The Safe and Easy Way to Straighten Natural Hair
For best results use ceramic flat irons. Though they are a
bit pricey, they will get the job done, with minimal damage to your hair. Irons
with PTFC heater, capable of producing far infrared heat, they are the best
because they warm the hair from the inside out causing less damage to hair.
Some irons have nanotechnology which uses small particles to transfer the heat
quickly, creating shine and eliminating static. Ionic irons reduce frizz by
promoting moisture retention in the hair shaft because of the action of their
negative ions. Steer clear of flat irons that say “coated plates” because they
are just that coated. Also make sure the iron heats up to 350 or 400 degrees.
What To Do Before Straightening
You should make your straightening day a no poo and deep
conditioning day. After washing hair with
Nzuri Herbal Hair Wash Powder, which imparts strength and deeply nourishes hair
roots and conditioning with
Nzuri Revive and Restore Deep Conditioner
, separate hair into sections, saturating with
products such as an anti-frizz, leave in conditioner, and moisture blocks. These will extend the
life of your style. Blow dry each section, or allow hair to air dry. If you choose
to blow dry, one with a comb attachment. This makes thick or kinky hair easier
to blow out. You can also use a large brush. When hair is completely dry,
section off again, apply heat protectant paying attention to the ends, and
began flat ironing thin sections. Run flat iron over the section 1-4 times.
Continue until all sections are straightened. Finish hair with another coat of
moisture block and or natural oil.
Straighten After Care
Before going to sleep at night apply some natural oil to all
of your hair especially the ends, then wrap your hair in a
silk or satin head wrap. You might want to put your hair in
several gentle single twists to help the oil soak in and keep your hair
moisturized. Coconut oil is great for this because it provides moisture. You
can seal the ends with
Nzuri Follicle Food 61 Ancient Secrets Miracle Oil,
which helps nourish the hair and
contains moisture as well.
For straight hair
with a wave
Braid or twist hair into several sections, Apply a tiny
amount of moisturizer to the ends, then add some natural oil. Make sure to
finish the ends with a roller, a piece of pipe cleaner, or a pin curl. This is
actually the best way to maintain this straight style because you are able to
keep your hair nourished with moisture while still having a more silky style.
Maintenance Tips: Your style can last anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks depending on the level of care you provide and how long you can
go without a washing your hair. You shouldn't have to touch it up with any more
heat, that's your choice. Just keep in mind heat is still the ultimate
enemy to natural hair.