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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

    Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

    your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

      Why You Need a Vision

      Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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      How to Create Your Life Vision

      Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

      What Do You Want?

      The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

      It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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      Some tips to guide you:

      • Remember to ask why you want certain things
      • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
      • Give yourself permission to dream.
      • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
      • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

      Some questions to start your exploration:

      • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
      • What would you like to have more of in your life?
      • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
      • What are your secret passions and dreams?
      • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
      • What do you want your relationships to be like?
      • What qualities would you like to develop?
      • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
      • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
      • What would you most like to accomplish?
      • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

      It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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      What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

      Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

      A few prompts to get you started:

      • What will you have accomplished already?
      • How will you feel about yourself?
      • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
      • What does your ideal day look like?
      • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
      • What would you be doing?
      • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
      • How are you dressed?
      • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
      • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
      • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

      It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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      Plan Backwards

      It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

      • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
      • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
      • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
      • What important actions would you have had to take?
      • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
      • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
      • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
      • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
      • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

      Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

      It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

      Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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