Question #1: I am planning on straightening my hair (blow dry then flat iron). Whats steps should I take?
My Answer: Here’s what I did when I straightened mine earlier this year, without incurring damage.
Step #1 Prepped my hair by washing/ deep conditioning/ keeping it well moisturized.
Step #2 Detangled my hair THOROUGHLY. I actually used my modified Goody brush (half bristle rows removed) then I placed my hair in 4 sections, then abt 16 twists
Step #3 I applied heat protectant to each section & used my blow dryer very gently! No comb attachment. Used Goody flex comb Bought a fine tooth bone comb, but wound up not using it. Just didn’t like the friction & rigidity. Flex Comb didn’t melt.
I used the medium & high setting on the blow dryer. Now some people are against doing this! They fear heat bubbles, but I feared the flat iron more. :o) So I got my hair as blown out straight as possible, taking it easy on my ends though.
Step #4 Then a few days later (I regret waiting) I pulled out my flat iron and used a medium heat setting on each section. I believe I used the 320 degree setting (have to double check) And I only went over my hair ONCE and slowly each section.
Did you apply additional heat protectant prior to using the flat iron??
Yes, I added just a little bit more right before using the flat iron. I was a novice! I do NOT considered myself the heat straightening expert. I’ve yet to do it again since. BUT, all of my extra precautions seemed to pay off. I experienced very minimal breakage & my ends still curl up. (keep in mind my oldest hair is over 4 years old!) So watch as many Youtube videos as u can. See what others have done & choose the BEST method for YOU!