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To straighten or not?

Hey people, so in about 3 days, theres a celebration coming up and i want to straighten my hair for the day. SHOULD I OR SHOULD I NOT?


  • JessiiLeighhJessiiLeighh Posts: 195Registered Users
    Well, it's really up to you, but I say no :P Even a single time flat ironing can really damage your hair, and it's just not worth it. Curls are so beautiful, and think about all of the girls who spend money having their hair curled for celebrations! You definitely don't need to fry your hair to look gorgeous(:
    3a, fine/med strand thickness, high density, low porosity
    CG since April 2012
    BC October 2012
    Cleanser: SheaMoisture Manuka Honey or CJ Daily Fix
    RO Conditioner: Mop Top Daily Conditioner
    Leave In: KCKT
    Stylers: Either Raw Curls Spray Gel, Raw Curls Medium Hold Gel, or MopTop Curly Custard, and always topped with Curlisto Control II Gel
    Sealer: Pure Argan Oil
  • waymire01waymire01 Posts: 117Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I agree, don't. I used to straighten mine full time and it took my curl months to come back.. in fact it's still not all the way back. Early on from going back to curly I tried straightening just for one day and it had a big effect on my curls. How about a nice updo instead?
    3A, fine, porous, colored, protein sensitive
    Buildup/breakout with: butters, coconut/argan oil, polyquats.
    Poo:SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Shampoo
    RO/CoW/DT/LI: TRESemme Botanique Nourish and Replenish Conditioner

  • curlicious13curlicious13 Posts: 1,632Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I wouldn't straighten either. I stopped straightening my hair in May & some spots in my head that won't curl at all. That was five months ago. I'm still trying to get it to curl. I'm good if I get a wave. Lol A nice updo is in order.
  • sixelamysixelamy Posts: 4,156Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Its ultimately your decision. But if you do, please use a silicone beforehand for protection, then you'll have to clarify on your next wash. One time in a long time with the right protection isn't going to absolutely kill your hair. But if this is a more frquent ordeal, I wouldn't recommend it. Depends where your hair is at health-wise and if you're OK with doing this. It is possible to harm the curl pattern. Once I grew a lot of my "straightener hair" out, my curl pattern went from a 2b to a 2c and 3a in spots.
    2c-3a - med-coarse - normal-high porosity - high density
    NP/LP: CJ Daily Fix, KMF Whenever / Giovanni TTTT
    RO/LI: Aussie Moist, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Hask Keratin Protein
    DC/PROTEIN: KC Stellar Strands / CNPF
    STYLER: CJ Curl Queen
    COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
    :thumbdown:: glycerin in high/low dews, polyquat-10 & 11, parabens
  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 6,756Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    If you really want to and it's a one-off thing I don't see why not. I still straighten mine occasionally and it's fine, though I would agree with sixelamy and make sure you protect it and look after it afterwards.
    3b in South Australia.
  • Morgan_AdcockMorgan_Adcock Posts: 2,573Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    If you do, be sure and use a heat protectant. Aveda Brilliant Damage Control is a silicone free heat protectant, as is Curly Hair Solutions ReMane Straight.

    I would also recommend using a flat iron with a reliable thermostat, set on the lowest temperature which will work with your hair. On mine, that's 180ºF, and straightens my hair on one pass. Solia also has an excellent tourmaline ceramic iron with a thermostat and other desirable features at about half the price. Folica also has a recycling program on their appliances over a certain amount, which I think both of these are, which gives you $40 off if you send them an old hair dryer or flat iron, but I'm not finding the link right now.

    That said, I'd be more tempted to flaunt those curls. They may not be as great as you know they're going to be, but all those people who only knew you with bored straight hair won't know that. They're just going to be blown over by the real you.

    Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
    CGing since July 2008
  • PuertoricangirlPuertoricangirl Posts: 428Registered Users
    I say no too lol :P curls are so beautiful and unique! So many people would love to have curls like ours and straightening it really damages it! I plan on never dying or straightening my hair again!!! I love my curls 💕 and just doing it one time can make you want to do it often and damage it more.
    3A/3B Fine/Medium curly, Low Porosity, Medium density, long length.

    *Shampoo & Conditioner: Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and shine
    *Leave-in: Kinky Curly Knot Today and GVP Condtioning Balm
    *Cream Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl enhancing smoothie, Coconut and hibiscus styling milk
    Gels: L.A Looks Sports Gel, and Kinky Curly Curling Custard
    *Serum: Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper

  • MarixpressMarixpress Posts: 91Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Get a blow out instead of using a straightening iron if that's the route you're going.
    Day 1 of Curly Girl method: 10/5/13
    3b Mostly Normal Porosity. Medium Density, Fine to Medium Width, Medium Texture.
    SM Y&B TS and Condish. Ecostyler with Argan oil gel.
    Daughter: Long frizzy Swavy 2a turned Wavy Curvy 2B - thanks to Devachan, Low Porosity, Medium Texture, High Density
  • sheilacurlsheilacurl Posts: 1,240Registered Users
    ^^^ That's a great (alternative) idea for her!
    Upper Michigan Dews
    3a ~ Fine ~ High Porosity ~ Normal Density

    NoPoo: JC Cleansing Cream
    Rinse Outs: SS:PRT, CJ Repair Me, CJ Argan
    Detangler: KCKT
    Leave-in: CJ Repair me
    Stylers: UFDCM, BRHG
    Refreshers: Batiste (dry shampoo) on the roots & UFDCM everywhere else

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