Curlies, Kinkies and Coilies: The Do’s and Don’ts of Heat Straightening Your Hair

By Montinique Lewis, ALFS Guest Contributor

Although we enjoy wearing our natural God-given halo, sometimes we like to switch our hairstyle and turn our curls and coils into straight bouncy hair. Here are some do’s and don’t’s when applying heat to your natural curls and coils:


  1. Wash your hair with  a clarifying shampoo or use apple cider vinegar to remove build up before you flat iron your hair.
  2. Deep condition your hair weekly for 2-3 weeks before you straighten. You want to make sure your hair is as healthy and strong as possible before using heat.
  3. Use a protein treatment one week before you straighten just to ensure the strength in your hair. Use two tablespoons of honey, a table spoon of olive oil and one egg for your protein treatment.
  4. Leave in the treatment from 30 minutes to an hour. You can use heat if you would like because it lifts the cuticle and offers hydration to the cortex.
  5. Apply a liquid heat protectant before you blow dry your hair.
  6. Use frizz-free serums to add shine and smoothness without weighing your hair down before and after you flat iron.
  7. Keep your appliances clean because dirty appliances can cause damage.
  8. Before you blow dry your hair, allow it to dry 50% before so that you can minimize your chances of heat damage.
  9. Blow dry hair in a downward direction to make sure that the cuticle is flat
    Section your hair in 4 sections because it makes the flat ironing easier
  10. Wrap your hair after you’ve finished flat ironing it, then apply either a satin or silk scarf.


  1. Don’t use oils or grease or any moisturizers on your hair before you flat iron it. It can burn your hair.
  2. Don’t set your flat iron heat over 450-degrees Fahrenheit. Hair burns at 451-degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Don’t go over the same section of hair more than once.
  4. Do not flat iron big pieces at a time. Use small sections to ensure your hair will get as straight as possible.
  5. Don’t flat iron your hair every day.
  6. Avoid steam, gels and moisturizers. It will make your hair revert back to curly sooner than you may like.
  7. Don’t forget to use your homemade protein treatment again after you are finished with your straight look. I recommend you to also deep condition you hair once over every week for the next 2-3 weeks just to rehydrate it.

Natural hair and beauty maven Montinique Lewis is an up-and-coming fashion diva within the Baltimore curly/kinky/coily community and administrator of Natural Sistas Facebook group. Her recent post of instructions for safely straightening textured hair was so on-point, I decided to include it as an ALFS guest post.