I used to dye my hair black regularly but haven't in a year. This is my hair: link
I don't necessarily want straight hair but if I did get straight hair, it'd be nice. I'm also concerned with having to get it repeatedly done with new growth
is chemical straightening THAT damaging or is there a way to soften the blow? Is it worth it in your opinion? worth it as in time, money and effort(cause you have do touch up new growth)
chemical straightening=relaxers, brazilian blowouts or thermal straightening
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I think hair straightening is a downward spiral... once you start again, you can almost never stop because your curls just don't look, feel, or form like they do when healthy. This makes it hard to ever want to wear it curly, so then you damage more lol. Last year I kept a journal of all the money I spent on hair products to help straighten it, it came out to 500 at the end of the year. Mind you, I only need to blow and iron it. But it was the maintenance that was just so costly.
My curls were not the same afterwards.. dry, brittle, not really curly and by no means straight (aka: hot mess).
Of three options above, I think the thermal straightening would be the better option, but any chemical altering will do major damage if you do it too often. So if you're doing it once every other month it shouldn't be too bad, but if you do it twice or three time a month, I'd advise not doing it at all!
To be honest, I think straightening hair has only ever worked to lower my self esteem and health :/ I've been wearing it curly more often and I'm feeling tons better about everything AND my hair is growing again :) and I'm saving money :p I don't think its worth the trouble much anymore.1