Archives: Year 4, Month 4 – Flat Ironed (originally posted November 2008)

flatOkay…after three years of no heat, I finally allowed my sister to flat iron my hair. I could not believe how long my hair had grown.  It’s amazing what lack of heat does for your hair.  My hair has never, I repeat never been this long before in my life.I debated on whether to include these pictures on this site, because I do not want to encourage anyone to apply a flat iron, pressing comb or curling iron to their hair, unless they are willing to cut off any damage caused by these direct heat methods.  I have been toying with the idea of going back to a TWA, so I was willing to take the risk of heat damage to my hair.  If you are not willing to cut your hair in case of damage…DO NOT USE DIRECT HEAT ON YOUR HAIR!! Why do I say this, just check out this link (I have not been on nappturality in while, and I forgot my log-in info, so I’m not sure if this link still works).

It took hours to get my kinks to flatten.  This process was a huge reminder on why I stopped straightening my hair in the first place.  I absolutely hate flat irons and pressing combs. I allowed my hair to stay like this for a few weeks, because was not willing to go through this again any time soon. I was lucky that my hair was not damaged in the process (although I don’t think my ends liked it much), but I still would not recommend using direct heat on your beautiful natural hair.

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