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How bad are straightening irons?

I have thought about one day straightening my hair for a laugh to see what it goes like being this long. However....... i dont want to ruin my hair and take away allt eh hard work i have done to get it to a reasonable condition. Do any of you curies go straight once in a while? What protector do you use? And any other advice u have. Thanks

Also..... hope ur all ok!
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With your curly hair,fun personality,and cuteness in general, you could wear underpants on your head and still look good.
Very cute. those big juicy curls haa... i love em :P
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  • pitgirlpitgirl Posts: 162Registered Users
    Bad bad bad! If your hair is quite high maintenance condition wise I would say leave it, they heat up to 200*c and really aren't good for your hair, I would say though, if you really are desperate to try then use protection.

    But as you all know we love your curls :)
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  • specialkay2727specialkay2727 Posts: 47Registered Users
    i use one every once and a while...i don't notice any change in my hair(but everyones different). Just make sure you use a heat protectant if you gonna do it .
  • Kgrl17Kgrl17 Posts: 137Registered Users
    I do it about once a week and keep it like that for going out on Friday and Saturday. My hair never gets too dried out or looks dry and frizzy. If I straighten daily for about 3 weeks then it would start to be drier on the ends. The CG routine and leaving my hair curly for the majority of the time really helps the condition of my hair now.
  • BeachBlondeWavieBeachBlondeWavie Posts: 159Registered Users
    i seldom straighten my hair but i have to admit sometime random waves drive me nuts so i do run over them with a flat iron...

    i use charles worthington results leave in condish as a heat protector then spray a little main n tail heat protector on top of it...

    test to see if your flat iron is too hot- take a tissue and press the flat iron on it, if the tissue turns yellow its going to scorch your hair
    2C blonde long hair

    •ojon + curls
    •goal: to grow my hair to my waist!

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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    My stylist talked about how it depends on the hair's texture. he told me to never use one. He uses a blowdryer with a big brush and a large curling iron on me. Your is much shorter though, so I don't know how else to straighten short hair.

    His opinion is only one person's opinion, so other opinions will vary.
    Kiva! Microfinance works.

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  • Kgrl17Kgrl17 Posts: 137Registered Users
    I heard from two different stylist that it's best to have your straightener on a very high setting. That way the hair straightens right away and you don't have to keep going over the same piece 2-3 times to get it right. That's only when it's curly though, not when you're just fixing some waves the day after you straighten.
  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 6,753Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I do mine every so often, usually if I've got somewhere special to go. It's straight atm as I went to an Xmas do on Sat and am off to see Robbie Williams tonight (yay!). The last time I straightened was in August when I was on holiday in the UK and it was just easier to manage. I use a leave in called Vita 5 CPR then PM's seal and shine before blowdrying and straightening, then some MOP glisten drops when I'm finished. It seems to keep it's condition ok though I know when I straightened regularly it got pretty fried and eventually started snapping off. That's when I found nc.com!
    3b in South Australia.
  • ShearcrazyShearcrazy Posts: 24Registered Users
    different straighteners have different technology and different ways of protecting the hair. you also need to use a product to protect the hair. i use 2 different irons at work. for my curlies that want to go straight i use an iron from ghb which is ceramic and tourmoline. i am still learning about this iron, but it gets up to 374 degrees which is the heat in which even the most damaged hair can be straightened by this iron even though i don't suggest flat ironing dry brittle hair. It is suggested for even the curliest hair and gets it straight in one pass.

    for my straight or wavy girls i use my chi iron which does a really good job, but sometimes i find it it get a little too hot for what i am doing.

    i have also tried a ceramic iron called a super****(star) that i bought through a distributor, wasn't all the impressed on my curlies that wanted to be straight.
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  • curlylew66curlylew66 Posts: 1,685Registered Users
    Every so often. I need the change every once in a while.
  • CelticCurlsCelticCurls Posts: 558Registered Users
    I've only had it straightened once in my life. My sister a 3A, did it for me on a visit to my hometown ( a very dry place, or it never would have worked.) It took 45 min and when done my hair reached almost to my waist. It made me look very, very different. My BF didn't like it it at all. His comment was, "it looks pretty, but it isn't you at all. It'll go back won't it?" :lol: And the next day it was already poofing out, even through layers of cone serum. I can't see doing that again. I'd try wrapping if I wanted a fun day of straight hair.
    3B, bra-strap length
    laidback, very-modified CGer
    HG: GF Sleek 'n Shine Leave-in; Alagio
  • one way streetone way street Posts: 772Registered Users
    curlylew66 wrote:
    Every so often. I need the change every once in a while.

    mod. CG 2C-3A/M/iii
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    Currently: Trying to stop straightening so much. Using Elucence conditioner and whatever works for me.
  • jennyfurrensjennyfurrens Posts: 708Registered Users
    i am proud to say that ihave never once taken a pair of straighteners to my hair. not even one wee section. i have never liked the idea of frying my hair and i dont think i'd suit straight hair at all - as it's so fine it'd look a lot smaller with no vollume compared to my curls. i personally think it is very bad for you hair BUT only doing it once with lots of heat protection might not be TOOO bad. but it will cancel out some of the progress you've made with getting your curls in great condition.

    cleanse: OS shampoo. PureNuffStuff cleanser.
    condition: Aussie 3MM. Jessicurl Aloeba.
    style: B2Basics GreenTeaGel. T&G Curl Balm. JCarter Nourish&Shine.

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  • CurlyGina2CurlyGina2 Posts: 1,048Registered Users
    I know it is bad for my hair, because it takes my hair 2 washings or so for the curls to bounce back. My hair does not look all the good straight anyway, and takes freaking forever. So I voted once in a while, and by once in a while, I mean 3 or 4 times a year. The last time I straightened was over the summer, and I'm not planning to do it anytime soon.

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