How long does it take you to straighten your hair ?

taltaltaltal Registered Users Posts: 614
How long does it take you to straighten your curls ?
For reference, what kind of curls do you have and what length ? Do you blowdry before using the straightener and which straightener/products do you use ?

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  • DancerukDanceruk Registered Users Posts: 22
    1.5 hours - 2 hours tops

    I blow dry first, takes maybe 30 minutes, then straightening 1 hr 30 mins, doing the smallest sections possible

    4a type hair, about 1 inch past SL

    I rarely use heat though, maybe 3 times a year
  • CheetaraCheetara Registered Users Posts: 2,182 Curl Neophyte
    About 15 minutes, not including blow drying first (that takes 5-10 minutes). I have shoulder length wavy hair that is pretty easy to straighten.

    I use this flat iron with Beyond the Zone Straight Shot serum which is FULL of 'cones.
    Sort of CG sometimes, but not really
    2B, medium? normal porosity and elasticity?

    Cleansers -
    Suave Clarifying, Philosophy Happy Birthday Beautiful

    Stylers - BRHG, re:coil, Ion Hairspray

    I live in the NYC area.

  • KurlyKAZKurlyKAZ Registered Users Posts: 14
    I have short, ear-length hair that takes about 15 min to blow dry (in sections with a round brush) and 20-30 min to flat iron (also in sections). My hair is fine, but there's a lot of it!
    Began Mod CG 8/29/10
    Mostly 3a (I think) with some 2a & 2b thrown in for good measure, porous due to color, normal elasticity
    Loves ACV and maybe protein

    Low-poo: Giovanni TTTT
    CO-wash: V05 Kiwi Lime
    Condish: GF Triple Nutrition
    Leave-in: GF Sleek & Shine (HG??), LOOB, almond oil
    Gel: LA Looks Sport
    Straightening (I know, I know! I just like a change every once in a while!): FX Flat Iron spray, Jonathan Dirt

    Still experimenting with products, but generally, the cheaper the better!

  • christinagrcchristinagrc Registered Users Posts: 6
    not include blow dry. i have 3a, medium lengh hair~
  • MaroMaroMaroMaro Registered Users Posts: 11
    For me what take the longest is to roller set and wait till is dry ... (like 1 1/2) .. then straithening like 30 minutes.... My hair is really thick.
  • hellomirandahellomiranda Registered Users Posts: 8
    takes me 30-45 min
    i have 3a-3b hair
    i use herstyler colorful seasons straightener (wouldn't recommend it, too expensive and still makes it a lil frizzy.. looking for a budget iron that works good if anyone has any recomendations! :D)
    i also use got2b Crazy Sleek Hot Smooth lotion protectant OR tresseme heat tamer
    i dont blowdry my hair, i take a shower at night to let it air dry
    but if i have to blowdry it takes an hour to do.. and turns out frizzy. :/
  • Sammy22Sammy22 Registered Users Posts: 124
    I blowdry the night before-20 minutes, flat iron in am, 30 minutes
  • dorie92dorie92 Registered Users Posts: 8
    It takes me 2 hours. One hour to blow dry and another to flat iron. I have 4a mid back length hair.
  • SaroyanSaroyan Registered Users Posts: 398
    My hair is 2a/b wavy, thick, and BSL, and it probably takes me 20 or 30 minutes. I can blow it out straight without much trouble (and only flat iron the front if necessary, which is another five minutes), but it doesn't stay straight if there's any humidity in the air, if it gets rained on even very slightly, if I sweat at all, and so on. It also gets weird bends and flat areas overnight, so I can't straighten at night or have multi-day straight hair.

    In practice this means I have to do a full blow-out every morning and still have no guarantee it won't frizz up in five minutes, so finding this site and learning how to wear my hair natural/wavy was a huge eye opener for me.

    Edit: Obviously, my hair is way easier to straighten than most of yours, but it still takes a hell of a lot of time when you think you have to do it every single morning, or your life will be a disaster and you'll be too ashamed to leave the house. I know my boyfriend appreciates the greater flexibility in my "getting ready" time these days, since I no longer have to make sure that my hair is absolutely bone dry before going anywhere.
    2a, very fine, very thick, protein-loving, not especially porous. cg since july 2010.

    cleanse: cj daily fix, vo5 vanilla mint tea
    condition: marie dean anything, db pumpkin seed, cj curl assurance, cj beauticurls
    style: cj beauticurls leave-in, cj curl queen, cj cccc lite, kccc, homemade fsg, db coconut & hibiscus oil, ecostyler
    treatments: ss repairing protein, ss deeply decadent
    techniques: icequeen, plopping, scrunching upside down, pixie diffusing
  • vegas_curlsvegas_curls Registered Users Posts: 860 Curl Novice
    I voted 1 to 1.5 hours, but that's just considering my straightening time. If you consider the time it takes to detangle and blow-dry, tack on another 1.5 hours.

    I have very thick, tangle prone, almost waist-length (when pulled straight) 3b hair, so straightening my hair isn't just a style change, it's an event.
  • acydroseacydrose Registered Users Posts: 17
    so straightening my hair isn't just a style change, it's an event.

    1.5-2 hours
    i have 3c hair, looks shoulder-length when curly and mid-lower back when straightened
    its impossible for me to straighten it at home, i have no skills with the blower/iron and i don't own either
    so i do deep conditioning at home and go to a friend's salon who is experienced with curlys
    he washes with natural shampoos, conditions and puts a keratin serum
    double blowdry and then iron, it usually lasts for a week or week and a half if im lucky, if not, its been known to last for half a day or less :(
    3b-3c from Puerto Rico
  • duckyducky Registered Users Posts: 927
    I have jaw-length, 2c-3a fine hair. I don't blow dry ever - that just makes it a flyaway mess. I take a shower at night and sleep on wet hair.

    I use Lazerstraight by Unite as a balm and heat protector - it's amazing! Smells a little strong at first, but works wonders.

    I've been wearing my hair straight for about 7 months, and don't see myself going back to curls anytime soon. I love my curls and miss them, but this is much easier for me now.
    Location: Napa, CA
  • KurlyKaeKurlyKae Registered Users Posts: 3,413 Curl Neophyte
    15-30 minutes. I have 2b/3a hair that falls about 3 inches below my shoulders. I do blow dry, but didn't count it in the time because I don't do much work, other than shaping the bangs with a round brush and the dryer. The rest I just point the dryer at my head in order to dry the hair most of the way. This I do at night, sleep on it, then use my Maxiglide in the morning.
    Trader Joe's Tingle conditioner wash/ conditioner
    AG re:coil, LALooks gel, John Frieda Secret Weapon
  • EmiltEmilt Registered Users Posts: 8
    What on earth are you people doing to straighten it so quickly (30 min to 1 hr)?? I have 3a-3b hair, past my shoulders, and it takes me 2 hours at least.

    Edit: Wow, sorry, I didn't realize how old this thread was. :x
  • KsLiZCuRlZKsLiZCuRlZ Registered Users Posts: 272
    3 hours, but I thick 3c hair. An Hour to blow dry, 2 hours to straighten.

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    CG..yep that's me!

  • KurlyPrincessKurlyPrincess Registered Users Posts: 1,847
    30-45 minutes... :D
    <3 Our love is like the wind; I can't see it. But I can feel it. <3
  • kloklo Registered Users Posts: 1
    So I let it air dry for a half hour. Then I divide it into six sections. I blow dry with a large round brush. That usually takes 45 min to 1 hr. My hair is 3b and 3a mix. chest length. I sleep in a bun at night and can make these results last for 3-5 days depending on the weather. I live in a really dry climate now but I used to live in Louisiana and still could get a good 3 days. The trick is to sleep in a bun with 4 bobbypins at night right smack on the top of your head. And ALWAYS use a heat protectant spray. I use John Frieda.(: PS when my hair was too short for bobbypins I put it in a half pony with a scrunchie on top of my head. Worked every time. I love my curls but my curly routine (every two day wash, every day rewetting) takes much longer and uses way more product.(mousse and gel girl) Oh the IRONY!!!! (:
  • AimeeAimee Banned Banned Users Posts: 17
    Im a 2. I like to put in Morroccan Oil in my hair pre-dry, then it takes me about 10 minutes to dry. Then I set my U-Smooth straightener to 390 degrees (even though it goes up to 450, but I did 450 for a while and it killed my ends). I straighten my hair by layers, and this takes me about 15 minutes. So the whole process is about 30 minutes for me. For you thicker, super-curly girls, maybe you need a flat iron that heats up to a higher temperature to make the process quicker. My hair isn't so thick so I don't need that high of temp. But the U-Smooth is an AWESOME flat iron and avoids frizz!

    But if you need help knowing what temp to set your straightener check this out: Hairstyle and Flat Iron Tips and Tools: Setting Your Straightener to the Right Temperature
  • wxgirlcurlwxgirlcurl Registered Users Posts: 125
    I have bra strap length 3a/2c medium to course hair. It takes me 30min most if the times.... 20 min to blowdry and 10 min to flat iron. I section my hair into 6 sections and use a metal round brush and one of those ionic tourmaline dryers. I use Revlon 1875 dryer and it cuts down on drying time and frizz plus is much quieter than previous dryers. Anyways, I can usually get my hair looking reasonably straight this way but with lots of body and some minor frizz. Then after, I might go over with a flat iron on the same sections. One steady swipe on the mid to high heat is enough to smooth my hair nicely. I use "it's a ten" leave in product for heat protectant. I love that stuff and I think it's been working well on CG. It seems to be not building up yet.

    These days I am using a lower heat styling approach. I occasionally will either blowdry only and on day two my hair is smoother after sleeping on it OR I'll air dry my curls and then use a flat iron.

    After straightening my hair lasts a good 4 days with barely any maintenance other than to finger comb here and there.

    Sometimes I find going straight is way easier than leaving my hair curly unfortunately. When I go curly I end up spending lots if time fiddling and obsessing with my hair each day to get it how I like it that I end up spending longer on my hair over the course of the same amount of days.

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    Modified CG since July 2011,
    Conditioners: Tresumme Naturals for RO and L'Oreal Eversleek for LI
    Styler: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie
    Mousse: HETMS, HESMU or Pantene Curl defining mousse
    Oils: 50/50 Coconut Oil and EVOO (amazing combo!!)
    My Hair Album - Naturally Curly and Straightened
  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Registered Users Posts: 17,502 Curl Neophyte
    I can't do it myself. It takes a stylist about 1.5 to 2 hours. My hair is 3b/a BSL in its natural state and between waist to hip dry. It's somewhat coarse, so it takes time.
    Kiva! Microfinance works.

    Med/Coarse, porous curly.
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,060 Administrator
    Anywhere from 1-2 hours, I think?

    I start with soaking-wet hair. Divide hair into 4 basic sections, then work on 1 section at a time, dividing into smaller pieces. Keep all other hair clipped up away from the section I'm working on.

    Spray on water if section begins to dry; I'm 3b and the more curl that sets in, the worse the end result. I HAVE to keep the sections very wet to keep the curl pattern loose while straightening.

    Spray on heat protectant, then use my blowdryer with comb attachment. Blow until partially dry, then I stop and put some sort of moisturizer on the section....whether oil or cream, etc. THEN continue blowing until dry and straight.

    After I do this, all I have to do is run a flatiron lightly (depending on how straight my hair is post-blowout) and quickly, in sections. Because the blowout with comb attachment already got my roots and most of it straight. I can get it straighter than most salons this way.

    At night or around the house, I wrap my hair around my head (its very long and dense so I can't do it very well)....making a very deep part over one ear and brushing it as flat as I can around my entire head, esp the front hairline. Whatever I can't wrap, I comb down into a loose pigtail.Then put on a secure silk/satin scarf over it all.

    Doing the above, in low humidity conditions, my hair will last a month, literally. People tend to ballyhoo my method, but I feel that its far less damaging than flatironing my hair every single day. At most, I might need to touch up my hairline only, probably once a week if even that.
    The only time I pay attention to not-quite-straight roots is if they're visible.....i.e., I don't even bother to get my nape bone straight as long as it's straight enough to blend with the rest. I am 3b, very fine but also thick and dense.

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  • Curly SaraCurly Sara Registered Users Posts: 183
    I have 3c hair with tight macaroni curls and about shoulder length when the hair is curly and dry.

    I dont blow dry ever because i want to minimize heatdamage as much as possible. But i take a shower with a sulfate shampoo to get as clean hair as possible, condition it, apply a bit argan oil to my soaking wet clean hair and let it airdry to the next day.

    I usually use about an hour to flat iron my hair because a have really curly macaronihair. I section the hair in 16 and brush every section seperately to get really straight and smooth hair. I currently use a herstyler flat iron which has 275 degrees heat and it actually works on my 3c macaroni hair but the cones with this is that you cant adjust the heat and it was really pricy....

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    Hair type/properties:
    3c hair, high porosity, mediumdensity, low elasticity, fine hair.

    Curly hair routine/regime:
    Combine the modified cg-method (low poo) and a modified tightly curly method.
    -Condition and leave in: Aubrey Organics, Giovanni Barzilian keratin and argan oil
    -Sealer: shea butter, Argan, olive and coconutoil
    -Gel: homemade flaxseed gel, Kinky curly custard, Queen Helene Curl royal shaping creme.
  • Curly-AsianCurly-Asian Registered Users Posts: 104
    I actually timed myself to straighten my hair and it took me just 20 minutes.

    I always shower the night before, and then put my hair in a ponytail at night to air dry and then straighten it in the morning. I use my Ultra CHI flat iron and CHI silk infusion as heat protectant (sometimes tresemme heat tamer spray).
    I never blowdry my hair. Air drying makes my hair smoother and it's one less heat I'm using.

    My hair is 2b-2c and is almost passed my boobs.
  • RingletTeenLoveRingletTeenLove Registered Users Posts: 116
    Forever and a day. Abt 2 hrs

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  • CurlyCarmenCurlyCurlyCarmenCurly Registered Users Posts: 118
    About 1-1.5 hours, I think.

    I have 3B/A curls, mainly 3b. They are almost BSL stretched.

    I don't blowdry beforehand, I let it air dry. I only use a heat protectant, nothing else.

    My results look like this;




    BSL stretched (longest it's ever been and growing rapidly!), past shoulder curly. Hair goal is hip length.

    3a-b/f-m/ii. Soft and silky texture and prone to tangles. Can't get second day hair, even if I kissed the feet of fairy's :neutral:

    Follow me on Instagram! Weightlossandcurls.

    Pictures (clicky)
  • DsotomayorDsotomayor Registered Users Posts: 173
    About 30-45 minutes for me.

    I use CHI silk infusion to smooth and protect my hair while I blow dry. I use a large round brush and go section by section. This part usually takes the longest (25-35 minutes).

    Then I lightly spray tresseme heat tamer all over, let it dry about a minute, and then quickly pass the flat iron through the bottom section, then the top section. I use the Chi turbo flat iron which is awesome! This part will normally take me about 10 minutes.

    If I have any fly aways, ill use a little grapeseed oil to smooth it all down.

    I have fine, bra strap length, 3a hair

    Hair type:3a
    Cowash: SN coconut cond.
    Cleanser: devacurl or devacare nopoo, dc lowpoo
    Ro: DC onecon., KCKT
    LI: DC onecon., KCKT, CJ cccl
    Stylers: CJ cccl, FSG, Cj ciab, DC angel
    Oils: coconut oil, apricot kernel, grapeseed
  • Fantastic1221Fantastic1221 Registered Users Posts: 356
    3-4 hours. I'm still new to flat ironing and take my time to aviod het damage. My routine is here:

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    3c front crown,4a in middle back
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