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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  1. Randi Gary
    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

  2. DeAndria Jones
    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….

  3. Rhianna

    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

  4. Marquessa

    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

      1. Beatrix

        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.

    1. Victoria Burnett
      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.

  5. A'Kiyia

    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.

    1. 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.

  6. Shawnta Todd
    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

    1. Shantoine Antoine
      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

    1. Beatrix

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

  7. Sakina Pecchillo
    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.

  8. Cheryl Calhoun-Miller
    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

  9. Shawnta Todd
    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

  10. Neah LaShawn
    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

  11. Tannel G

    Does this work on course afro hair?

  12. Kimberly Oglesby

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

  13. Charles Zeno
    Charles Zeno

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

  14. Tashani

    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.

  15. Sarah

    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.

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