I understand there are a lot of Naturals out there who find nothing wrong with straight hair. Hot comb, flat iron….they are friendly tools to some of the fine women in the Natural hair community.
I am not one of them….
Now that I have become a Natural and have done tons of hours of research on my hair, I cannot continue to walk down the damaging path of my relaxed years. To me it’s not just chemicals that damage our hair. To me, flat ironing is just another phrase for searing the hair into a different texture temporarily. Now, flat irons don’t HAVE to cause heat damage but if using too hot of a setting you can cause heat damage on even just one application. Flat ironing too often can make the hair brittle and break. This can lead to hair loss and frayed, fly-away ends.
I do understand the right person using the right flat iron and heat protectant can do a wonderful job. The problem is everybody with a stylist license working in a salon ain’t a professional at it. I have heard tons of hair horror stories that will scare your hair straight! Let’s not even mention that just about every black woman I know has a flat iron somewhere in their house. That means quite a few UNprofessionals are damaging their own hair.
I am an advocate of leaving my hair the way it grows out of my head. I try to use natural hair products and trim about 2 or 3 times a year. I’m no saint. According to several blogs, websites and forums, I should be using protective styles but I don’t. I am an avid wash and goer and have been for over 2 years now. I guess everybody has their opinions on how to keep healthy hair and I am no exception. Even though I don’t advocate flat ironing, I don’t hold it against anyone else who does it and that includes my own daughter. I’ve just found the RIGHT person to do it.
Stay true to what you feel is right Naturals,