That is much better than I thought RelaxedTresses. Remember I said it is best to under process than overprocess.. So did you get the ApHogee 2 Step treatment
? THAT is what your hair needs right now along with a super moisture dc.
Plenty of people have hair that is not completely straight and many even manage to make it straight without heat.... like wet wraps and silk wraps... roller sets and then wrapping... take a look at some videos below that I posted in another thread on that.... This also would be very
important for you right now, instead of using heat flat ironing.
1) Do not underestimate the importance of aphogee 2 step treatment now and
2) Look into the other methods of stretching your relaxed locks straight now other than flat ironing. The heat could be the damage you DON'T need to take this over the edge right now with the extra damage from direct heat.
The conditioners above along with one of the styling techniques below now instead of heat of flat ironing as much as possible
This one might be helpful to see how you might get the style you desire without direct heat to the bulk of the hair and the ends of the hair . She only uses heat on her new growth which has no relaxer.
Even though I have a "japanese straightener" my hair is hardly stick straight. It is still like texlaxed. I put coconut oil on my wet hair,brush it stretched into a tight pony tail. Then put the ends in a stretched into a bun to stretch it smooth.[one big bantu knot] Once its completely dry if you let the bun/ponytail, down youve got straight roots and a body wave on the ends without heat!That might be the best/easiest technique for you instead of flat ironing. You could put a tight scarf on and go to sleep like that to let it dry completely overnight (or under a hooded dryer)... Wake up with silky hair using no heat. Just some oil, a bristol brush, a tight scarf, one pony tail and one bantu knot bun...dry over night [you could put the pony tail ends in several large velcro rollers and tie a scarf on to dry faster] If your hair is thick you may require 2 ponytails with rollers on the ends instead of one ponytail. Again, in the morning after it has dried you take your hair out of the one or 2 ponytails and you have straight roots with slightly curled ends... no blow dryer, no flat iron... just 2 ponytails and some rollers on the ends. I maintain by using coconut oil and wrapping around my head every night and covering with a doowrag and silk bonnet....Zero blow dryer, zero flat ironing but it stays silky straight.
This video would show how to AIR DRY ONLY (provided the relaxer permitted)...Look how this girl uses a bristle brush and a tight scarf to stretch her roots... I would also apply coconut oil while it is still wet to make it a bit silkier.
So these videos give 2 options that are GREAT guides as to how to go about a no heat or low heat hair regimen.
This may also help as another no heat option... wet silk wrap with flat iron to new growth only if required.
You have to give up something. If you are going to have relaxed hair and grow it long, you should give up heat styling. The reason most people with relaxed hair have problems growing hair is because using HEAT AND relaxed hair causes zero length retention. Switch to no heat styling and the relaxer is not a deterrent to growing hair.
IF YOU WANT TO DO HEAT STYLING then it would be better to have no relaxer in the hair. But in my opinion that is MUCH more of a pain in the butt than just using heatless styling techniques. I think those who continue to use relaxers AND heat styling will have a really hard time retaining any length.
So if I were you loving the ease of detangling and managing relaxed hair.... I would give up my blow dryer and flat iron. Use the flat iron only on new growth if necessary... Use the brush and scarf technique also for new growth instead of flat iron when possible... I would get a $50 hooded dryer with adjustable temperatures (indirect cool heat) and explore the fun world of no heat styling
Edited by LadyAradia - Mar 31 2013 at 6:26pm