Curlies, Kinkies and Coilies: The Do’s and Don’ts of Heat Straightening Your Hair
By Montinique Lewis, ALFS Guest Contributor
- Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo or use apple cider vinegar to remove build up before you flat iron your hair.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Apply a liquid heat protectant before you blow dry your hair.
- Use frizz-free serums to add shine and smoothness without weighing your hair down before and after you flat iron.
- Keep your appliances clean because dirty appliances can cause damage.
- Before you blow dry your hair, allow it to dry 50% before so that you can minimize your chances of heat damage.
- 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
- Wrap your hair after you’ve finished flat ironing it, then apply either a satin or silk scarf.
- Don’t use oils or grease or any moisturizers on your hair before you flat iron it. It can burn your hair.
- Don’t set your flat iron heat over 450-degrees Fahrenheit. Hair burns at 451-degrees Fahrenheit.
- Don’t go over the same section of hair more than once.
- Do not flat iron big pieces at a time. Use small sections to ensure your hair will get as straight as possible.
- Don’t flat iron your hair every day.
- Avoid steam, gels and moisturizers. It will make your hair revert back to curly sooner than you may like.
- 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.