7 Things You Should Have To Safely Flat Iron Natural Hair

by West Parsons on September 1, 2013 · 10 comments

in hair care, hair styles

tools needed to flat ironAside from the bantu-knot out, straightening natural hair is probably the most enigmatic process of them all.  There are so many variables that can affect the outcome, hence why videos and blog posts on this subject are googled more than any other. I figured I’d narrow your search and make this a one stop shop! Fact of the matter is, though many of us have chosen to forego the chemicals, we still desire straight, silky hair sometimes. Here products and appliances that have been proven best practice.
FHI runway

FHI Runway Flat Iron ($400)
This flat iron is made of 6 layers of pure ceramic, helping to provide quick and even heating. Unlike other FHI irons, the Runway offers variable temperatures, ranging  from 266°F to 450°F, making this flat iron ideal of textured hair.  Avoid flat irons which only allow ‘low’, ‘med’, and ‘hi’ temperature settings. Here is an inexpensive flat iron option.

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Coconut Oil (16 fl oz, $19.95)
Coconut oil is one of the very few oils which molecules are small enough to enter the cortex of hair to act as a moisturizer.  Moisturizing from the outside in is important for two reasons: (1) silky straight results and (2) even heat distribution, reducing the possibility of heat damage. Consider adding a tablespoon of this oil to your moisturizing deep conditioner of choice.

It is also important to note the different processes in the production of coconut oil matters in its performance, as revealed in this post [+]. Tropical Traditions Gold Label is 100% organic, made using the wet-milling process of fresh coconut meat, yielding a higher quality oil.

FHI blow dryer

FHI Blow Dryer ($82)
This dryer is powered by ionic and Nano Fuzeion technology which allows hair to dry faster with less heat, sealing in moisture and reducing frizz.

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Vented Brush ($5)
Ultimately, the blow drying process is the determining factor in the outcome of your flat ironed hair. The more work you put in during the blow drying process, the straighter, silkier, and more full of body your hair will be once flat ironed. A vented brush allows your hair to be blow dried as straight as possible for easy flat ironing.

Many attempt to skip blow drying with the intentions of exposing their hair to less heat, but  in all reality, more heat will be required in the flat iron process if you attempt to achieve the straight silky results. Often times, hair that has not been blow dried previous to flat ironing will not have as much body had it been flat ironed to begin with.

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Nioxin Thermal Bliss Thermal Protector ($10)
In the blow drying process you want to avoid the use of creams and butters, but still impart moisture and protection. This liquid has 3 characteristic: moisturizer, detangler, and heat protectant. Consider using this spray after freshly washing and allow your hair to air dry and then blow dry. Use of any product once hair has been blow dried will result in weighted down hair void of body. Be sure to use all products before the blow dry process.

vented comb

 

Vented Straightening & Cutting Comb ($7)
During flat ironing, this comb allows hair to remain detangled while the flat iron slides down the section of hair. Being that the flat iron and vented comb will come into close contact, the ceramic nature of the it prevents melting, unlike typical rat-tail combs.

hair therapy wrap

Hair Therapy Wrap ($28)
Deep conditioning with a moisture-rich product for an extended period of time (2+ hours) is an absolute must! There is no substitute. In addition, to increase moisture penetration, heat should also be employed. Because of the time required, the therapy wrap allows you to be mobile and get other things done while you prepare your hair for the blow dry/flat iron process.

ADDITIONAL HELPFUL ARTICLES
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

VIDEO TUTORIALS
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)

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Shelia September 3, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Do you still follow Patchouli85 deep conditioning regimen? If not, how do you deep condition?

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westNDNbeauty September 4, 2013 at 12:53 am

I sure do! I don’t think there is any other way to deep condition. As a matter of fact I think I will add that link as a reference. Thanks!

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Nappy Queen September 4, 2013 at 1:15 am

any tips for someone who is tender headed?

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westNDNbeauty September 4, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Well, there aren’t many adjustments that can be made besides moving slowly, especially in the blow dry process.

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Sarah Rashid February 13, 2014 at 12:20 am

OMG. i WOULD HAVE TOTALLY KILLED MY CURL PATTERN WITHOUT THIS. IM SO GLAD I RESEARCHED THIS!

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Melanie Stevens February 19, 2014 at 4:38 pm

one great flat iron for really curly hair is definitively the karmin g3 =)

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Kay August 14, 2014 at 9:27 am

Hi, I really only want to know if I do damage to my hair using coconut oil while I straighten with straighteners .My hair is mostly natural afro hair as I stopped chemical relaxers 18 months ago

looking forward to your reply

Kay

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West Parsons August 14, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Hi Kay, Coconut oil does not damage your hair. Manipulation and heat tools are your culprits.

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Alex October 9, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Are you advising her to include the coconut oil in the straightening process?? That would encourage damage–putting any oils directly on the hair before straightening would only help to further fry it. Using coconut oil the night before or in a deep conditioner to help soften the hair is different though…Iso long as the hair strands aren’t completely coated or saturated in oil right before a flat iron runs over them. I made that mistake a few years ago in my teenage days–not paying attention and putting something that had a lot of different oils in it on my hair right before straightening (I had run out of serum/heat protectant sprays).

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West Parsons October 11, 2014 at 3:22 am

Hi Alex. The article states that coconut oil should be added to your deep conditioner. Kay did not specify how she intends to use the coconut oil, but I can only assume she read the article and has taken into account what was said about coconut oil. Thanks for commenting!

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