Do You Like Your Hair When It’s Flat Ironed?

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I don’t!

Ok I cant say I don’t like it entirely, I just don’t like it for longer than a week, after a week I crave texture, curls, a bantu knot, something. I have been wondering for awhile, years actually, why is it that after years of relaxing I do not prefer my straight hair with no real answer other than the fact that I like the idea of thick stretched textured hair rather than, thinner flat hair.

Ok enough about me, I know when Whitney decided to flat iron that head of hair of hers it was going to make headlines. I’ve watched Naptural85 like many of you for God knows how long and she has NEVER used a flat iron on her hair so this is different but watching the video reminded me of how I feel when I finish flat ironing my hair.

When you have very thick hair and a kinky texture you have to decide what it is you would like from your flat iron. You have two choices, you can go for super straight and sleek or you can stick with very stretched with some bulk.

For sleek super straight look

When you have thick natural hair and you want that sleek super straight look, you are going to have to turn up the heat on the iron to levels that might require a bit of bravery and a ton of risk. This means, using heat protectant but even before that deep conditioning with protein for added strength.


Another thing to consider is your ends, a sleek flat iron requires blunt well trimmed ends. As naturals we prefer the search and destroy method or to dust our ends especially when they do not appear damaged, the truth is even if the ends look healthy, if they appear bulky or frazzled you will not get sleek results.

If you want just stretched almost straight hair

Use less heat and bigger sections so that you get a look reminiscence of a blow out but not quite super straight. With that said, you still have to trim your ends but it is not necessary to have an even blunt cut, you can continue to search and destroy or dust your ends.

This way you get the best of both worlds, you get stretched hair and banging textured hair. You are also not excused from using heat protectant and some protein either, less heat does not mean you are exempt from damage.

Check out this historical video below:

Originally posted 2014-05-26 20:00:29.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Comments

  1. Maybell Lena Killion
    Maybell Lena Killion

    I do like my hair when it’s flat ironed BUT only for that 2 weeks. After that it’s back to my curls and protective styles, it keeps my hair safe and the growth retention is amazing!

    1. mojo

      that’s what i did, i don’t like to straighten my natural hair it looks too flat…i like my hair big and full lol

  2. Rana Amaya
    Rana Amaya

    My hair is much more manageable when it’s flat ironed. I am trying to get on board with a natural, twist out style, but natural is actually more work than straighted hair, for me. My hair is very long and thick, and it didn’t feel right not combing it everyday, or being able to run my fingers through it. I have to work up to the big Diana Ross look! Braids I can handle.

  3. Christina Miller
    Christina Miller

    YES. As a matter of fact, today is wash day and I am about to flat iron my transitioning hair in a few hours.

  4. Leenayka Yulaykis Isaac
    Leenayka Yulaykis Isaac

    Yes it feels silky smooth. I’m two months into transition. I’ve decided to go natural again because of relaxers chemicals and bad burns plus thinning of hair…I love both curly and straight hair regardless.

  5. Kimberly Champion
    Kimberly Champion

    i dont. i may not be using a good enough flat iron though. so many brand names these naturalistas toss out on every single youtube video. i give up

  6. BiscuitBunny

    I flat ironed my hair two weeks ago, washed it and now have what I believe is severe heat damage. The hair is practically relaxed, it won’t pop back. I used a straightening serum to blow dry and then flat ironed. I also used a serum for flyaways during the week. I flat ironed at 392- is that too hot for my 4C hair?

    For this reason I am not a fan of flatirons right now. The amazing thing is my Mom advised me to flat iron again for work. Is that wise? She also thinks my moisturiser and castor oil might have trapped the straightening serum in my hair, so it didn’t come out when I washed it. But then my Mum is suspicious of anything that is not a supermarket shampoo, conditioner and Blue Magic.

  7. Chynelle Washington
    Chynelle Washington

    I love when I flat iron my hair. I’ve been natural for almost 3 years now and it’s great to see all my progress and success that I’ve had with my hair. I only flat iron my hair once a month. Sometimes every other month.

  8. Amira Yusef
    Amira Yusef

    no its still damanging to the hair, and its just plain and the hair just hangs there

  9. Tomeka Justice
    Tomeka Justice

    YEP I HAD AND NEED ANOTHER SHOULDER SURGERY MY HAIR IS TOO THICK TO TRY TO COMB WITH MY HURT SHOULDER

  10. Denisha Downey
    Denisha Downey

    Yes. I flat iron once a month and people asked me do I have weave in. My response was a black woman has to have tracks to have thick hair. Wow!

  11. Eboni Taylor
    Eboni Taylor

    Yes, I love the different styles I can do with it. I recently cut my hair super short again and I love being able to have a cut bob and adorable pixie spikes. I love my natural curls, but I can’t do much to it when I want to cut it again.

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