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Straightening Natural Hair: New Method
My Straight Hair
Throughout my 4 years of being natural, straightening my hair had never turned out the way I wanted it to. It always ended up being a puffy mess. For those of you who have naturally kinky/curly hair, you understand my dilemma. For my birthday I decided to straighten my hair because my 21st birthday was coming up on March 22nd.
On YouTube I heard of a different way to straighten curly hair that I had not tried before. So I decided to go for it. Of course, I was a little afraid because I really didn’t want to get heat damage but what natural girl isn't afraid of that. Anyway, this method is similar to the chase method with a comb but instead of using a comb, a brush is used. Like this...
This brush looks scary but it really worked! My hair was soft and silky and the best part is...I got no heat damage! This is because I am very cautious about how much heat I am using.
Brushes in the natural hair community have much stigma. They are known to cause a lot of damage to our fragile hair. I feel that if your careful with these brushes and use them sparingly, you should be fine.
This brush looks scary but it really worked! My hair was soft and silky and the best part is...I got no heat damage! This is because I am very cautious about how much heat I am using. Brushes in the natural hair community have much stigma. They are known to cause a lot of damage to our fragile hair. I feel that if your careful with these brushes and use them sparingly, you should be fine.
It's always best to use a flat iron that has temperature control. Hair burns at roughly the same temperature as paper which is 233°C(451°F). When I straightened my hair, I was able to effectively straighten it at around 380-400°F.
When I blow dried my hair I used the tension method, which is a method where you hold your hair taught at the ends and run the blow dryer up and down the strands. This methods prevents over manipulation which can occur from combing through your hair with a brush or a comb throughout the blow drying process. This then in return prevents breakage.
While blow drying, I apply my heat protectant on first and then I proceed with blow drying. When I blow dry I make sure I apply enough heat to get my hair somewhat straight because otherwise straightening it with the flat iron would be extremely difficult.
Before flat ironing, I like to apply more heat protectant just to be extra cautious. Then I start! As I mentioned before, while I flat iron my hair, I hold my bristle brush in front of the flat iron and I allow the flat iron to chase the brush. The brushes bristles detangle and smooth every strand so that it gets the hair straighter.
I also use straightening my hair as a time to trim any unwanted ends. I trim off splits and knots. Here are some pictures of the results...
I really enjoyed the result of my straight hair this time around but of course I got anxious and I just want to make sure my hair was not damaged so I rushed and washed it! Thank God it wasn't damaged and I'm happy to say I have a great method to straighten my hair for next time!
Have you guys tried the brush chase method for straightening hair? Would you try it? Did you like it?