|In this lesson, you will learn how to straighten hair as a style option,
not a societal obsession. There are many things people do all the
time, that simply shouldn't be done to straightenned or relaxed hair.
Though any forcible changing of hair texture is somewhat harmful, there are things you can do to minimize the damage. Read on.
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Lesson 1: Caring for African Hair Overview
Lesson 2: Beading
Lesson 3: The Art of Parting
Lesson 4: Sane Hair Straightenning
A blow-out is partial texturizing or straightenning by using setting lotion, hair oil, and hot air. If it's done right, it can make the hair alot more manageable without causing nearly as much damage as chemical relaxers. Really, there are only two clicks of pH factor between hair relaxers and depilatory hair remover creams.
There are two methods of blowing out the hair. One is with a comb blowdryer, and the other is using a roller set, but roller setting is tedious, and not a good idea to help African kids love their hair.
The comb blowdryer is the easiest to control. You can choose between loosenning the curl to straightenning. To just loosen the curl, you stop just when the hair is dry. To straighten, you continue blowdrying until it's fairly straight.
After washing the hair, apply a hair oil and setting lotion, or a hair mask, and then separate it into four to six sections. Then blowdry each section by combing gently outwards with the blowdryer to the desired texture.
Again, you will not be able to get perfectly straight hair without causing some damage, so be gentle and don't obsess. Here are some tips to get the best outcome:
|Hot Combs Curling Irons
and Flat Irons
Hot combs and flat irons are easy to use, and you have more control than a blowdryer as far as keeping the tool off the roots of the hair. One thing to remember though, is to keep the heat as low as possible. Try it at the lowest setting first, and only increase if needed.
Just take a small section of hair, and pass the flat iron or hot comb through it. Do not let the tool set on any part of the hair for more than 3 seconds, or you're flirting with damage.
With children's hair, the blow-out is better than hot combing or using a flat iron. Kids' hair is too fragile to take much heat over time, and it may lead to more breakage than is necessary.
Chemical Relaxers and Coloring
Many cosmetologists believe that permanent coloring, relaxing and texturizing hair should not be done at home. I can definitely understand why, since I am a recovering relaxer who is now natural. Chemical relaxers cause alot of damage to the hair that isn't necessary since they invented hair wax and the comb blowdryer.
However, some folks like relaxers for the convenience. I believe that if one is going to do it at all, they should do it right. So despite my dislike of relaxers, I'll show you how to do it well.
The first thing you should know is that no relaxer cream is going to give someone perfectly straight hair. It will usually frizz or curl back up at least a little after it is wet. So put the idea of having European hair out of your mind.
Second, relaxers and texturizers do cause hair loss and chemical burns. They are one of the leading causes of cicatrical alopecia, which is hair loss due to scarring.
So chemical relaxers and texturizers should be viewed as a style option, not a necessity.
I feel like warning, "There is still time to go back."
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