No Heat Solution To Straighten Natural Hair – CWK Straight Plates

Straighten Kinky hair without heat

We love kickstarter because you get a chance to get funding for some really awesome projects or ideas and you can even raise money for a great cause.

Well we found a kickstarter project that was pretty interesting and we can’t wait to hear your opinions on it. The project is the CWK Straightening plates and these bad boys are a genius way of getting your hair straight without a flat iron.

Now on BHI we are always turning our wheels on inventions that might be helpful for your natural hair journey. Personally I would love if they had a portable hair dryer that was battery operated, but I have no idea how that would even work, I just like the idea of walking around with my hair getting dry instead of sitting in one place for four hours with a huge buzzing thing on my head.

We are going to share the kickstarter video in a bit, but the tool is basically a flat clamp that stretches out your hair safely so that you can dry it under a dryer or air dry your hair flat. Afterwards, remove and voila, straight hair!

Check out the details from the website:

The CWK Straight Plates are a patent pending tool that straightens hair without the need for heat. This tool is designed for the curly, wavy and kinky haired girls around the world. Many women have experienced damage to hair by constantly applying heat and harsh chemicals. This tool is what we all have been looking for! It is very user friendly, light weight and functional. This product should be an additional tool in every CWK girl toolbox.


With any invention you wonder what the shortcomings will be and we couldn’t think of anything immediately but we did wish that the video did show what a full head of hair looked like with the tools installed. We would also love to see the before and after on a full head of hair for all hair types. Check out the video below and let us know your thoughts, will you be supporting the project?


Note To Our Readers: The CWK Girls Straight Plates Will Be Issuing Refunds To Investors

Originally posted 2014-05-21 15:00:02.

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Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for . 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 . 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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Helga Walpole

Hmmmhh sounds kinda interesting

Patricia Cotten Robinson

I will stick with my natural hair!

it doesnt change your natural hair

Naturelle Forty-Four

It has to be better than putting a bunch of bands in my hair and taking it out

Jasmine B. Washington

It looks interesting but it looks like I long process. I will stick with silk wraps.

LaCretia Giddens

of course 😉

Mimi NobodyJones Morgan

Hmm, sounds like a good idea.

ShaRonda Mays


Akilah Smith

Hmmm sounds interesting. How long does it last is my question?!

Randi Gary

You know what would be better…if they were flexible (kinda like how you would lay tracks) I have super thick long long hair….this whole process would probably give me carpal tunnel

Chantial Pulliam

Hmmmm looks interesting

Charnice Bradley

Her curls are gorgeous !!!

DeAndria Jones

Interesting yes…… roots are not straight and the process looks to be too long and tedious. At the end of the day it is still heat. Just be smart about flat ironing….


This seems interesting although I wonder, do the plates get hot? if they do then it’s not really a no heat thing – if they don’t get hot and I missed something in the video then my bad. How long would it keep your hair straight? Also, this does seem like a long process, heat has yet to touch my hair since I’ve been natural (year and a half) but when I decide to try it out this wouldn’t appeal to me to be honest because of my previous and next points. A suggestion would be longer plates in addition to wider ones, it would shorten the process and make it more appealing. I’m thinking, imagine you only had a couple of inches out at the bottom of the plate, you’ll have to use a whole plate just for that, which results in more plates for a full head, more time consumed and more money spent. I actually work in PR and marketing so please don’t take offence to this, it’s literally my job to offer these kind of suggestions lol. I could go on so feel free to email me if you want more suggestions =] x

Eboni Hagood

Nope flat iron.all day Jazmine Powell


I love how nobody is addressing the fact that that is absolutely not type 4 hair. Did they think we wouldn’t notice? I can see the damn curls in there. Test it out on a REAL 4c head and then we can talk. Until then I call BS

Alma Ruddock

I would say that is 4a hair actually….


I too, was kind of dubious of the hair type choice she used for a demonstration. It sort of implies that it doesn’t work as well on kinkier hair. Otherwise, I think its pretty smart. Natural hair will dry the way you mold it to dry after all.

Nicole Thompson

Question……flat ironing or blow drying ur hair doesn’t mean u hair is natural?

Victoria Burnett

You would still be considered natural as long as you don’t chemically alter your curl pattern (via relaxer or texturizer). The Natural Hair Nazis wont like it but who cares what they think.


Thanks for Sharing!
This sounds Very Interesting.
But I don’t like how it is MisLeading and it Say:
No-Heat; You are using Heat it just isn’t a Flat Iron or Straighten Comb.

Alma Ruddock

Actually it is no heat. The lady only used the hooded dryer to speed up the drying but she said that you can also air dry if you want to.

Omada 'Abahi' Okpe

It would take me forever to go through all my hair.

Shawnta Todd

Can someone give me some advice on products to use on my hair i have kinky hair I don’t know what to put on it to lay it down flat other than flat ironing it my have is very thick & always puffy help thanks shawnta

Shantoine Antoine

my hair is very thick and coily so i use shea moisture product to soften it especially the shea moisture smoothie and hair butters for styling example cantu coconut cream and i use eco styler for a sleek look-i use raw shea butter mixed with coconut oil for my scalp-hope this helps

Nae Sinqle'lifee Chatman

i need this

Loren Thigpen

Sounds interesting. . But it also sounds like a lot of work. I dunno about this


Looks like the same amount of effort it will take to put rollers in your hair.

Sakina Pecchillo

Nicole Thompson I feel that’s a matter of opinion. I consider my hair natural because I don’t relax it. I get my hair flat ironed here and there and for the most part use store bought products for natural hair. Others feel differently.

Cheryl Calhoun-Miller

I consider my hair natural as it have no chemicals in my hair but I will blow dry and flat iron my hair to style for a straight look

Refinnej Dnartreb


Koree Monroe

It looks time consuming

Carline Mondesir

too much work

Brittni Lee

This is brilliant! Like a straightening roller. I’ll buy into it

Shawnta Todd

Yes its a lot of hard work it is soft now but I can’t lay it down not even for a pony tail

Nicole Thompson

That’s what I say. ….once there is no chemicals ur hair is natural.

Shawnta Todd

Victoria Burnett so I should just put the product on my roots & not my hair ???

Beloved Joy

i am wondering if the plates give the same result if i air dry?

Fathiya Abdulhamid

I so love de idea,n I wish to get one to buy in Accra Ghana.

Abbie Pracket

I want one!


Me too!

Nikki LovepeaceandHairgrease Blair

thats too much with putting plates to stretch the hair out straight..better off blowing drying it out

Neah LaShawn

sounds like a good idea, only they imply that you dont use heat then procceded to heat the hair during the process so yea also thats not 4c hair.. still looks like a better option than flat ironing tho


I’m very interested.

Shayla Y'israel


Ronnie Natasha Renee

It seem as if it would pull your hair out… For me there is nothing better than a roller set/blown out stretch hair.

Marie Quidi

What if u have long long hair

Tee Roberson

Wow it is cute and my hair is just like yours .thank you so I can go on buy it.

Tannel G
Tannel G

Does this work on course afro hair?

April Carter

But she did use heat.

Kimberly Oglesby
Kimberly Oglesby

When you say no heat – that is not true. It appears that in this demo, she is sitting under the dryer.

Joanna Youngjanet

Hmmmm…I don’t know :/

Charles Zeno

Silly the critical is still wide open and it looks like it’s tearing cuticle layers off good luck with that

Abigail Wickham

IMF you have to sit under the dryer there is still some level of heat

Michelle Nicole Charley

You can air dry…. The heat was an option!

Michelle Nicole Charley

It doesn’t get the ends well… Needs fine tuning but it could work… Could not imagine sleeping on them thou, lol

Huvie Joe

Ooooh i would sooo try this!


UGGGhhh! Do you guys read? Like fully read the article and the website before displaying your opinion. The inventor CLEARLY stated that she only used the hair dryer to speed up the process, and that the hair can be straitened air dried. The video is only a short demo. On her website she fully show how your straiten the ends. And the plates come in Large, medium and small for all hair lengths.
*deep sigh* Criticism is alway good, but remember this is someones dream. Don’t crap on it before you know all the facts. Just saying.


This looks like a very good solution for straightening hair without a lot of heat or effort. For those here who are complaining about how much work it would take, you clearly have never set your hair on perm rods or in mini twists! Those take me hours to do, and this looks easier than that.

Additionally, I’m not sure why people are saying they prefer to set their hair with rollers/perm rods… 1) This is essentially a straight roller. (In the same way that getting a relaxer is the straight version of getting a dry jheri curl.) 2) You can’t have a preference if you haven’t tried these yet.

Finally, I’m not at all surprised, but still disappointed by the number of women here who automatically jumped on the “she’s not using a real Type-4 model” bandwagon. The model has hair that has been identified as Type 4, and her hair was clearly more coarse than the model that followed. Type 4 hair CAN have curls just like it can have zig-zags or no pattern at all. Based on charts I have all the textures on my head, including 4abcz, 3c at the nape, a weird patch of 2 near the crown. I still identify as a Type 4 because most of my hair is. Don’t damn this woman’s product because you have already decided it won’t work on your hair.

Anyway, I will support this project on Kickstarter, because it’s a good idea. Do I think this product might help me with versatility? Maybe, maybe not. Regardless, we as members of the natural hair community should be supporting black women who are trying to make being natural easier and more versatile.