Video: Flat Ironing My Natural Hair

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I've been itching to straighten my hair since early November and this past Friday I finally had some time to do so. Of course, like everyone should, I thoroughly cleansed and conditioned my hair. On wet hair I applied Grapeseed Oil to 6 sections and allowed the hair to partially air dry while in braids. After that I blow dried on low heat until fully dry and then began the flat ironing process. If you own a maxiglide then you know that it comes with 2 plates, one flat and the other has raised teeth that come the hair as you straighten. Since I first I got my Maxi I've always used the combed plate, but decided to give the flat plate a try and see which one works better. With the Maxi heated to level 3 I started flat ironing from the back using the "comb chase" method (LINK). I don't know if it was because of how bulky and heavy the Maxiglide is, but this method was not working for me. It was taking too long and my hair wasn't come out as smooth as a I prefer. So about halfway through the middle I switch to the combed plate and got through my hair in no time.

When it was all done I slightly surprised at the length. I knew my hair had grown, but seeing it all straight was like WOW...shrinkage can really be deceiving lol!

And f.y.i. my hair has never been this length! Some people seem to think that I had really long hair when I was relaxed, but that is not the case at all. My hair would always grow to my collar bone and then start to break off. It has always been thick though. Heck, I used to sew in weaves to get to the length I'm at now lol!

Here are a few pics from the video!



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  1. Love hair! Did you only use grapeseed oil as a heat protectant? If you used something else, what did you use?

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  2. @Anonymous I used the grapeseed oil to protect against the blow dryer and while flat ironing I applied Fantasia Ic hair polisher as a heat protectant.

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  3. While watching your video, I thought, " wow! Her hair is really growing!" it's great that you keep it healthy AND straighten it. I just have to learn how to do mine!!!

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  4. You have beautiful hair....my strands want to be like your when they grow up hehehe...Plus I love the colour!!
    www.thenaturalgirlsguidetobeauty.blogspot.com

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  5. :D me likey! Super pretty! Congrats on the hair growth!

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  6. Hi! Love the blog and the vids (especially of your niecey poo! LOL). I currently have a CHI iron and I believe that it is too hot for my hair. I'm interested in purchasing your flat iron because it has multiple settings. Where can I purchase the flat iron? I see that its on HSN. Is that where you purchased yours? Thank you

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  7. @Xanthia Thank you! My husband actually bought this for me, he got it at www.folica.com

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  8. Yeah Folica.com is a great place. There hair tools, dryers, flat irons have a 2 yr replacement warranty. Very good customer service--quick delivery (UPS) AND sign up they always have discount coupons. I also recommend the Ceramic/Ion Sedu flat irons (1", 1.5", and 2" (I think) SLWC

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  9. Gorgeous, Gorgeous hair... Ur one of my hair idols for sure....

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  10. When you've flat ironed your hair straight, how long does it last? i.e. How many days or weeks does it remain straight? And, secondly, how does it come back to its natural state?

    Looking forward to your response and Thanks in advance.

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  11. @Anonymous I usually can get up to 2 weeks straight, but after a week I start missing my kinks lol! My hair bounces back just fine. I have yet to get any heat damage...Thank GOD! I always make sure to protect my hair before flat ironing....it's a must! Don't let no one tell you it's not necessary

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  12. What are the names of the hair products that you use to get your hair straight? (i.e. Walk me through your hair routine from washing to conditioning to hair preparation for straightening). And can you specify the exact Maxi Glide hair straightener you use.

    And finally,I will be graduating from University this November 2011 and am looking into straightening my natural hair as you have. Would you recommend this style or process for a graduation ceremony? If so, state your reasons.

    I really enjoy your site and applaud you for celebrating natural beauty. Can't wait to "hair" your tips. Have a good one. ^_^

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  13. What are the names of the hair products that you use to get your hair straight? (i.e. Walk me through your hair routine from washing to conditioning to hair preparation for straightening). And can you specify the exact Maxi Glide hair straightener you use.

    And finally,I will be graduating from University this November 2011 and am looking into straightening my natural hair as you have. Would you recommend this style or process for a graduation ceremony? If so, state your reasons.

    I really enjoy your site and applaud you for celebrating natural beauty. Can't wait to "hair" your tips. Have a good one. ^_^

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  14. ur hair is so beautiful... got a slighty sturbon hair 2... pls wat products do u recomend 4 hair protection and hw can i get the hair longer? tnx

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