When you decided to go natural you probably did so for a few reasons. The main reasons for me were healthy hair, thick hair and style Versatility. Natural hair also gives you a sense of freedom and makes you feel closer to your roots. Wakanda Forever!
Hair health should be your top goal and more important than length. Who wants long, thin hair with split ends? Yuck! The amount of strands of hair you have on your head can also be a sign of good health. Some people have fine strands of hair but they have lots of them; this too is a sign of healthy natural hair.
Being natural also gives you many many style choices. Just because you decided to go natural doesn’t mean that you don’t want to wear your hair straight once in a while. Depending on your hair type you may want to straighten it less in order to keep it healthy and thick. I have 4c natural hair and I learned through trial and error and heat damage that I should not straighten my hair more than three times per year. I also learned not to set the temperature of my flat-iron above 420०. When purchasing a flat-iron always purchase one with a dial with temperature options. Here are my top choices: Bayliss Pro Nano Titanium-Plated Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron and CHI PRO Digital Titanium Infused Ceramic Flat Iron. The 4c hair strand is very curly. It curls on top of itself which causes a lot of Shrinkage. This hair type is normally coarse and kinky with a z curl pattern, but sometimes these strands are fine. For these reasons you have to be very careful when straightening your hair. Now I will give you step by step instructions of how I straighten my natural hair.
11 Steps to Straight Natural Hair
1. Wash Your hair
When deciding to straighten your natural hair it should be very clean. You should use your shampoo of choice, maybe even a clarifying shampoo. I use either GIOVANNI COSMETICS- Eco Chic Smooth As Silk Shampoo or The Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Herbal Hair Tonic & Soy Milk Shampoo. You should not use a cleansing conditioner because it will not get your hair squeaky clean like a shampoo will.
2. Condition Your Hair
The conditioner that you choose should have some slip so you can start to detangle your hair. I use with GIOVANNI- Eco Chic Smooth As Silk Conditioner or The Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Herbal Hair Tonic & Soy Milk Deep Hydration Conditioner .
3. Deep Condition Your hair
When you deep condition your hair you should let it sit for 30 minutes with a GlamCap Thermal Hair Repair Conditioning Cap if you do not want to sit under a hooded dryer. I also sometimes put on a Clear Shower Caps and sit under a hooded dryer for at least 20 minutes. I use The Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Herbal Hair Tonic & Soy Milk Deep Hydration Mask or Strands of Faith deep conditioner. After the 30 minutes has passed detangle your hair, preferably in the shower as you allow the water to rinse the conditioner out.
4. Section Your Hair
5. Blow Dry
You should blow dry your hair one section at a time. You can blow dry using the comb attachment, a paddle brush or the tension method with the JINRI Three Speed Hair Dryer. When one section is dry, twist or braid or pin out of the way.
Now that your hair is dry add a small (pea sized) amount of a shea based moisturizer all over your hair. Now go back over your hair with the blow dryer.
Starting in the back take small sections of each section and flat-iron. You need to comb through each section and go back through with a HYOUJIN 608 Black Carbon Anti-Static Pin tail Comb in front of the flat-iron plates as you glide through your hair. This is called the chasing method. The chasing method helps to get rid of tangles and knots that could be at your ends.
8. Clip Your ends
Once you are done flat ironing go through all of your hair section by section and clip (or dust) your ends. This should be done each time you straighten your hair.
Now go back through your hair in bigger sections and put a few big curls.
The last thing I do when I straighten my hair is I wrap it up ant tie a satin scarf around it. When wrapping your hair you should have two different brushes; a hard bristle paddle brush and a boar bristle brush for shine.
Here is My 3 Step Wrapping Technique
Step 1. Start at the left ear and Brush hair with the Conair Velvet Touch Paddle Hair Brush to the right ear in a clockwise motion
Step 3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until all of your hair is wrapped. Now tie down with a satin scarf and rotate scarf 360० in a clockwise motion!
Now let the scarf sit for at least 15 minutes; or sleep in it overnight! Take off the scarf and comb and style with a wide tooth comb. Now you are ready for your day. Go Slay!