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Straightening for thick curly hair
Submitted by Candy
I have very thick, coarse curly hair and it's taken me years to get a straightening system down. Here's what I came up with.
First, I wash my hair thoroughly to get all products out. Then I condition with a cheap conditioner, then repeat shampoo and condition-this time with the more expensive products. I prefer to use pantene pro-v shampoo and tresemme conditioner, heavy on the conditioner. Sometimes I will condition and rinse 3 or 4 times to get my hair as soft as possible. Then I gently pat my hair dry with a towel, brush out the tangles using a de-tangler solution (conditioner mixed with water) and twist the hair into a hairclip.
Doing that keeps the hair from poofing while air drying. Once all of my hair is completely dry, I take small sections, about an inch at a time, and go over and over with a hot (very hot) flat iron. Make sure your hair is completely dry or it will fry bigtime! Sometimes I add a little conditioner to each section of hair after the flat iron to smooth out frizzies, but not enough to wet it.
Wetting it only makes it curl again. Just enough to smooth it over. Do that to your whole head, the flat iron of one inch at a time, then a small tiny amount of conditioner for smoothing-you can always touch up later. Once you have your straight, smooth silky hair, I find that styling with hot rollers give beautiful body and slight, large soft curls back into the hair.
For me, my hair is thick and shoulder length and this process takes about 2 1/2-3 hours to complete. As a note, gold-plated flat irons are the best and ethnic conditioners and styling products are supreme if you can get them. American products are water based so they tend to curl your hair easily. Ethnic products work very well against the effects of water to give you a longer lasting style.