I'm 1/2 African American and it's really long and tangled and curly and unmanageable.
I try to straighten at 320 and it gets straight but like 30 min. to an hour later it's a frizz ball. I put frizz-ease in it and that helps tame the frizz a little but not enough to make it sleek and shiny and it doesn't make it stay straight longer.
I'm afraid to crank it up to 400 and risk burning my hair. Advice please. I can't be confident with my hair like this and I'm tired of people having negative things to say about it. I would just like to have it sleek and straight every now and then without having to pay a fortune.
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Truth be told, it could just be your iron.
While my hair is really thin, its EXTREMELY curly. I went through the same problem. Turns out it was mainly because I wasn't using a good iron, I bought one from cvs or walmart or something, it was a conair iron.
Not too long ago, I invested in a good iron and not only can I crank it to 420 degrees without being too worried, I can iron it every 5-6 days and not have severe hair damage. And my hair is THIN.
What I do is wash it, put a dime size amount of Redken Smooth Down (heat protectant) and blow dry it with a round brush or paddle brush. The goal is to separate the curls and take out unnecessary moisture. This is key to fighting frizz, trust me, I live in Miami, fl and DC- The capitol of humidity. Blow dry it as straigh as possible, if you look like a puffed poodle, you're probably doing it right lol
Then I spray CHI iron guard 44 on the ends of my hair and on the back of my hair, avoiding any parts that might get oily fast, and kind of work it through.
Then using a good iron, I straighten it in small sections. It should basically glide through.
Good irons that I've tried:
CHI- It works great, gives that pin straight look in a snap! The only issue is there's only one heat setting and causes a little bit more damage than the other ones that I've tried. I would suggest the max use being once a week, with hair breaks lasting 3 days of nurturing (deep conditioners). But they're REALLLLLY good. They cost like 70-90 dollars depending on where you get it. My roommate has one and I use it all the time for events, or when I'm in a hurry. It never fails.
HAI- Doesn't work as well as the chi, or as fast, but it still gives really straight hair. It also does less damage, I feel. Its the only one I own. It works really well and keeps a lot of the volume at the top of my head, wheres the chi does not. I love it for my bangs. Sometimes when I use my roomies chi, I'll use my HAI for my bangs :P I got it on Folica.com for 80 dollars.
GHD- My cousin has it. It is in fact the god of all straighteners. SO quick, SO easy, and it causes the least amount of damage. I just can't afford it. Its like 200 dollars, maybe 160 if you're lucky. BUT ITS SOOOOO GOOOOODDDD.
Again, investing in a hair straighter will save you money and really make you happy. Using a cheap one your hair becomes brittle and you have to constantly buy new ones.