My NEW Gentler Method for Straightening Natural Hair

I’ve cut out the Blow-drying step. Now I put my detangled hair in 10-12 tight braids, band the roots using those fuzzy elastics we used to wear as little girls, allow to air-dry, once dry, tiny section by tiny section I flat iron employing the comb chase method.

I feel this is less drying, you’re exposing your hair to less heat and it gets just as straight. I’m really happy with this newer gentler approach and it will be my default method of straightening from here on in.

Oh, and it eliminated the “burnt pressed hair” smell altogether!! That was GREAT!

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  1. Blahh

    Does this work on all hair types?
    Can you get your roots fine?
    What flat iron do you use?
    What kind of braiding did you do?
    Does it straighten your ends well?

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    Mona-Lisa

    Yes this definitely works on all hair types I’m a 4a/b tiiiiiiiightly coily/coarse and this method works great for me.

    I can definitely get to my roots with no issues.

    With this method my roots are a non-issue

    I use my 100% ceramic 1″ Amika Flat Iron

    I put my detangled hair in 10-12 tight braids (regular plaits), then I band the roots so my roots can dry stretched. I put very little product in my hair at this point….and I allow to airdry. Once dry, I take small sections and proceed to flat-iron employing the comb-chase method. My ends come out silky straight with this technique.

    Another way to do this is with curl-formers. You can put them in, air-dry, then proceed to flat-iron. Its all about air-drying prior as opposed to blow-drying with heat.

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    Mona-Lisa

    No the first pic is my hair almost fully shrunken. I will make a point of taking more pix of how I stretch my hair out in plaits 🙂

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    Mona-Lisa

    I’ve never really measured it but it takes me a good while, if I were to guess I’d say 3 hours. Next time I straighten I’ll be sure to keep an exact time 😉

  6. virtuenow

    HI bmp, I have a problem with getting weight and swing out of my hair when I straigten it. Do you have any tiips. I’ve heard u say before that you have that “swing” and I can definitely see you have weight to your hair too. My hair 4b & thick w/thick strands, but when I flat iron, it looks and feels like feathers. I tried using product; I have tried little to no product– + I have a CHI and use comb-chase method (1pass). How many passes do you do w/the flat iron? Do u press the plates tightly together? How tight. How fast/slow do you glide the flat iron. Does the comb pull your hair out like mine? Any other tips to get the nice look like your results???!!

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    Mona-Lisa

    virtuenow: HI bmp, I have a problem with getting weight and swing out of my hair when I straigten it. Do you have any tiips. I’ve heard u say before that you have that “swing” and I can definitely see you have weight to your hair too. My hair 4b & thick w/thick strands, but when I flat iron, it looks and feels like feathers. I tried using product; I have tried little to no product- + I have a CHI and use comb-chase method (1pass).

    Hey virtue! What do you do prior to the flat ironing step? I either blowdry with the comb attachment or I airdry while stretching my hair. Blowdrying prior will get you the straightest results….as well as air-drying in curlformers.

    How many passes do you do w/the flat iron?

    mmmm about 2… 3 max. When I get curlformers I’ll be able to bring that figure down to one 🙂

    Do u press the plates tightly together? How tight.

    I press the plates very tightly together but if I feel any level of tangles/resistance then I stop and very gently work the tangles out of my hair.

    How fast/slow do you glide the flat iron.

    I do it at medium to slow speed

    Does the comb pull your hair out like mine?

    It really shouldn’t pull out your hair, shed hair should fall away but it shouldn’t pull out your hair, if you notice this is happening then I would suggest an entirely different strategy.

    Any other tips to get the nice look like your results???!!

    Thank you love, I would say make sure your hair is as straight as possible prior to the flat ironing step (its up to you if you want to do this with heat *ie. blowdrying* or not) take super tiny sections, add a teeny tiny amount of serum, detangle and flat iron holding the plates tightly employing the comb chase method. I don’t know if you’re in the NYC area, but if you’d like to come over for a nice press at a reasonable price I could hook that up.

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    Blahh:
    Are bantu knots just as effective as an alternative to the drying step ?

    I definitely think so, just dont do them too big and make sure they’re tight. Do like 15 + to get maximum stretching benefits. I think when I get my curlformers, it will be one of the best, heat free ways to stretch my coils almost completely straight prior to straightening as well. We’ll see!

  8. virtuenow

    I wish I was in the NY area so u could give me the good press I need! I dont want to let anyone around here touch it b/c I have the type of hair that beauticians “abuse”, I mean they don’t know how to handle this thick kinky stuff w/o “Force”! So I’ve refused to let anyone touch it.

    I do blowdry before the flat iron step. I use the tension method which gets me even straighter than the using a comb attachment. The comb chase definitely pulls my hair out. No matter how much I pre-comb thru each section w/the fine tooth carbon comb, it still manages to snag on some hair and pull it clean out. Not sure how to get straight hair- or if its possible; b/c I will probably give up the comb-chase (except at the very ends of hair maybe). What different strategy do u suggest?

    Also, I don’t like using little -to no product b/c my hair is naturally dry and cannot be stretched out or have a smooth glide thru unless it has a good amout of product on it. In other words, it needs outside sources of moisture to survive. Im the very tightly coiled, dry (i.e. no waves & shine when u lay hair down) 4b type.

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    Mona-Lisa

    Maybe you can try air-drying with some moisturizing liquid leave-ins along with a small amount of setting lotion like a mix of ic aloe leave-in for damaged hair. You may also want to consider a maxiglide…not a necessity, just a suggestion….that could help things go more smoothly once you get the hang of it. You’ll figure it out love, dont worry, just have patience and listen to your hair 😉

  10. charlyn

    hey honey.
    i just wanted to let you know that you TOTALLY rock my socks. i haven’t straightened my hair yet (natural for a year now) and my maxi-glide is still staring at me. someday i’ll evolve from the wash ‘n go to an actual style. and when i do, i’ll be sure to share pics!

    this blog is really great. thanx for opening up such an intimate part of your life to teach others. ur an inspiration, and i’m sure you don’t get tired of hearing that 😉 lol

    loves it!!

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  12. Shay17

    Hey Mona-Lisa, I have been natural for about 2 yrs now. I’m still learning about the whole natural hairstyle thing. This is my first time on your blog and I’m learning so much!! Thanks for sharing your experiences and given advice to the inexperience person like me. Just a few questions, How often do you flat iron your hair? How often do you wash your hair? Do you use any anti-frizz and/or heat protectors? Also are you taking on anymore clients? I would love to have you do my hair! lol

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    Mona-Lisa

    Hey Mona-Lisa, I have been natural for about 2 yrs now. I’m still learning about the whole natural hairstyle thing. This is my first time on your blog and I’m learning so much!! Thanks for sharing your experiences and given advice to the inexperience person like me.

    My pleasure, I’m here to help! 😉

    Just a few questions, How often do you flat iron your hair?

    Hmmmm I kinda do it when I feel like it lol I do it pretty regularly , theres no specific timetable on it.

    How often do you wash your hair?

    About every 1-2 weeks

    Do you use any anti-frizz and/or heat protectors?

    Yes, I use IC Fantasia Heat Protectant Serum in the pink spray and serum bottles.

    Also are you taking on anymore clients? I would love to have you do my hair! lol

    I can definitely fit you in for an appointment 🙂

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