This post will hopefully help those who want to straighten their natural hair! If you missed my post on preparing to straighten your hair, check it out here!
I took out the bands from last night.
I then used a wide-toothed comb to comb my banded hair out. You can see that it looks like I blowdried my hair! Very similar results with NO heat!
I took a section of hair about this size. I sprayed a heat protectant on the section (Silk Elements MegaSilk Heat Protection Spray.) You can find this at Sally's or any local beauty supply store.
I used my wide-toothed comb and fully combed out the section.
Don't be scared of the fine-toothed comb. You'll need it and it's an important part of straightening your hair! Use the fine-toothed comb to gently detangle your hair again from ends to roots. Make sure that you can seamlessly run the comb through from roots to the end.
What I will do next is called the comb-chase method. Take the fine-toothed comb again and place it about two inches from your roots. Take the flatiron and place it behind the comb. Then, run both the comb and the flatiron down the section of hair together. The comb spreads out the individual strands of hair immediately before the flatiron follows, making the flatiron able to straighten individual hairs better. Simply taking a section of hair and running it through the flatiron won't give you the best straightened look, especially if you have coarser strands of hair like I do. Not using the comb may also make it necessary for you to take multiple passes with the flatiron to get a straighter look, making your hair more susceptible to heat damage. Using the comb-chase method, I only need to take one pass with the flatiron.
EEK! This is the longest my hair has ever been!
Stay tuned tomorrow for a post on how to maintain straightened hair!