How To Straighten Nappy Hair

Most men and women prefer straight and silky hair because it is more manageable and looks clean. Nappy or frizzy hair is often seen as unflattering which is why people with nappy hair might want to have their hair permanently straightened or straightened temporarily.

Depending on your hair grade, permanently straightened hair can last several months. Repeat treatment would only be needed when your new hair grows. Temporary straightening on the other hand can last for just a few days or until you wash your hair.

Generally, nappy hair can only be permanently straightened with the use of chemicals like a texturizer, relaxer, or by using a pressing comb or hair flat iron.

To straighten nappy hair temporarily without using chemicals, here are some tips and techniques you can use:

1. Try using shampoos and conditioners specifically formulated for nappy or frizzy hair to make it manageable to style.  Look for recommended products online like Suave Sleek, IC products, and Smooth.

2. Use a flat iron to straighten your hair, at most twice in a month and deep condition your hair at least once a month.

3. Thoroughly wet your hair, apply soft gel and put on a satin cap every night to enhance your hair's health.

4. If you have short hair, wrap your hair in a dubi:

  • Add spritz and a lot of oil on your hair and tightly wrap your head with a bandana, before you go to bed.
  • When you remove the bandana in the morning, do not brush your hair. Add a little more oil and use your hands and palm to flatten out your hair.

5. If you have hair longer than your shoulders, daily add spritz and oil and flatten it out using the palm of your hands.

6. If you use varying techniques to straighten your hair everyday, visit a salon once every two weeks, to prevent hair damage.

7. For a daily straightening routine, you can do the following:

  • Towel-blot shampooed and conditioned hair.
  • Using a wide-toothed comb, divide your hair into four sections working up to the roots from the ends.
  • Leave one section free while you use butterfly clips to hold up the other 3 sections.
  • Spread a hair-straightening serum on your hands and work it through the free hair section starting from the roots to the tips.
  • Using an ionic blow dryer with a comb attachment, blow dry the first free section of your hair from roots to tips until straightened.
  • Do the same for the remaining three sections, unclipping and straightening one hair section at a time.
  • When all sections are straightened, use a wide-toothed comb and blow-dry your hair back to smoothen out the parted sections.

For permanent straightening, it is best to go to a salon for a professional hairstylist to use the right hair solution and chemicals needed to straighten nappy hair. Preferably go to a salon that specializes in black hair. If properly handled, your straightened hair will last straight longer and will not be damaged.


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