 09-13-2010 06:17 AM

1.5 hours - 2 hours tops

I blow dry first, takes maybe 30 minutes, then straightening 1 hr 30 mins, doing the smallest sections possible

4a type hair, about 1 inch past SL

I rarely use heat though, maybe 3 times a year

Cheetara 09-14-2010 12:29 PM

About 15 minutes, not including blow drying first (that takes 5-10 minutes). I have shoulder length wavy hair that is pretty easy to straighten.

I use this flat iron with Beyond the Zone Straight Shot serum which is FULL of 'cones.

KurlyKAZ 09-15-2010 02:11 PM

I have short, ear-length hair that takes about 15 min to blow dry (in sections with a round brush) and 20-30 min to flat iron (also in sections). My hair is fine, but there's a lot of it!

christinagrc 09-17-2010 01:36 AM

not include blow dry. i have 3a, medium lengh hair~

MaroMaro 09-26-2010 07:41 AM

For me what take the longest is to roller set and wait till is dry ... (like 1 1/2) .. then straithening like 30 minutes.... My hair is really thick.

hellomiranda 10-24-2010 11:38 AM

takes me 30-45 min
i have 3a-3b hair
i use herstyler colorful seasons straightener (wouldn't recommend it, too expensive and still makes it a lil frizzy.. looking for a budget iron that works good if anyone has any recomendations! :D)
i also use got2b Crazy Sleek Hot Smooth lotion protectant OR tresseme heat tamer
i dont blowdry my hair, i take a shower at night to let it air dry
but if i have to blowdry it takes an hour to do.. and turns out frizzy. :/

Sammy22 10-25-2010 02:17 PM

I blowdry the night before-20 minutes, flat iron in am, 30 minutes

dorie92 11-06-2010 06:11 PM

It takes me 2 hours. One hour to blow dry and another to flat iron. I have 4a mid back length hair.

Saroyan 11-06-2010 09:32 PM

My hair is 2a/b wavy, thick, and BSL, and it probably takes me 20 or 30 minutes. I can blow it out straight without much trouble (and only flat iron the front if necessary, which is another five minutes), but it doesn't stay straight if there's any humidity in the air, if it gets rained on even very slightly, if I sweat at all, and so on. It also gets weird bends and flat areas overnight, so I can't straighten at night or have multi-day straight hair.

In practice this means I have to do a full blow-out every morning and still have no guarantee it won't frizz up in five minutes, so finding this site and learning how to wear my hair natural/wavy was a huge eye opener for me.

Edit: Obviously, my hair is way easier to straighten than most of yours, but it still takes a hell of a lot of time when you think you have to do it every single morning, or your life will be a disaster and you'll be too ashamed to leave the house. I know my boyfriend appreciates the greater flexibility in my "getting ready" time these days, since I no longer have to make sure that my hair is absolutely bone dry before going anywhere.

vegas_curls 11-13-2010 03:38 PM

I voted 1 to 1.5 hours, but that's just considering my straightening time. If you consider the time it takes to detangle and blow-dry, tack on another 1.5 hours.

I have very thick, tangle prone, almost waist-length (when pulled straight) 3b hair, so straightening my hair isn't just a style change, it's an event.

acydrose 11-23-2010 06:47 PM


Originally Posted by vegas_curls (Post 1522797)
so straightening my hair isn't just a style change, it's an event.

1.5-2 hours
i have 3c hair, looks shoulder-length when curly and mid-lower back when straightened
its impossible for me to straighten it at home, i have no skills with the blower/iron and i don't own either
so i do deep conditioning at home and go to a friend's salon who is experienced with curlys
he washes with natural shampoos, conditions and puts a keratin serum
double blowdry and then iron, it usually lasts for a week or week and a half if im lucky, if not, its been known to last for half a day or less :(

ducky 11-25-2010 05:50 PM

I have jaw-length, 2c-3a fine hair. I don't blow dry ever - that just makes it a flyaway mess. I take a shower at night and sleep on wet hair.

I use Lazerstraight by Unite as a balm and heat protector - it's amazing! Smells a little strong at first, but works wonders.

I've been wearing my hair straight for about 7 months, and don't see myself going back to curls anytime soon. I love my curls and miss them, but this is much easier for me now.

KurlyKae 11-27-2010 09:41 PM

15-30 minutes. I have 2b/3a hair that falls about 3 inches below my shoulders. I do blow dry, but didn't count it in the time because I don't do much work, other than shaping the bangs with a round brush and the dryer. The rest I just point the dryer at my head in order to dry the hair most of the way. This I do at night, sleep on it, then use my Maxiglide in the morning.

Emilt 08-04-2011 08:11 PM

What on earth are you people doing to straighten it so quickly (30 min to 1 hr)?? I have 3a-3b hair, past my shoulders, and it takes me 2 hours at least.

Edit: Wow, sorry, I didn't realize how old this thread was. :x

KsLiZCuRlZ 08-04-2011 09:38 PM

3 hours, but I thick 3c hair. An Hour to blow dry, 2 hours to straighten.

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KurlyPrincess 08-05-2011 09:36 AM

30-45 minutes... :D

klo 09-13-2011 09:52 PM

straight Routine
So I let it air dry for a half hour. Then I divide it into six sections. I blow dry with a large round brush. That usually takes 45 min to 1 hr. My hair is 3b and 3a mix. chest length. I sleep in a bun at night and can make these results last for 3-5 days depending on the weather. I live in a really dry climate now but I used to live in Louisiana and still could get a good 3 days. The trick is to sleep in a bun with 4 bobbypins at night right smack on the top of your head. And ALWAYS use a heat protectant spray. I use John Frieda.(: PS when my hair was too short for bobbypins I put it in a half pony with a scrunchie on top of my head. Worked every time. I love my curls but my curly routine (every two day wash, every day rewetting) takes much longer and uses way more product.(mousse and gel girl) Oh the IRONY!!!! (:

Aimee 09-15-2011 08:39 AM

Im a 2. I like to put in Morroccan Oil in my hair pre-dry, then it takes me about 10 minutes to dry. Then I set my U-Smooth straightener to 390 degrees (even though it goes up to 450, but I did 450 for a while and it killed my ends). I straighten my hair by layers, and this takes me about 15 minutes. So the whole process is about 30 minutes for me. For you thicker, super-curly girls, maybe you need a flat iron that heats up to a higher temperature to make the process quicker. My hair isn't so thick so I don't need that high of temp. But the U-Smooth is an AWESOME flat iron and avoids frizz!

But if you need help knowing what temp to set your straightener check this out: Hairstyle and Flat Iron Tips and Tools: Setting Your Straightener to the Right Temperature

wxgirlcurl 09-16-2011 07:09 AM

I have bra strap length 3a/2c medium to course hair. It takes me 30min most if the times.... 20 min to blowdry and 10 min to flat iron. I section my hair into 6 sections and use a metal round brush and one of those ionic tourmaline dryers. I use Revlon 1875 dryer and it cuts down on drying time and frizz plus is much quieter than previous dryers. Anyways, I can usually get my hair looking reasonably straight this way but with lots of body and some minor frizz. Then after, I might go over with a flat iron on the same sections. One steady swipe on the mid to high heat is enough to smooth my hair nicely. I use "it's a ten" leave in product for heat protectant. I love that stuff and I think it's been working well on CG. It seems to be not building up yet.

These days I am using a lower heat styling approach. I occasionally will either blowdry only and on day two my hair is smoother after sleeping on it OR I'll air dry my curls and then use a flat iron.

After straightening my hair lasts a good 4 days with barely any maintenance other than to finger comb here and there.

Sometimes I find going straight is way easier than leaving my hair curly unfortunately. When I go curly I end up spending lots if time fiddling and obsessing with my hair each day to get it how I like it that I end up spending longer on my hair over the course of the same amount of days.

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