Advertising
Advertising

Tips for Straightening Out Black Hair

Tips for Straightening Out Black Hair

There are many different hair types and textures. These types range from 1-4 and extend further from a, b, or c. For example, my hair is of the coarsest type, which is 4b. Most women, just like me, with type 4 hair have difficulty getting our hair straightened or to stay that way. Most times we have to use chemical relaxers and hair styling tools to achieve a straight hair.

It is important to note, that not all hair styling tools work for all types of hair, so you should be wary of the various products and tools you use on your hair. The Flat Iron (also referred to as a hair straightener) is a tool which can be used for styling your hair in a variety of ways including straightening, curling, waves and giving your hair a silky and smooth finish. It is considered as one of the safest hair styling instruments available.

Advertising

    However, you should be careful because most flat irons do not have enough temperature, and according to a review, “If you choose the wrong flat iron, you could end up with damaged hair from uneven heat”. This narrows down the choices for women who intend to straighten their hair to get that sleek and shiny look.

    Advertising

    Regardless of any bumps along the way, there are always great options and methods for straightening your hair. From personal experience and honest hair advice, I have found out that it takes great time and care to make your hair look exactly how you want, so it’s important to invest in just the right hair straightener for the job. Whether your hair is long, wavy, curly, short or you need to straighten your weave, there are several ways that have been tried out by different women for you to consider.

    For me, I usually condition and wash my hair, let it air dry, then use a flat hair to straighten out my tresses. The key to my technique is that I part my hair into small sections before using the flat iron. The result? My hair is sleek and shiny, and I only run the flat iron through my hair once. You can put relaxer on your hair but that won’t actually straighten it out completely. Relaxers soften your hair and loosen the curls, so you should use a flat iron after that to leave your hair completely straight, sleek, and full of a shine. I will guide you through these steps to help you achieve that sleek and shiny look.

    Advertising

    How to Straighten Your Relaxed Hair

    To make your hair look really great and get that cool look you are after, simply follow these steps to take your hair from relaxed to radiant with a great technique and a flat iron.

    1. Deep condition your hair. You can make your own deep hair conditioner or just purchase one from a salon.
    2. Moisturize your hair before relaxing and exposing your hair to excess heat because relaxers can dry out your hair. This protects your hair.
    3. Plug in your flat iron and set it to your desired temperature.
    4. While it heats up, apply a thermal heat hair protectant over your hair and brush it through to make sure all the hair strands are thoroughly protected.
    5. Divide your hair several sections.
    6. Starting from the bottom section, place the flat iron as close to your scalp as possible and start straightening. Go through this process until you completely straighten all the sections you created.
    7. To finish up your look, apply a little serum to your hair then start straightening out again with the flat iron. Make sure you cover every strand of hair.
    8. Enjoy your straight, silky, sleek and smooth hair!

    Although it might be difficult to find, there are several flat irons for black hair out there. Also, with this technique and a flat iron you can get any coarse hair to get that shiny and smooth feel.

    Advertising

    Featured photo credit: Live Beauty Health via livebeautyhealth.com

    More by this author

    Elise Bauer

    Freelance Writer, Lawyer & Blogger

    15 Awesome Things Google Does for You and Want You to Have a Try What to Do When We Don’t Know How to Fix a Marriage Alone Tips for Designing Your Plastic Surgery Website for Optimal Marketing Tips for Fashion Designers and Clothiers on Choosing the Best Zippers Faradarmani: The Practice of Complementary and Alternative Healing

    Trending in Beauty

    118 Things You Need To Know Before You Get Your First Tattoo 23 Home Exercises To Fix Your Rounded Shoulders In One Month 3What Your Poop Says About Your Health 410 Best Online Shopping Sites I Wish I Knew Earlier 512 Quick And Safe Ways To Get Rid Of A Stye

    Read Next

    Advertising
    Advertising

    Last Updated on August 21, 2018

    30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

    30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

    Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in civilised society: it’s a wonderful experience.

    That said, things can get a little bit tricky when we are left to the mercy of Mother Nature. Here are 30 fantastic camping hacks you can use to make your camping experience as wonderful as possible!

     1. Use sage to repel mosquitoes.

    1dca4068e7ecfe1473e91457f8b87402
      photoshelter.com

      Place some sage in your campfire and the smell is sure to ward off any pesky mosquitos.

      2. Liquid soap + cotton balls = no ticks.

      7575e1c4546c5967d33eea08caa13422
        crateandbarrel.com

        If you or one of your fellow campers is having trouble with a tick, place the soap-soaked cotton on the tick for 20 seconds. The tick will eventually stop chewing and will come away with the cotton ball. If the tick was attached for a lengthy amount of time you may want to consider keeping it in a container so that you can test it for Lyme disease later.

        3. Use an acorn cap as a whistle if you get lost.

        86080da1468d1e75640e5f95b39ff558
          smallhomebigstart.com

          It’s remarkably easy to get lost whilst camping. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can transform an acorn into a whistle!

          4. Corn chips for kindling!

          ac73d007cd4eb6990b38fa305b29063b

            Doritos are a great way to start a fire, just be careful!

            Advertising

            5. Use the rest of the chips for nachos.

            c87cd05491ff02c45488dd428379dcb2
              buzzfeed.com

              Nachos are easy to pack, light and simple to make. Plus they’re incredibly tasty.

              6. Use compact, microfibre towels!

              Compact-Towels
                rei.com

                These towels are incredibly easy to store and dry within an hour of use. Buy them here.

                7. Wrap duct-tape around your water bottle for emergencies.

                enhanced-buzz-923-1396984158-34
                  briangreen.net

                  You never know when you might need some.

                  8. Make lamps out of jars and solar disks.

                  enhanced-2748-1397072232-15
                    campwander.com

                    Get all the info you need here.

                    9. Sangria!

                    enhanced-3469-1397075421-1
                      gastfamilyrecipes.blogspot.co.uk

                      We know what’s really important. How to here!

                      10. One water bottle will hold eight eggs.

                      enhanced-11183-1397055503-14
                        cookiecrumbsandsawdust.blogspot

                        By keeping all your eggs in a bottle you save time and hassle. Plus, no need to carry extra bowls or a whisk!

                        Advertising

                        11. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil is a surprisingly good mosquito repellent.

                        enhanced-12773-1397067916-17
                          buzzfeed.com

                          Keep the bugs and the bug repellent smell at bay.

                          12. DIY shower.

                          enhanced-16017-1397075328-5
                            instructables.com

                            All you need is a watering can and a large jug. Here’s the full instructions.

                            13. Keep sandpaper handy to light matches.

                            enhanced-32158-1397313702-1
                              craftaholicsanonymous.net

                              Glueing some sandpaper to the lid of a tupperware box where you can also store matches is a foolproof plan.

                              14. Make s’moreos easily.

                              enhanced-buzz-6363-1396981075-4
                                snackhacks.org

                                15. MarshJell-o shots.

                                enhanced-buzz-6378-1396984362-18
                                  tablespoon.com

                                  Learn how to make these delicious things here!

                                  16. Or dip those marshmallows in Bailey’s. 
                                  enhanced-buzz-10975-1396982782-16

                                    Toast the marshmallow first and then dip it in Bailey’s.

                                    17. Turn a bottle into a spoon.

                                    enhanced-buzz-15463-1396984478-32
                                      buzzfeed.com

                                      It’s that easy!

                                      Advertising

                                      18. Grits repel ants.

                                      1b3c626ef359f2d19775831415b1d129
                                        sleepychef.com

                                        Just sprinkle grits wherever you see ants.

                                        19. Deodorant can be used to combat itchiness.

                                        enhanced-buzz-16165-1396981994-13
                                          wikihow.com

                                          20. Wrap your meat in cabbage to stop it from burning.

                                          enhanced-buzz-17457-1397055776-13
                                            onesweetappetite.com

                                            That’s not an innuendo, it really will! The moistness in the cabbage creates the perfect barrier.

                                            21. Foam noodles will stop any injuries.

                                            enhanced-buzz-17677-1396993405-8
                                              andybaird.com

                                              For any fellow clumsy people, you know how possible it is to smack your head and cause serious injury. Placing a foam noodle on the awning strut narrows down at least one accident waiting to happen.

                                              22. Carry some essentials in a small tin with you at all times.

                                              enhanced-buzz-20957-1397057774-5
                                                fieldandstream.com

                                                You never know what you’ll need and when.

                                                23. Take toothpaste dots instead of a whole tube.

                                                enhanced-buzz-25254-1396991209-17
                                                  ruggedthuglife.com

                                                  Let the drops dry out over 3 days, add a little baking soda and put them in a resealable bag.

                                                  24. Use a stick to secure your tent.

                                                  enhanced-buzz-27474-1396992113-18
                                                    survivormedic.com

                                                    By placing a stick in the main centre line you ensure the pressure is even throughout, which will stop the grommets being pulled out.

                                                    Advertising

                                                    25. Vacuum seal your food before you leave.

                                                    enhanced-buzz-27474-1396992379-28
                                                      livingonalatte.com

                                                      26. Popcorn on the campfire.

                                                      Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 13.42.59.png
                                                        kookyculinary.com

                                                        Popcorn that you can place on the stove at home can also be popped over a campfire. You can also make your own using this tutorial.

                                                        27. You can even make bacon and eggs over it.

                                                        Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 13.43.14.png
                                                          realfamilycamping.blogspot.co.uk

                                                          That’s right! Full instructions here.

                                                          28. Keep your toiletries handy.

                                                          shower-caddy
                                                            myshowerline.com

                                                            Buy this magnificent contraption here.

                                                            29. Compact, unbreakable cups!

                                                            silicone-cups
                                                              reuseit.com

                                                              Get them while you can!

                                                              30. Tic-Tac boxes are great for storing ingredients.

                                                              spices-tic-tac
                                                                seattlesundries.com

                                                                With these 30 camping tips and tricks, you can work DIY magic into nearly every aspect of camping, and make your next camping trip a comfortable, easy blast. Good luck!

                                                                Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

                                                                Read Next