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How do you straighten YOUR hair??

OMGitsToriikinsOMGitsToriikins Posts: 15Registered Users
I'm a 3C and I was just wondering some ways everyone straightens their own hair.

I like my hair flowy and not greasy, but shiny. Oh and I also like a soft feel. So the way I straighten my hair is like if I went to a Dominican salon. (The blowout: Blow drying and then flat iron) If you do the same I would also appreciate tips on how you blow out your hair. :)
16, mixed (Black, White, Cuban) 3c.:blah5::blah5::blah5: Just trying to grow these curls:afro:

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  • sandals06sandals06 Posts: 4Registered Users
    I don't have the patience to blow dry my 3c hair so I roller set it with large rollers. It only takes 30 minutes under the dryer and then I flat iron to get it totally straight.
  • DarbyDarby Posts: 1,025Registered Users
    After washing, add product, I take small sections at a time and use a large round brush with my dryer on med. Not high. Then I use a paddle brush and run the dryer thru those sections. The paddle brush makes it soft. I rarely ever use a flat iron. I might use it on my bangs if I have to.
    PW:curlyhaired

    Natural hair color - dark brunette
    Fine, thinish hair/3a, 3b
  • Laney1Laney1 Posts: 308Registered Users
    When I used to straighten mine, I would shampoo, condition and then put it up for the day with just straightened bangs. The next day I would flat iron it little section, by little section.

    I have shoulder length 3b/c hair and I got the flat ironing down to about 20 minutes!
    3B, with some 3C
  • principessa1984principessa1984 Posts: 129Registered Users
    I rollerset and allow it to air dry
    My signature style: the "braid n' curl"
    High porosity, normal elasticity, high density, thick strands, DRY (must moisturize/oil and DT a lot), tangles easily. Highly textured...curl softener+demi-perm color.
    Straightened length: Waist (layers)
    Textured length: (variable) full SL to BSL

    Condish/Shampoo: VO5
    Pre-poo: mild protein(VO5)+castor oil+tea tree
    Steam treatments: 1-2x weekly
    Daily routine and DT: Moisturize w/ Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose+Olive oil and seal w/ Avocado oil
  • OMGitsToriikinsOMGitsToriikins Posts: 15Registered Users
    Darby wrote: »
    After washing, add product, I take small sections at a time and use a large round brush with my dryer on med. Not high. Then I use a paddle brush and run the dryer thru those sections. The paddle brush makes it soft. I rarely ever use a flat iron. I might use it on my bangs if I have to.

    Thanks for the tip, and what kind of product do you use?
    16, mixed (Black, White, Cuban) 3c.:blah5::blah5::blah5: Just trying to grow these curls:afro:
  • slivolaslivola Posts: 372Registered Users
    My texture is 3a/b but my stylist specializes in textured hair- most of her clients are 3c or 4. She told me not to bother blowing it out first before flat ironing, but instead just to flat iron right over the curls. She was right- it's so much easier- so much less hair to contend with plus a major time saver. I just put in a ton of argan oil and my regular leave in and air dry. Then I flat iron before bed and in the morning take a curling iron and curl some random layers so it doesn't have to look perfect and gets some body back.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    3a (
    with 3b)
    Fine texture/Normal porosity/Medium density
    Low Poo
    (Aveda's damage remedy); Styling: Aveda's: Color Conserve Daily leave in+ Be Curly Style Prep+ Phomollient (mixed w/ Defining Whip)
    Finishing: Aveda's Texturizing Creme or Defining Whip; Eufora Pure Polish Drops
    Color
    Maintenance:
    Aveda's Madder Root condish+Clove condish
  • OMGitsToriikinsOMGitsToriikins Posts: 15Registered Users
    slivola wrote: »
    My texture is 3a/b but my stylist specializes in textured hair- most of her clients are 3c or 4. She told me not to bother blowing it out first before flat ironing, but instead just to flat iron right over the curls. She was right- it's so much easier- so much less hair to contend with plus a major time saver. I just put in a ton of argan oil and my regular leave in and air dry. Then I flat iron before bed and in the morning take a curling iron and curl some random layers so it doesn't have to look perfect and gets some body back.

    thanks for the tip! I'll try it
    16, mixed (Black, White, Cuban) 3c.:blah5::blah5::blah5: Just trying to grow these curls:afro:
  • slivolaslivola Posts: 372Registered Users
    Let us know how you like it! It's also so much less damaging, too.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    3a (
    with 3b)
    Fine texture/Normal porosity/Medium density
    Low Poo
    (Aveda's damage remedy); Styling: Aveda's: Color Conserve Daily leave in+ Be Curly Style Prep+ Phomollient (mixed w/ Defining Whip)
    Finishing: Aveda's Texturizing Creme or Defining Whip; Eufora Pure Polish Drops
    Color
    Maintenance:
    Aveda's Madder Root condish+Clove condish
  • YulisaYulisa Posts: 2Registered Users
    I did Brazilian blow dry at hairdressers Ealing. Now I have got really straightened hair. I suppose it’s not harmful, because they use natural sources of keratin. And i should say that hair became enough shiny and silky
  • OMGitsToriikinsOMGitsToriikins Posts: 15Registered Users
    Yulisa wrote: »
    I did Brazilian blow dry at hairdressers Ealing. Now I have got really straightened hair. I suppose it’s not harmful, because they use natural sources of keratin. And i should say that hair became enough shiny and silky

    hmm I'll look more into it, but still thank you
    16, mixed (Black, White, Cuban) 3c.:blah5::blah5::blah5: Just trying to grow these curls:afro:
  • Curly-AsianCurly-Asian Posts: 104Registered Users
    I shampoo and condition my hair that night. Then, put my hair in a ponytail and go to sleep. Then, I wake up and straighten my hair.

    The process:
    I put in a little bit of chi silk infusion, then I spray in some chi heat protectant.
    I divide my hair in 3-4 sections starting from the bottom to the top. I straighten from bottom, up.

    Takes about 20-30 minutes, depending how straight I want it.
  • littleirishcurlylittleirishcurly Posts: 38Registered Users
    Ok, this seems to work for me
    >
    I actually straighten my hair in layers. I start from the bottom layer, then work my way to the top. I take a clip, then pin up all of my hair, except for a small part on the bottom. Then I spray ion straightening solution on my hair, and that's it. I really love the ion spray. It leaves my hair silky and smooth, the only problem is the smell. :confused3: But, anyway, it's paraben free, so my hair loves it(:
  • CurlyCowgirlyCurlyCowgirly Posts: 295Registered Users
    slivola wrote: »
    My texture is 3a/b but my stylist specializes in textured hair- most of her clients are 3c or 4. She told me not to bother blowing it out first before flat ironing, but instead just to flat iron right over the curls. She was right- it's so much easier- so much less hair to contend with plus a major time saver. I just put in a ton of argan oil and my regular leave in and air dry. Then I flat iron before bed and in the morning take a curling iron and curl some random layers so it doesn't have to look perfect and gets some body back.
    I don't blow-dry mine before straightening either. It doesn't make much of a difference. What brand of argan oil do you get? Is it pure or mixed with silicones?
    Yulisa wrote: »
    I did Brazilian blow dry at hairdressers Ealing. Now I have got really straightened hair. I suppose it’s not harmful, because they use natural sources of keratin. And i should say that hair became enough shiny and silky
    Out of curiosity, how much did you pay?
    Ok, this seems to work for me
    >
    I actually straighten my hair in layers. I start from the bottom layer, then work my way to the top. I take a clip, then pin up all of my hair, except for a small part on the bottom. Then I spray ion straightening solution on my hair, and that's it. I really love the ion spray. It leaves my hair silky and smooth, the only problem is the smell. :confused3: But, anyway, it's paraben free, so my hair loves it(:
    I straighten in layers too. It's so much easier that way. I've been wanting to try the Ion spray. Have you tried any other of Ion's heat styling solutions?
    Low/Med porosity, very fine, low/med elasticity & density, 3A
    AKA hard to work with hair!


    Low-Poo: Kenra Volumizing shampoo, AG Fast Food shampoo
    CO: AG Ultramoist, AO GPB, Nature's Gate Aloe Vera
    Gel: GFCC mousse, HETT, Aquage Megagel
    Also: Aloe Vera juice or Alba Leave-in. Weekly ACV rinse.
    Wishlist: YTC low-poo, Elucence poo, Bioterra Curl Creme, AGEbeautiful Strengthening trtment, SS Repairing Protein Trtment, LuxyHair ext's
  • mamaherreramamaherrera Posts: 884Registered Users
    For those whose blow-dry it first, do you all start blow-drying and using round brush from teh minute you blot it dry??? I've heard lately to wait to start using any brush on the hair until it's 80% dry to lower breakage amount. But . . . . if I wait until then, my cowlicks form and it's much tougher to get it straighten. Any thoughts on that?? When I straighten my bang I always start round brushing it/blow dry when it's still very damp.
    2c
    Medium texture
    Normal porosity
    Normal elasticity
    can get weighed down with lots of oils
    Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
    Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
    Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
    Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
    Gel: Kiss my face gel
    DT:Jessicurl
    Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
    working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go
  • CuriousAquariusCuriousAquarius Posts: 41Registered Users
    I stretch it first with the banding method until its 75% dry overnight, then I use the tension method to blow it dry, then I use the comb chase method with the flat iron. Best way for me to straighten my hair. I also hate greasy hair, I only use 1 product to straighten it and its so silky
    Products I use:
    Shampoo: SM JBCO shampoo/ ACV rinses
    Cowash: Taliah Waajad Creamy Cowash
    Conditioner: Giovanni 50:50/ Giovanni Tea Tree
    Leave-in: CJ Curl Assurance/ SM Strengthening Milk
    Deep conditioner: EVA Nye/ ORS Hair Mayo
    Oils: Apricot oil/ Avocado oil/ Coconut oil

    Current (working on) Regimen:
    ACV rinses once a month
    SLS shampoo and deep condition once a week
    Protein treatment: 2x a month
    Cowash midweek
    Leave-in + oil everyday
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,970Registered Users Curl Novice
    After shampoo and condition, I put in some liquid gel, then let it air dry. Then I use a hot curling brush. It doesn't get as straight as it would with a flat iron, but it has lots of body, and it's less damaging than a flat iron.

    It only takes about 15-20 minutes and its very easy to do. I section the hair and then use the curling brush. It has many settings going up to about 20. I usually set it at 10 to minimize damage. Its practically a foolproof method.

    I really should use a heat protectant - I have it and I've forgotten to use it! Does anyone else use a hot curling brush? I'm surprised it isn't more popular.
    2/c Coarse hair med. density.
    Highly porous. Color over grey.
    I love all the Curl Junkie products. Still experimenting with gels and curl creams. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
    Every day is a gift :flower:
  • sloka25sloka25 Posts: 78Registered Users
    I usually put it big curlformers or rollers to straighten it a bit more (so as to avoid blow drying) and sleep in it. Then the next morning, I put in a heat protectant (L'Oreal Paris Boost It Blow Out Spray) and then flat iron in 1-2 inch sections with my Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium 1" flat iron. I finish with a drop or two of Chi Silk Infusion