Do you ever straighten your hair?

curlysiscurlysis Posts: 14Registered Users
One of my (fellow curly) female high school students just asked me if I ever straighten my hair. When I said, yes, I used to sometimes, she told me I should straighten it tomorrow.
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  • neonrainbowneonrainbow Posts: 41Registered Users
    That seems kind of mean of her. Then again, maybe she was just curious to see what it looked like.
  • curlysiscurlysis Posts: 14Registered Users
    High school students just love to pick on their teachers!
    Growing out layers in shoulder-length 3a, caucasian, dark brunette with blonde highlights
  • keikokkeikok Banned Posts: 585Banned Users
    curlysis wrote:
    High school students just love to pick on their teachers!

    youre a teacher? lol I thought you were a student. yeah I had a great teacher with long curly hair and she never straightened it or at least I never saw it straight, but I always wondered what it would have looked like straight or how long i wouldve have been
  • blueangel0925blueangel0925 Posts: 76Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I'm glad you brought this up because I've been dying to talk about this for the last three days. On Sunday night, I attended a retirement party for a co-worker, and straightened my hair for the occasion. (I also got rid of my glasses for the night) When I came in, everyone did a double take; all I heard all night from people was 'You look fabulous!', 'Your hair is beautiful!', and 'I am insisting you wear your hair like that tomorrow for work; people have GOT to see it!' The next day was the same deal; I got compliments galore by ALL of my co-workers because of my look. Today I went back to my curls (and my glasses), and a total of one person (the lady at the coffee shop next door to where I work) told me that I looked better with my hair curly; everybody else (while nobody said anything particularly negative) basically said "Oh, your hair's curly again". So to answer the original question of 'What did they mean by that comment?', I'd like to think it's because they're *just curious to see how different you look with straight hair* as opposed to *they hate your curls*. I'm sure your hair is beautiful whether it's curly or straight.
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  • AmandacurlsAmandacurls Posts: 6,252Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I'm glad you brought this up because I've been dying to talk about this for the last three days. On Sunday night, I attended a retirement party for a co-worker, and straightened my hair for the occasion. (I also got rid of my glasses for the night) When I came in, everyone did a double take; all I heard all night from people was 'You look fabulous!', 'Your hair is beautiful!', and 'I am insisting you wear your hair like that tomorrow for work; people have GOT to see it!' The next day was the same deal; I got compliments galore by ALL of my co-workers because of my look. Today I went back to my curls (and my glasses), and a total of one person (the lady at the coffee shop next door to where I work) told me that I looked better with my hair curly; everybody else (while nobody said anything particularly negative) basically said "Oh, your hair's curly again". So to answer the original question of 'What did they mean by that comment?', I'd like to think it's because they're *just curious to see how different you look with straight hair* as opposed to *they hate your curls*. I'm sure your hair is beautiful whether it's curly or straight.

    See what I don't get is why people feel so free and able to say things like "Oh your hair's curly again?". I'd be like yeah, come live with me for a week and watch my hair routine when I straighten it opposed to when it's curly. I just wish people as a whole would develop a lot more tact.
  • meantimemeantime Posts: 8Registered Users
    I'm way too lazy to straighten my hair.
  • AmandacurlsAmandacurls Posts: 6,252Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    meantime wrote:
    I'm way too lazy to straighten my hair.

    DITTO! Mine is so long now, and thick, that it takes me 2 solid hours, pushing into three. I have to use so much heat that it makes me sweat, so my hair starts re-curling. Not worth it in my book!
  • DominicanaHeatDominicanaHeat Posts: 2,729Registered Users
    I haven't straightened my hair in almost 3 years. It's too much work to o on my own and too expensive to go to a salon.
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  • PrettyPorcupinePrettyPorcupine Posts: 258Registered Users
    Well, that's the problem -- people really have zero clue about what it takes to get or keep curly hair straight -- the attitude I get from people is that somehow my choosing to go curly is some kind of wacky defiance, because it's "so easy" to go straight...I am frankly tired of explaining it. Even my bf, who really should know better after all this time, seems to think it's just willful meanness when I wear my hair curly. It's tiresome.
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  • butterflyPrincess777butterflyPrincess777 Posts: 350Registered Users
    meantime wrote:
    I'm way too lazy to straighten my hair.

    DITTO! Mine is so long now, and thick, that it takes me 2 solid hours, pushing into three. I have to use so much heat that it makes me sweat, so my hair starts re-curling. Not worth it in my book!

    just a side note, I find it easier to straighten my hair than to leave it curly...it takes hours to look good when curly and only 15 mins to straighten...
    but back to your dillemma..they are probably just used to seeing your hair curly all the time so it was the change that surprised them not the fact that you had straight hair...
    When I first started wearing my hair curly after years of straightening ppl had the same reaction...they would tell me they liked my hair curly...
    no worries don't take it to heart...
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  • StruttsWifeStruttsWife Posts: 819Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    About 2-3 times a year, maybe. And never during the summer months ... it would only last until I hit the sidewalk in Florida.
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  • FearnotsomuchFearnotsomuch Posts: 368Registered Users
    I just don't get it. I have never had anyone tell me that I should always wear my hair straight, as I do wear it both ways. I get copliments for my hair either way, usually more so when it is curly!
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  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I never get compliments on my curly hair - Ok maybe 2x a year if that (if I dont include everyone on this site)! But when I straighten my hair everyone compliments me. I get told I look younger when it's straight even! I would actually straighten it more if I didnt know the damage it does and if I was not so styling tool inept. In fact I am thinking about finding a salon that will do a blowout for me on Saturday.
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  • EfrizzabethEfrizzabeth Posts: 8,792Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    About 2-3 times a year, maybe. And never during the summer months ... it would only last until I hit the sidewalk in Florida.

    :laughing3:
    The same thing would happen to me in AR, & here in UT at work in the greenhouses.
    
  • ZeldaZelda Posts: 17Registered Users
    I straighten my hair when I have a lab class. It looks all weird and frizzy if I tie it into a ponytail without straightening it.
  • SalsalitSalsalit Posts: 41Registered Users
    I tried getting my hair relaxed once. My hair went from curly frizz to straight frizz, and it was back to curly not long after that. I tried blowdrying it straight, but I had no patience for 40 minutes of styling, so it always looked frizzy anyway. Then I tried just wrapping it up tightly into a ponytail and letting it dry. That kinda worked, but I had to wear the ponytail a lot to prevent frizz in the humidity. Finally, I stopped straightening it, and I got compliments right and left, and I finally love my hair.
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  • PrettyPorcupinePrettyPorcupine Posts: 258Registered Users
    I always wear it curly in the summer, but straight in the fall and winter. Weird, I know, but my curls will not cooperate in the winter and I hate going around with wet hair. In the summer, my curls rock, and it's totally pointless to straighten them -- both things are :blob7:because of our 245% humidity.
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  • tessellationtessellation Posts: 16Registered Users
    So I straightened my hair about a week ago, and got quite a few interesting reactions. I only ever straighten it about once a year...

    Anyway, I live in a dorm, and the general consensus among my dormmates was that it was a pretty/dramatic change (one girl screamed!) but multiple people said they like it curly better.:wink:

    My mistake was going to my tutoring job with it still straight...I got comments ranging from "Is that your real hair? You got a weave didn't you!" to "YAY! You combed your hair! It looks so much better than when it's frizzy!" When I tried to tell that kid that my hair is naturally curly, he replied "You say curly, I say frizzy." That second-grader sure was trying his hardest to crush my ego...
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  • Ephesians2:8Ephesians2:8 Posts: 170Registered Users
    Ohh! I know how you all feel!

    One time I was walking to my class and this kid I know passes by me and says "I like your hair straight, I didn't even recognize you!"

    Uh. Thanks?

    I get way more compliments when I straighten my hair, but I'm learning to love my curls!
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  • JessieC777JessieC777 Posts: 40Registered Users
    I get quite a few compliments both ways....but more so curly I think. I work at a hospital so I have a lot of contact with people. Most of the middle-older aged ladies just swoon over my hair. I get asked if my hair is real all of the time...I guess they think it's a perm, that and the fact that it's really thick. At my past job everyone seemed to like it much more when I straightened my hair and were pretty vocal about it lol I just shrug and laugh. At my current job it seemed like no one hardly noticed:dontknow:
  • msjananimsjanani Posts: 624Registered Users
    I get compliments on my hair straight, but one of my friends said that it's probably just because it's a change. And if I were to add up all the compliments I get on my hair curly, it would by far outweigh anything I get with it straight. I hardly ever straighten anyway, too much work and too damaging.

    I think to have good straight hair isn't so remarkable, but to have good curly hair is a thing people really lust after. Hey, let's see those straighties try and go curly and see how easy it is for them to hold? :wink:
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  • banjocurlbanjocurl Posts: 1,031Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    i never straighten my hair. curly, my hair is interesting and distinctive. straight, it's just blah, not particularly nice straight hair since it has the LOOK of straightened hair. besides, i can't be bothered.
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  • supernovasupernova Posts: 4Registered Users
    Mmh...I never even attempted to straighten it.
    My hair is thick, long and the curls are strong - without a an appropriate hair straightener - no can do. Even my mum (who is a hair stylist) couldn't manage it by just using brushes, products and blow-dryer.
    And I'm not sure if my hair would even look good straight...and there's also that "don't-torture-your-own-hair" aspect ;)
    So, I support the "live and let live" ideology :)
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  • Tracy916Tracy916 Posts: 14Registered Users
    "And if I were to add up all the compliments I get on my hair curly, it would by far outweigh anything I get with it straight. I hardly ever straighten anyway, too much work and too damaging. "


    I agree with you, msjanani. I have straightened my hair once in the past 10 years and really surprised my friends and coworkers. I thought it looked really boring and flat, but some of them LOVED it. It took the stylist over an hour to get it done and I know she regretted asking if I wanted it straightened.
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  • princessangrypeppersprincessangrypeppers Posts: 7Registered Users
    I used to straighten my hair for parties and stuff, but the hair that I have right now has never touched a hot iron.

    I have a wedding coming up that I need to go to, and I wanted to go to a salon to get it styled before going, but my sister said they would HAVE to straighten it. Is that true? Can't they just style it curly? My hair's not THAT unruly.

    And my mom agreed with her. All I want to get is a simple updo. And nobody in my family really knows how to do hair because my mom and my sister both did the Japanese straightening thing so they don't have to deal with curly hair, my other sister has only wavy hair, and my other sister just goes to the salon when she wants her hair done, and has it straightened.

    So, do they really have to straighten it to put it in an updo? I really don't want to damage my hair because it took me forever to grow it down to my waist.
  • newcurlynewcurly Posts: 1,310Registered Users
    So I straightened my hair about a week ago, and got quite a few interesting reactions. I only ever straighten it about once a year...

    Anyway, I live in a dorm, and the general consensus among my dormmates was that it was a pretty/dramatic change (one girl screamed!) but multiple people said they like it curly better.:wink:

    My mistake was going to my tutoring job with it still straight...I got comments ranging from "Is that your real hair? You got a weave didn't you!" to "YAY! You combed your hair! It looks so much better than when it's frizzy!" When I tried to tell that kid that my hair is naturally curly, he replied "You say curly, I say frizzy." That second-grader sure was trying his hardest to crush my ego...

    Hey, at least it was a 2nd grader! I was talking to one of my indirect supervisors at work a few weeks ago and repeated a comment someone had made about my appearance that included referring to my hair as "curly." He responded with, "Well, I wouldn't say curly so much as unkempt? unbrushed?" He tried to play it off like he was kidding but I was :argue:
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  • GeoCurlGeoCurl Posts: 84Registered Users
    I used to straighten my hair for parties and stuff, but the hair that I have right now has never touched a hot iron.

    I have a wedding coming up that I need to go to, and I wanted to go to a salon to get it styled before going, but my sister said they would HAVE to straighten it. Is that true? Can't they just style it curly? My hair's not THAT unruly.

    I tend to agree with your sister and your mom; I bet their inclination will be to straighten it, particularly as they'll see it as change = special = wedding.

    Have you seen Nicole Siri's book? She cut my hair recently, and I flipped through her copy - she had some gorgeous styles with instructions on creating them. Even if your family isn't super hair-talented, I bet you easily figure out something from the directions.
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,060 Administrator
    I have a wedding coming up that I need to go to, and I wanted to go to a salon to get it styled before going, but my sister said they would HAVE to straighten it. Is that true? Can't they just style it curly? My hair's not THAT unruly.

    And my mom agreed with her. All I want to get is a simple updo.
    So, do they really have to straighten it to put it in an updo? I really don't want to damage my hair because it took me forever to grow it down to my waist.

    A salon won't have to straighten it for an updo. I've seen plenty of curly updos that were very beautiful and unique because of the curls.

    Speckla
  • princessangrypeppersprincessangrypeppers Posts: 7Registered Users
    Thanks :D

    I'll check out that book, and see if I'm able to do the hair styles in them. And if I'm so clumsy that I can't, I'll just go to the salon and make it clear to the stylist that I don't want it straightened...
  • squirrelycurlygirlysquirrelycurlygirly Posts: 17Registered Users
    I can't straighten my hair lol! Nothing has ever worked for me, not flat irons (I burned my ear!), not gentle straighteners (darn 75% relative humidity), not "harsh" straighteners (the lye made my hair fall out and you had to comb it evenly through, so by the time my friend got from one side of my head to the other, the first part would be snarled again). Blow outs? I looked like an electricute poodle. I never tried the really pricey stuff like BKT, but seriously $500?!?!

    So i just made my peace with it.

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