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    Posted: Jun 19 2007 at 1:36am

I need to stop the braids mania, does anyone press and still has natural helathy hair?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 19 2007 at 9:12am
No one? I am 4b and i hate my braids, i only had one day to take off the old and do new ones and i don't like them.
 
Come on people i need some motivation here, i am actually starting to like my hair, the lenght is hard to style at the moment.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 19 2007 at 4:25pm
i used to get my hair press every two weeks when i was younger, and it was very healthy and thick! i cant see myself doing this now, as i am not a pro and my grandmom was a former beautician! so she knew what she was doing! she didnt use anything special, mane n tail poo and con and dax grease to press with!lol
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 19 2007 at 4:50pm
I'm 4b but transitioning so I can't offer much input.  But seeing as you've only got one response, I'll give what I can.
 
From a few tips I've received (for when I start to deal with my natural hair), it IS possible to have natural healthy hair that is pressed.  Use a good heat protectant, run the flat-iron through your hair quickly, try to airdry instead of blow-drying before you flat-iron, and use the lowest heat possible to get your tresses straight.
 
Here's a fotki of someone with HEALTHY flat-ironed hair.  She's not 4b but it still might be useful to go over her pictures and pressing tips.  (I think she's 4a/3b?) I hope she doesn't mind me putting her fotki out there like that Smile:
 
 
 
Another one with healthy pressed hair.  Look at photos 15 and 16 in particular.  I think she's 4ab?:
 
 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 19 2007 at 6:18pm
i used to press my hair before but now that i'm on a few challenges that wont be happening for a while.  My hair was very healthy.  I have a friend who presses her hair every 2 weeks and its extremely thick and healthy and long as lord knows what!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 19 2007 at 7:48pm
Thanks ladies, i really appreciate your response. Fotki is down i will keep checking the sites.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 20 2007 at 1:02am
I've gotten my hair pressed all of my life. I get it pressed every two weeks and my hair is very healthy. Use a heat protectant, make sure the comb/flat iron is not too hot and most importantly NEVER press dirty or "sweated out" hair. Check out the pressed hair forum for more tips and to view fotkis.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 20 2007 at 9:19am
Thanks sax lady, what do you use for pressing your hair? I have fantasia products and everyone raves about them but they don't work for me.
 
Grease works better for my presses but everyone says grease is bad.
I also have hot tools hot comb and a sedu flat iron, which one would you recomend for 4b hair?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 20 2007 at 1:33pm
I've never heard of Pressing Comb Alopecia.  Not to say this doesn't exist, but I've never seen it happen to anyone. 
 
Anywho, I used to press my hair every three weeks and I still had healthy hair.  Be sure to deep condition regularly and use a good heat protectant.  I press it now once every two months, but I'll probably do it more often once I get to my goal length.
 
Hope this helps!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 21 2007 at 3:57pm
Thanks for the info, justlikeme.  I wasn't really disputing it; I'd just never heard of it.  You learn something new every day.
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