Calling all my fellow curly heads. So on my growth journey I have found my own techniques and routine to follow which helps to leave my hair healthy long-term. When it comes to straightening curly hair it can all be a bit of a hit and miss really. We’re told we shouldn’t do it because it creates a lot of damage….and that is very true. However, it’s nice to have frizz free hair every now and then. So when I go to straighten my curly hair these are the 4 things that I do to make sure that my hair is the healthiest it can possible be when drowned in heat.
1. Wash and Deep Condition Your Hair
Hair that is clean straightens best. Shampoos and conditioners that contain sodium strip the hair of natural oils so you may realise that your hair becomes squeaky clean. The shampoo and conditioner I am currently using are the Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo and the Motions Deep Penetrating Conditioner.
2. Apply Heat Protector
Heat protector contains types of cyclomethicone and dimethicone that act as a barrier between your hair and the heated device. These ingredients help to protect your hair from the serious damage that could otherwise be caused, including split ends and breakage. Heat protectors work best if you apply it after you deep condition your hair as this will allow the silicone’s to penetrate your hair shaft. You can apply heat protectors on either wet or dry hair, though everyone will have a different opinion on this. I personally apply mine to wet hair right after I have conditioned it and then wait for it to dry before I start the process.
The heat protector serum I use is the Fantasia Heat Protector Straightening Serum.
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3. Section the hair
It’s important to section your hair into small pieces before you straighten it. The iron won’t penetrate through thick pieces of hair to create a sleek finish so to prevent you having to go over the same area again and again, which causes more damage, it’s always better to divide your hair into small sections during the process. I personally divide my hair into 6 sections, but if you’re hair is not that thick then you can divide your hair into 4 sections, which is also known as the ‘hot cross bun’.
4. Comb Out Your Curls First
Yes you’ll probably look like a poodle but the less curly your hair is, the easier and quicker it will be to straighten. Trying to straighten tight curls is a nightmare (I’ve tried!) and you’ll probably end up going over the same section time and time again. We don’t want that because it’s not really healthy if we straighten the same section of hair 5/6 times just to get that sleek finish. So, take a comb and comb out those curls so your hair ends up looking like an afro. Personally, I blow-dry my hair out before I straighten it just to make it easier but that’s not a concrete rule.
So those are 4 things that you should do before straightening curly hair. Remember this is just my technique and things that have worked for me so you may find that you have another routine that you like to follow, and that it totally OK! If you do, I’d love to hear about it.