By Akilah of ItsAkilahObviously.com
I like wearing my hair straight everyone once in a while. I straighten it 4 times a year at most, and it really switches up how I have to treat my hair and helps me see how much it’s grown. It’s super simple. You can do it in just 3 easy steps (that might take 3–4 hours):
Step 1: Wash and Condition
After washing your hair, properly moisturizing with whatever you like. I used Shea Moisture Curl and Style Conditioning Milk (a tiny bit because the smell gets overwhelming) and let it dry on my hair. I then detangled and sectioned my hair into 10–12 little buns with hair-ties. This makes blow drying way easier because you can just go from ponytail to ponytail and really make sure the hair is dry.
Step 2: Blow-dry hair.
I use medium heat because I don’t like it when my hair gets crunchy or smells like burning bacon. Do one ponytail at a time, making sure it’s fully dry. Because my hair is so coily, I know it isn’t dry if there’s a particularly kinky piece. Remember, the objective is not to get your hair super straight, but to get it super dry.
Step 3: Flat Iron your hair.
I suggest investing in a really good flat iron if you want to do this on a semi-regular basis. I use the Paul Mitchell flat iron (the one with the green parts) to flatten out the hair. It runs about $125, but I’ve had it for like 5 years, and it is still going strong.
Make sure to apply a heat protecting spray, and only do sections as wide as the flat iron. Don’t get discouraged if you have to blow dry some parts again to make sure they’re dry enough to be flat ironed.
The most important part of maintaining straightened natural hair is moisturizing really well. You will end up with loads of breakage if you don’t moisturize. I suggest braiding straightened hair at night, or at least wrapping tightly with a leave in conditioner!
Ladies, what is your flat ironing technique?