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I straightened my hair - didn't go so well - PIC

tgreyztgreyz Posts: 1,627Registered Users
I borrowed my sisters maxiglide and straightened my hair. It has teeth on one of the plates and was ripping my hair out. And it looks like sh**. So much for that option. I feel like shaving my head.

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  • PeppyPeppy Posts: 3,290Registered Users
    Girl, go get a CHI!!!!
  • CurlyCanadianCurlyCanadian Posts: 10,780Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Do the teeth come off? They do on my Conair one :?
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  • tgreyztgreyz Posts: 1,627Registered Users
    Peppy wrote:
    Girl, go get a CHI!!!!

    I might, but I hate to spend all that money and have my hair still look like sh**. I haven't had a cut in awhile so it could be that my ends are fried. Although I don't use a blowdryer or flat iron, so don't know why they would be fried.

    I have very thick hair, and it has never been stick straight (even using chemicals and heat). Hate my hair.
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  • tgreyztgreyz Posts: 1,627Registered Users
    Do the teeth come off? They do on my Conair one :?

    They also have a flat plate with no teeth, but my sister told me to use the plate with the teeth. I guess that works out well for her.
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  • redheadfullofcurlsredheadfullofcurls Posts: 409Registered Users
    Peppy wrote:
    Girl, go get a CHI!!!!


    yeah.. my friend just bought one and loves it. She has really long curly hair and can straighten it herself in like 30 minutes.

    How much do they $$$$??
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Posts: 7,713Registered Users
    A Chi is too rich for my blood. If I were going to straighten more than once a month I'd probably spring for one. But for my needs, just to straighten once or twice a month, it isn't worth it.

    I have a Remington Wet 2 Straight and it works a treat, and my hair doesn't get burnt or fried or whatever.

    Like I said, if this were a daily thing with me I'd spend more money on an iron.
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  • picklesgirlpicklesgirl Posts: 1,955Registered Users
    Do the teeth come off? They do on my Conair one :?

    I loved my Conair it quit heating up for some reason though but if I get another straight iron I'll be getting another Conair Ceramic although I've always wanted to try the glass ones
  • PeppyPeppy Posts: 3,290Registered Users
    I put a link in her other thread to CHI's that are less than 100 bucks! Very well worth the money.
  • M2LRM2LR Posts: 8,630Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote:
    A Chi is too rich for my blood. If I were going to straighten more than once a month I'd probably spring for one. But for my needs, just to straighten once or twice a month, it isn't worth it.

    I have a Remington Wet 2 Straight and it works a treat, and my hair doesn't get burnt or fried or whatever.

    Like I said, if this were a daily thing with me I'd spend more money on an iron.

    ITA. If I were to straighten more than once a month, I would totally buy a CHI. I have a Conair something or other, and it works okay. I don't straighten a lot though...it's just too much work for me. I like just diffusing and going.
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  • SCGSCG Posts: 5,416Registered Users
    I know the feeling. If you invest in a quality straightener, you'll probably have much more luck with it.
    I bought a CHI Turbo (on eBay, so it was less expensive than in stores), and I love it. It's such a huge difference from when I was using Vidal Sassoon and Hot Tools straighteners.

    I haven't straightened in a while, because my hair is in dire need of a hair cut (I think it's been over a year since my last cut), so the ends of my hair are atrocious.

    If you're looking for a nicer quality straightener for less money than a CHI, I'd suggest checking out an Andis. I think they only make one, which is a ceramic, but it's very nice. My friend got hers for 25 or so from Target, and it did a very nice job straightening my hair. I did end up buying a CHI, but I do recommend the Andis if you're looking. Link

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  • DarkAngelDarkAngel Posts: 2,671Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Your hair actually doesn't look that bad. Straigtening takes skill especially with hair as curly as yours. Before I got TR, straightening was a two day process if I did it myself. I would first do it and it would look like yours. Straight but not quite right. I would then pull it back into a tight bun for a few hours or overnight. Then the next morning, I would run the flat iron through it again. On the second day, it would finally look better. It would also help to have too much product like a pomade or something in it. Buying the Sedu helped a lot but I still didn't get perfect hair the first try.

    There is a product called Cream Shine by either essations or cessations that my stylist recommended for me. It's kinda heavy and greasy but it helped me when flat ironing before TR.
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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    For your first time, that's not bad at all! I would be THRILLED if I could do as good a job as that myself. I can do pretty much everything to my hair - my own cornrows, box braids, twists, sets - but I cannot press it straight to save my life. I go to the salon for that. It's hard to get enough tension yourself when your hair is really curly/thick/coarse.

    I think what you did looks fine. If you wrap it and cover it with a scarf tonight or set it in a few big rollers, it might smooth out a bit and look great.
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  • wonderdiana - shopaholic takes a napwonderdiana - shopaholic takes a nap Posts: 1,728Registered Users
    DarkAngel wrote:
    Your hair actually doesn't look that bad. Straigtening takes skill especially with hair as curly as yours. Before I got TR, straightening was a two day process if I did it myself. I would first do it and it would look like yours. Straight but not quite right. I would then pull it back into a tight bun for a few hours or overnight. Then the next morning, I would run the flat iron through it again. On the second day, it would finally look better. It would also help to have too much product like a pomade or something in it. Buying the Sedu helped a lot but I still didn't get perfect hair the first try.

    There is a product called Cream Shine by either essations or cessations that my stylist recommended for me. It's kinda heavy and greasy but it helped me when flat ironing before TR.

    I agree. The first couple of times I straightened my hair it didn't look that good. Were you pressing down with the Maxiglide? I saw the creator on HSN and he said you don't have to press down like with other irons.
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  • internetchickinternetchick Posts: 6,191Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote:
    I have a Remington Wet 2 Straight and it works a treat, and my hair doesn't get burnt or fried or whatever.

    Like I said, if this were a daily thing with me I'd spend more money on an iron.

    Ditto this. I used to have this iron and it worked like a charm for me. I didn't iron my hair everyday though, or even frequently, so I didn't invest in an expensive one. I sold mine here because I am sticking to curly hair now that I know how to get great hair days.

    BTW, my hair looked like your straightened when I used those cheapie gold plated irons. The Wet2Straight yielded much better results.
  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    You got really close in to the roots for a flat iron, too. I can't get my roots that straight with those things and neither can my stylist. And it's shiny. What's your secret?
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  • ~Ghost Poster~~Ghost Poster~ Posts: 2,264Registered Users
    I bought one of those Maxiglide things and reviewed it here a couple of years ago. I had exactly the same experience you did--I had the feeling it was going to rip hair, and it did. I sent it back to the vendor with some suggestions for improvement, like taking the little ball off the end of the teeth and making them smooth with a more graduated shape, and making a smaller version for more control and to get closer to the scalp, esp for shorter hair. Guess my opinion wasn't as important as they would have had me think.

    There was no way I could see myself using that thing every day b/c I straighten every day. It made my hair full and swingy, but that ripping issue....

    Go for the flat iron--they even have some that are curved so you don't get such a flat, stick straight look that you then have to turn around and curl again. CurlMaster makes one. Good luck.
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  • x_tigerlilyx_tigerlily Posts: 432Registered Users
    For the sleekest look, blow dry your hair straight with a rounded brush (this does take some skill, though). And then go over it with the flat iron. Apply lots of anti-frizz serum.

    If I ever get my scanner to work, I'll post my graduation pic in my photo album. My mom did my hair and it looks very straight.
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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    For the sleekest look, blow dry your hair straight with a rounded brush (this does take some skill, though). And then go over it with the flat iron. Apply lots of anti-frizz serum.

    If I ever get my scanner to work, I'll post my graduation pic in my photo album. My mom did my hair and it looks very straight.

    That doesn't work for everyone. Blow drying makes my hair impossible! It gets hard and flyaway and looks dry and brittle and the ends look awful, and no amount of pressing or product can fix it. It's worth a shot though, because it works really well for some folk. For me, much better than blowdrying is to try to get hair as straight as possible when really wet with a fine toothed comb and tension, then wrap or band or bun it till it dries and tie a satin scarf over it (even if that takes a day or two - you can speed it up with a hooded drier) and then have it pressed after it is already somewhat stretched that way.
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  • tgreyztgreyz Posts: 1,627Registered Users
    Amneris wrote:
    You got really close in to the roots for a flat iron, too. I can't get my roots that straight with those things and neither can my stylist. And it's shiny. What's your secret?

    No secret, I just put the iron as close to my roots as possible. I washed my hair yesterday and didn't have any products at all in it, perhaps that was part of my problem.

    I just don't have the patience for this kind of thing. I have no idea how people can do this to their hair on a daily basis. Maybe I just need a good haircut, now if I only knew of a decent stylist.
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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    tgreyz wrote:
    Amneris wrote:
    You got really close in to the roots for a flat iron, too. I can't get my roots that straight with those things and neither can my stylist. And it's shiny. What's your secret?

    No secret, I just put the iron as close to my roots as possible. I washed my hair yesterday and didn't have any products at all in it, perhaps that was part of my problem.

    I just don't have the patience for this kind of thing. I have no idea how people can do this to their hair on a daily basis. Maybe I just need a good haircut, now if I only knew of a decent stylist.

    No product is good for straightening - it's better not to use much (a little oil or conditioner on the ends would be good though.)
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  • Resume WriterResume Writer Posts: 645Registered Users
    tgreyz wrote:
    Maybe I just need a good haircut, now if I only knew of a decent stylist.

    For me, the haircut is key; certain cuts are more conducive to straightening. I measure my cuts by how well I can straighten my hair after.

    I think you did a good job straightening!
  • lazy loopslazy loops Posts: 8,792Registered Users
    PartyHair wrote:
    A Chi is too rich for my blood. If I were going to straighten more than once a month I'd probably spring for one. But for my needs, just to straighten once or twice a month, it isn't worth it.

    My stylist has two of those, a narrow & a wide. Since she uses them daily, she recommends them, but for me & like you, she said a Chi isn't necessary & to just look for a ceramic.

    So last Christmas I asked for what she recommended; a narrow with curved sides as they supposedly get closer to the roots & help with putting in end flips.

    However, my hair doesn't like to flip on the ends with such iron & barely even with using a separate curling iron. :roll: It must be the cut or my hair's stubborn.
  • munchkinmunchkin Posts: 2,909Registered Users
    Personally I think you did pretty good for the first time, though I don't know if I would stick with something that pulls your hair out when straightening.
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  • ZinniaZinnia Posts: 7,339Registered Users
    tgreyz wrote:
    No secret, I just put the iron as close to my roots as possible. I washed my hair yesterday and didn't have any products at all in it, perhaps that was part of my problem.

    Trying rubbing a few jojoba drops on top of your hair and try flat ironing again.
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