African American women are usually gifted with thick and curly hair. This type of hair is a wonder to behold by its natural self, but it may prove to come with some difficulty, especially in the area of styling since the thickness can make it harder to manage.
Furthermore, many African-American women nowadays also prefer smooth and silky straight locks that looks sleeker and is more flexible for everyday wear, especially in more dressy settings like work or special occasions.
It is then no wonder that black-haired women tend to look to hair straightening tools and products to help them tame their manes. These come in the form of straightening treatments, creams, heated brushes, and the ever popular flat iron.
As with so many other things, hair straightening is best achieved with good preparation. Since you will be subjecting your hair to heat and friction, it is best to nourish and protect it beforehand to avoid hair damage that can leave your hair limp, dry, frizzy, or worse – fried.
Before you begin hair ironing it is a good idea to use a quality thermal heat protectant to help prevent drying and damage.
What To Look For In A Good Quality Straightener for Thick Black Hair
Desired features include:
- Pure ceramic with tourmaline, or titanium plate
- Wider plate (for longer hair) for faster straightening
- Adjustable high temps up to 425-450F
- Infrared heating will allow for a more hydrated silky finish
- Ergonomically friendly for comfort
- Auto off for safety
There are a lot of these on the market these days, online and in beauty stores, and many of them have very similar features with a few defining perks that set one above the rest. Their prices may also vary, so make sure to pick one that is within your desired budget without foregoing the quality of the material.
A quality iron should last you for years and years, giving you years and years worth of smooth, straight and silky hair. It’s worth investing wisely.
Finally, make sure that your flat iron is up to date with the latest technology. This technology may include more negative ions and infrared heat, which are helpful in reducing frizz and providing a sleek sheen.
Start from your hair at the bottom section and work one side at a time. Try not to overcrowd your flat iron and work with small sections at a time.
When doing this, do away with distractions by pinning the rest of your hair up and away from the section you are working on.
Work from your roots to your tips using your straightening iron and a fine toothed comb as a guide and to clear the way for the iron to prevent snags.
Take your time. Rushing to get results will not give you the results you are looking for. For long-lasting, silky straight hair, go at a slow pace.