For nat­u­rals like myself, who do not mind apply­ing heat to their hair, flat iron­ing can be a real treat. Flat iron­ing not only shows the ‘true length’ of your hair, but it adds some ver­sa­til­i­ty to hair styling. How­ev­er, one of the down­sid­es of flat iron­ing nat­u­ral hair is it can often revert back to kinky/coily pret­ty quick­ly. As a result, many nat­u­rals find that their flat ironed hair only lasts for a very short time. Below are the five tips I used to help keep my type 4 hair straight for SIX weeks:

Go To A Pro­fes­sion­al

One of the most impor­tant things to con­sid­er for your next flat iron­ing ses­sion is see­ing a pro­fes­sion­al hair styl­ist. Of course, the chal­lenge of find­ing one that you can trust to prop­er­ly han­dle your hair will be a bit dif­fi­cult. How­ev­er, the results of your flat-ironed hair will be a lot bet­ter if done pro­fes­sion­al­ly. If you can­not afford to go to a salon or have trou­ble find­ing a styl­ist you trust, then the next best option would be to invest in a good pro­fes­sion­al flat iron (prefer­ably one with heat con­trol set­tings).


Best Time Of Year To Flat Iron

I have had the ‘itch’ to flat iron my hair since ear­ly last year. How­ev­er, I pur­pose­ly wait­ed until the end of the year to straight­en my hair. Why? Because it was win­ter time! Liv­ing in a state where sum­mer, fall, and even spring months can get extreme­ly hot and humid, win­ter time pro­vid­ed the best weath­er for help­ing me to main­tain my straight hair. Win­ter means less sweat­ing and less sweat­ing means slow­er rever­sion.

Sleep­ing With Flat Ironed Hair

Anoth­er impor­tant fac­tor to main­tain­ing straight hair for an extend­ed peri­od of time is how you pro­tect your hair when you sleep. Some peo­ple choose to wrap their straight hair to go to bed. How­ev­er, while my hair was straight, I would put my hair in pin curls or use flexirods to keep my hair smooth and pro­tect­ed. I found that doing this helped to keep my hair ‘straight’, while adding loose waves for a more full look and min­i­miz­ing rever­sion back to its kinky/coily state.


Min­i­mal Pro­duct Use

In its nat­u­ral kinky/coily state, type 4 hair requires lots of mois­ture, but­ters, oils, etc. I find myself apply­ing some kind of heavy but­ter or cream at least once or twice per week when my hair is in its kinky state. How­ev­er, apply­ing the­se heavy but­ters and creams to your straight­ened hair will only weigh it down and decrease the length of time your hair remains straight. Instead of heavy prod­ucts, opt for a light oil such as grape­seed oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil. I applied a dime-sized amount of oil to my hair dai­ly to help pre­vent dry­ness with­out weigh­ing down my hair.


Avoid­ing Humid­i­ty

Humid­i­ty is the main rea­son straight­ened nat­u­ral hair reverts quick­ly. So, while my hair was straight I had to remind myself to keep away from humid­i­ty when­ev­er pos­si­ble. This meant:

- Using a show­er cap when tak­ing show­ers (I usu­al­ly don’t).

- Using an umbrel­la on rainy days (again, I don’t always care if my nat­u­ral hair gets wet in the rain).

- Doing low inten­si­ty work­outs when­ev­er pos­si­ble to min­i­mize sweat­ing. Also, using a sweat­band dur­ing work­outs to keep your edges flat and allow­ing your hair to com­plete­ly dry before remov­ing.

- If you must go swim­ming or to the beach, pin up your hair.


If you real­ly want to get the most out of your flat-ironed hair and extend the length of time it is straight, then the­se tips may help. They helped me keep my hair straight for SIX weeks.


How long does your flat ironed hair usu­al­ly last?

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50 Comments on "5 Tips That Kept My Flat Ironed Type 4 Natural Hair Straight For 6 Weeks"

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Hilary Kelley

Did you go six months with­out wash­ing??

Julia A



thank for your shar­ing, this guide is also good to read, check it ^^


What do flat-ironed nat­u­ral hair ladies in Hot­lanta, Hous­ton, etc do to resist revert­ing dur­ing the sum­mer?


Are there humec­ti­fiers for black hair that help it resist revert­ing dur­ing sum­mer sweaty months, work­outs? I expect my hair to thick­en, lose some of its flowy tex­ture and feel, which is actu­al­ly pre­ferred, but curled ends and total­ly fuzzed out sec­tions kind of stole my joy today in this AZ heat.

Charlotte Brown

Very nice post. I com­plete­ly agree with you that flat-ironed hair will be a lot bet­ter if done pro­fes­sion­al­ly. So I always get my hair done from pro­fes­sion­als by book­ing appoint­ment online with them through Unbooked Appoint­ments. Thanks for shar­ing this infor­ma­tive post.

Keneesha Hodge

Am I slow to assume this is for a per­son who doesn’t wash their hair after straight­en­ing it? Cause even after the ini­tial pro­fes­sion­al straight­en­ing, my hair is dif­fi­cult to blow dry and flat iron myself.

Philly Jawn

eas­ier said than done my head sweats if i think too hard i just did yoga class today and it looked like some­one poured a buck­et of water on me. my advice leave the scarf off it sees to me when i leave mine on it traps the heat


Ter­ri­ble advice! Exer­cise is impor­tant! You’d do low inten­si­ty work­outs to keep hair straight for six weeks? Shouldn’t shed­ding the extra pounds be a pri­or­i­ty right now for OP? #Get­Pri­or­i­tiesInOrder


Work­ing out and exer­cis­ing isn’t sole­ly about los­ing weight. If that’s your pri­or­i­ty then great, but don’t call it ter­ri­ble advice. Your pri­or­i­ties are your pri­or­i­ties, not every­one else’s.


I don’t know why every­one is com­plain­ing in the com­ments, but what­ev­er. Your hair is beau­ti­ful and thank you for the love­ly tips.


Gor­geous hair!!!!!!!! :)


What? She nev­er said she pre­ferred straight hair. This is sim­ply her method to do so and how she gets the most out of it. Read first next time, Hun. Assump­tions get annoy­ing.

Joie Monique

I don’t see a prob­lem with some­one who’s hair is straight for six weeks. She seems to know her hair and what’s best for HER hair. Every­one knows keep­ing your hair nat­u­ral is a job in itself so hav­ing your hair straight for 6 weeks is like tak­ing a break, after all it can be time con­sum­ing. This is no dif­fer­ent than wear­ing braids or weaves as a pro­tec­tive style in my opin­ion.


Dry sham­poo is a thing that exists, sure, but six weeks is overkill.


I can’t believe some­one prefers to have straight (and even smelly and oily) hair rather that a healthy body. I’d rather swet and do all my dai­ly work­outs with my kinky curly hair than stop my work­outs and give up my healthy lifestyle to have a fake straight hair. I can’t see how can some­one flat iron every week/month and claim to have nat­u­ral hair.


Nat­u­ral hair means there are no chem­i­cals applied to per­ma­nent­ly keep the hair straight or curly. Get­ting your hair flat ironed for ver­sa­til­i­ty is still con­sid­ered nat­u­ral.

cynthia amos

how do you keep your hair from not smelling after 6 WEEKS?!


Like she said she’s not apply­ing heavy prod­ucts which has a lot to do with smells caused by build up. 

Although I don’t tend to go longer then 3 weeks with flat ironed straight hair. I like to keep a fresh scalp by slight­ly damp­en­ing a wash tow­el with a lit­tle water and tea tree oil and wipe my scalp as I sec­tion my hair once a week.


When I saw the list of tips, this was the one I couldn’t do. Exer­cis­ing with­out sweat­ing seem point­less to me. I try to make my time in the gym count. I gots ta sweat! Lol


When you hair is straight­ened, the oils that your body nat­u­ral­ly cre­ate can freely trav­el down the length of your hair due to the lack of curls and kinks. This elim­i­nates your hair turn­ing into straw lol. Yes, you should add some type of mois­ture into you hair as well but with those oils now being able to nour­ish you hair, it’s not that hor­ren­dous as far as mois­ture goes.


I have a 2 week max for main­tain­ing blow-outs. My hair gets a greasy film on it soon after that point even though it still looks nice. A high pony­tail and a sweat­band are very help­ful for keep­ing it straight. Also using as lit­tle pro­duct as pos­si­ble.


You can do low impact exer­cise and sweat less.

Stephanie Palmer
I think to each their own. She men­tioned she doesn’t do this often. She seems to know her hair and is not neglect­ful ( its prob­a­bly not devoid of mois­ture when straight ) I under­stand want­i­ng to keep a straight style as long as pos­si­ble. It could be because of the time or mon­ey it takes to make it straight. If I’m doing no heat straight­en­ing… it takes almost a full week for my hair to stretch. You know a good blowout can be expen­sive. I don’t know any place that would charge her less than 40, after tips, she… Read more »



My hair will typ­i­cal­ly stay straight for a mon­th or two if I do the­se things, how­ev­er I live in a very humid area, so some­times just walk­ing out­side is enough to make my hair start act­ing cray cray haha!


The­se tips are real­ly help­ful. My hair was heat trained until I start­ed tran­si­tion­ing 2 years ago to restore my nat­u­ral curls and get rid of my heat dam­aged ends. Since then I’ve had dif­fi­cul­ty main­tain­ing my straight hair as long as I was able to when it was heat trained so I’ll def­i­nite­ly be using the­se tips next time I straight­en it.

Janell Marae

As long as I am not swim­ming or work­ing out I can keep my straight about 4–6 weeks as well.


Righ back to our prob­lem #1
hair over health…
I get it.…she’s just giv­ing a few tips..


Keep­ing your hair straight for six weeks and avoid swim­ming, work­ing out and wash­ing your hair. Why would some­one do this? Why does some­one need to keep their hair straight this bad­ly? I’d rather just get a weave, at least I can wash my hair etc with that I think. I dont want any hair­style that impacts my life that much for that long, a week sure may­be- but for me no, absolute­ly not.

“Keep­ing your hair straight for six weeks and avoid swim­ming, work­ing out and wash­ing your hair. Why would some­one do this? Why does some­one need to keep their hair straight this bad­ly?” I straight­en my hair may­be once or twice a year for a real­ly good trim. If I go to a pro­fes­sion­al and spend $$, then I want to get my money’s worth and have my hair stay straight for as long as pos­si­ble. I don’t think the author is advis­ing peo­ple to avoid swim­ming, work­ing out and wash­ing their hair as a reg­u­lar lifestyle, but it’s just things you can do if you… Read more »

Yes, there’s a big wet ele­phant in the room… ;)

This arti­cle need­ed one more tip…on how to go six weeks with­out want­i­ng to rip your scalp off your head because it itch­es so bad­ly.

I haven’t straight­ened my hair in years. It’s just not my thing…BUT if some­one offered me mon­ey to wear straight hair for six weeks I’d get a weave too.


I couldn’t agree with you more. 

Black wom­en are dying due to their insis­tence on look­ing nice over doing exer­cise to main­tain their health.

I actu­al­ly know a friend who does not exer­cise at all because she loves to keep her nat­u­ral hair in a straight style all the time. And I’m the exact oppo­site. I think the times I do flat iron it, I kept my hair straight for may­be two days tops LOL. I love being in the rain, I love work­ing out and get­ting sweaty, but most impor­tant­ly I love the feel­ing I get when I co-wash my scalp! Try­ing to main­tain straight hair reminds me too much of my perm days, and I always thought the point of me going… Read more »

Absolute­ly. .…


Peo­ple are dying because they won’t wash their hair for a mon­th so dra­mat­ic..


I think it’s the idea that peo­ple will go with­out exer­cis­ing to main­tain a hair­style.


Not con­di­tion­ing your hair for 6 weeks is a bad idea. It’s a great way for the cuti­cle to dry out espe­cial­ly since you can’t add mois­ture with­out ruin­ing the blow out. I’d warn again­st doing this 6 week stretch too often because it will cause break­age and you’ll sac­ri­fice length to remove the dead ends.


I agree! Also, the scalp needs to be cleansed and mois­tur­ized.


I do want to say that her hair is gor­geous!


Lovely…I remem­ber pic­tures of your per­med hair…how thin and life­less it was.…NOW! …love­ly.

crown o' glory

Awe­some tips! I can only keep mine a mon­th before my scalp pro­duces its own oils and weigh my hair down. Once that free and “flowy” look is gone, it’s time to wash mine.


The­se tips make prac­ti­cal sense; my real chal­lenge is I’m a run­ner and while run­ning in the win­ter pro­duces less sweat I still sweat in my hair and once that hap­pens my hair starts to revert. I think the key may be going to a pro­fes­sion­al. But I still remem­ber how I used to press my hair in col­lege and being on the track team and my hair did not revert. Good tips but I will keep search­ing.


corn­rows, 2…or braids?


I was under the impres­sion that those oils only seal/preserve mois­ture, rather than pro­vid­ing it.
I believe straight­en­ing depletes some mois­ture.
How will straight­ened hair receive any mois­ture for the entire 6 week peri­od (esp if avoid­ing humid­i­ty, creamy mois­tur­iz­ers, etc.)?

Dorothy Ricot

It won’t. that is the price of pre­serv­ing straight­ened hair. How­ev­er, if your hair is already healthy then it shouldn’t be a big deal.


I don’t put any mois­ture in my hair when its straight… I guess it depends on your hair once again, my hair does break but its not sig­nif­i­cant enough for me to notice (or care for that mat­ter) lol

Ang B

I had sim­i­lar thoughts. I did­nt see any form of water or mois­ture based any­thing list­ed. After 6wks, my hair would start break­ing

Jaime Baker



My good­ness Tori, your hair is GORGEOUS! It’s amaz­ing that you were able to keep it straight for 6 weeks–but the thought of going that long with­out wash­ing my hair makes my scalp itch. lol But I’m glad it worked for you. You’re my hair inspi­ra­tion!