proper way to straighten hair

Brandi - posted on 03/11/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I have read all about the different products to use on bi, tri racial hair. very helpful !!! Going to try the pantene thing. My questions is this. I have 3 daughters. the oldest has african american hair texture. My middle daughter hair texture is a little better and the baby (in her words she not a baby bout to be 6) has beautifull loose curls. My problem is they never get to wear their hair down. The 2 lil ones hair is almost to their buttocks. How do I straighten it without using relaxers. I learned with the oldest that relaxers break the hair bad. I have used the "hot" comb (the one you put on the stove) It looks beautifull but within 30mins to an hr it all starts to draw up. Please help me figure this delima out. they have good hair and i am tired of braiding and ponytails.

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Kristina - posted on 03/17/2009

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I have found that by using a good quality smoothing creme (like Kiwi Blow Serum) and a good quality flat iron(Chi) will be all you need. The blow serum smoothes the hair and rids the hair of any frizz. and the flat iron finishes the job.  My daughter has hair in between black and white hair and it straightens beautifully.  I have pictures of my daughters hair straight on my facebook if you want to see them.

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Brittany Paris - posted on 02/17/2014

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Hello everyone im new to this site and have a question . My two year old has African American hair to the fullest and it kinda has a natural dry and nappy look unless I two strain twist it .. She has a dance performance coming up and has to have her hair in a dance bun I really want to straighten it but dont know how . Ive had her hair in a dance bun before but it looks frizzy and not like a pretty ballerina dance bun look pleaseeeee help

Mommyx3princess - posted on 03/14/2009

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Yeah it take way too long to straighten their hair...it usually take me over an hour to do my daughters hair. Sounds like your doing a great job. Keep it up.

Brandi - posted on 03/14/2009

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Nicole I have only straighed their hair twice in their 5 & 6 yr old life. Too much work for it to look pretty for just 30 minutes. I just usually braid it so i don't have to do their hair on a daily basis. Then when i don't braid it I do the pony tail thing with twist. I did "cut" their hair today while I  was washing it. I know you are not supose to "trim" while its wet because you end up with a "cut" lol its a lil past their shoulders now. Use to be like 3 inches from their buttocks when you pulled the curls down. The dramma qween 6 yr old threw a fit when I platted up lil plats all over the head and she saw it was just a lil past her shoulders. OOPSY! It will grow back When I do grease their scalp I use the African Best miricale grow. Thats what made their hair so long besides the old wise tail of washing it only once a week or every two weeks.

Mommyx3princess - posted on 03/14/2009

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My oldest had pretty tight curls...her hair is more if a challenge then the other two. My oldest hair has also changed many textures too. It just now seems to be more managable. I stopped using products that contain mineral oil and petroleum. These product seemed to dry my daughter hair out and make it hair to manage. I started using Carols Daughters products on their hair. Also leaving in conditioner everyday. How often do you flat iron their hair?

Brandi - posted on 03/13/2009

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Nicole ty for the info but looking at that pic of the lil one they got good haair my gurls hair has tight curls not nappy just tight draw up curls. my 6 yr old always tell me when i wash her hair that she wished it would stay like that meaning loose curls while im picking the napps out with conditioner in it. I did go out today and purchased the pantene for their hair texture hope thats a start. ty again

Brandi - posted on 03/13/2009

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Kristel ty well for my oldest she has ruined her hair and you can't tell her anything she is 15. she had long hair but when she hit 13 and wanted to do her own hair you could see it getting shorter and shorter. now its above  her shoulders. for the 2 younger ones I am thinking about taking them to a profeshional and watch what they do and then recreate it "brandi" way at home. ty again. only issue i have is the blow dryer thier hair is dry as it is without help. thier hair drinks greese and hair lotion. lol

Kristel - posted on 03/13/2009

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Brandi, a wet set is when you put rollers in the hair after washing and conditioning, and then dry the hair by sitting under a dryer. But I just talked to my mom, and she says that won't work with hair that isn't relaxed. For the youngest two girls, you could always blow dry with a comb attachment, and then follow up with the hot comb.

Also, I know you don't want to spend money, but especially for your dd with true African-American hair texture, you might want to reconsider. I also had hair down to my bottom as a girl, but my mom also took me to a beauty shop regularly starting at around age 7 or 8, and I think that had a lot to do with the reason why my hair was so healthy.

Finally, if you Google "biracial hair" you will find tons of guides and even videos on You Tube to help you learn how to straighten it and/or make their natural curls look healthy and beautiful.

Mommyx3princess - posted on 03/13/2009

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I have a CHI flat iron and it works wonderful on my daughters hair, I also use the CHI products. I wash their hair before i flat iron it. Then put some moisterizer, CHI products in. Then blow dry it straight. After all of that i flat iron it. Yes this is a long process sometime i do it in two day instead all in one day. Wash on day one, flat iorn on day two. Hope this helps.

Brandi - posted on 03/13/2009

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What exactly is a wet set? I do my girls hair and I have learned by watching my best friend do things to her daughter's hair. (Thats how I learned how to braid) I have 3 girls and refuse to dish out $$ for someone else to do it for me. I even learned how to to trim their hair. The hot comb works but after 30 mins to an hr. it seems to start drawing back up.

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