The Kinkiest of Kinky Hair Can Be Flat Ironed Silky Straight Too!

by West Parsons on November 8, 2010 · 5 comments

in hair care, straight hair

I received a comment from a reader on a blog post titled My Journey to Perfectly Flat Ironed Hair .

“Your natural hair is shiny & sleek. This may not work for kinky Afro texture hair. Like 4b…”

I thank you for the compliment, but I also wanted to give all the other natural gals with a more cottony hair texture hope that it is possible for you to attain silky straight results when flat ironing. Let me not forget to mention, although the majority of my hair is 4a, the front portion is 4b and the nape is 3c. I do consider myself to have kinky hair.

READ MORE: My Journey to Perfectly Flat Ironed Natural Hair

Below you will find pictures of a friend of mine who has very cotton-like, extremely kinky hair. She has no curl pattern when wet and experiences MAJOR shrinkage. I straightened her hair using Aphogee Green Tea as a heat protectant; this was the very first time her hair had been straightened since going went natural.

READ MORE: Save or Splurge?:  The Flat Iron

The moral of the story is — even if your hair texture is the kinky-est of kink, don’t be discouraged. It just takes patience and practice to achieve the desired results. Look at me! I didn’t have the technique down pat until 2 years after I initially began straightening. Hopefully, if you read this post and my previous post (see link above) about straightening, you should be ahead of the game.

Happy straightening dolls!

Pre-Poo 101: Why You Must Do This Each Wash Day
A Natural’s Recipe for Successfully Flat Ironed Hair
How To| Prevent Heat Damage When Flat Ironing Natural Hair
7 Things Needed to Safely Flat Iron Natural Hair

How To| Straighten Natural Hair
How To| Avoid Heat Damage
How To| Prepare Natural Hair for Silky Straight Results
My Wash Day Regimen (detangle, deep condition, deep co-wash)


A Beautiful You November 8, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I feel the same way as your other reader. The majority of my hair is 4b and I recently tried to flat iron my hair, complete FAIL. Unfortunately, I lack patience so I may try again but not anytime soon. Your friends hair looks good!

Anonymous November 8, 2010 at 3:08 pm

I'm with the reader too. I'm so glad you came back and responded to show us it can happen. Can you tell us what you did with her hair?

Did you use the same methods? Moisture, moisture, moisture b4? Also how many times did you pass the flat iron? What kind of flat iron did you use?


Anonymous November 21, 2010 at 7:01 pm

what step did you take to acheive this wonderful result please reply?

westNDNbeauty November 21, 2010 at 10:32 pm

The steps I took to straighten here hair:

1. She washed with black soap
2. Conditioned with Keratin 2 Minutes
3. Rinsed with ACV
4. Blow dried with Keratin Green Tea Spray
5. Flat ironed & trimmed.
5. Curled with flexirods after running a little silicone based serum over her ends.

Hair Straightening Products January 28, 2011 at 2:45 am

Your friend's hair looks absolutely beautiful! You definitely did a great job in straightening her hair! Keep up the good work! 🙂