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How to Straighten Biracial Hair with a Flat Iron

Updated on March 16, 2012

Deciding to Straighten the Hair

The greatest quality of biracial hair is its versatility. It can be styled in so many different ways! For girls and women with thick, curly hair, there may be times when you want to have it straight so that you can wear it down or in a looser style. Using a flat iron is a great way to achieve straight hair without permanently changing it. If you do it correctly there will be minimal damage. To straighten a full head of thick, curly hair I recommend that you have someone do it for you.

Tools You Will Need

For this project, you will need a flat iron, a wide-tooth comb or pick, several ponytail holders, and a bottle of hair oil.

Have a good flat iron and a pick ready.
Have a good flat iron and a pick ready.

Before You Start

I recommend washing your hair either the day before or the morning that you straighten it. Once straightened, you won't want to wash it again for at least several days, if not a week; washing it will return it to its original state.

Any good shampoo or conditioner is fine--Pantene's Relaxed and Natural for Women of Color works well. Be sure to thoroughly comb the hair through. After washing, use a generous amount of leave-in conditioner.

Pile the top of the hair into a high ponytail so that you can work on the back first.  The long section on the left in this photo has already been straightened.
Pile the top of the hair into a high ponytail so that you can work on the back first. The long section on the left in this photo has already been straightened.
Take small sections and straighten them one at a time.
Take small sections and straighten them one at a time.

Getting to Work

When you are ready to start, make sure the hair is completely dry. Using a flat iron on damp hair does not achieve good results and can damage the hair. I start by applying a generous palmful of hair oil throughout the hair. Then I section the hair into two or three sections with pony tail holders. Begin by taking a small section of hair--about the width of two pencils--and comb it out so that there are no tangles. If it looks dry, smooth a few drops of oil onto it. Pull it straight and tight, then smooth the iron across it, starting as close to the scalp as possible--be very careful not to burn the person. When you are near the ears, temples, or back of the neck you have to be particularly careful; you can't get as close to the scalp when you are working in these areas.

Keep repeating this process, section by section, combing out each piece as you go, and adding oil as needed. Go over each section of hair slowly, just once or sometimes twice, but no more--otherwise, you can burn the hair. The entire process can be time-consuming. My daughter has very thick hair that does past her shoulders when wet, and it takes me well over an hour to straighten her hair.

The finished product!
The finished product!

The Finished Product

Congratulations! If you have taken your time and done a good job, you should be proud of your results! You can expect to keep the hair in its straightened state for at least several days to a week, if you take good care of it. Be very careful not to get it wet in the shower or in the rain. If it accidentally gets wet, try touching it up with the iron. You should apply oil to it every day to keep it shiny and healthy-looking. Straightened hair does not hold up well when it is very hot and humid, or damp and rainy, so you might want to avoid doing it at these times.

If you follow the steps in this article, you should achieve positive results. Enjoy!

Sage Carter shares ideas, information, and advice for better living. Visit her at http://sagecarter.hubpages.com/.

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