Are you SURE that a flat iron with a built in comb for natural hair is your best option?
If you think that a flat iron with teeth is the answer to straightening out your thick, 4C natural hair until it’s sleek and straight without heat damage, hold onto your cash unless you specifically need the flat iron version that steams for frail hair, because...
...what I'm about to show you about this type of flat iron comb just may change your mind FOREVER (even though I will vouch for the 1st place winning flat iron)....
... ONLY because of the brand reputation, not the "built-in comb" thingy.
You get good news! Because I'll give you what I feel are some FAR BETTER options that'll give you your most amazingly silky and smooth-looking straightened natural hair.
So dive in!
And hey, if you’re deadset of using a flat iron with built in comb for natural hair, I’ll show you your best options of those types of flat iron combs as well. As a matter of fact, you can jump right to them if you want...
And rest assured, because today...
... you'll get every answer and option you'll need to lead you to the BEST hair straightener for your natural hair type.
And that's fact. Look...
If you’ve been to this natural hair info-hub before, you know about the TONS OF RESEARCH we put into our reviews for the best flat irons for natural hair silk presses.
Honestly, using one of the highest-rated flat irons reviewed in that article, combined with a good clamping flat iron comb are the best answer for silky smooth-to-the-touch, sleek-looking natural hair.
And here’s why…
Some natural-haired honeys have learned this lesson long ago and they are the ones who always get great straightening results and have everyone asking them what their "secret"is...
And the secret is simple:
If you want the smoothest, sleekest, straightest natural hair results...
... you WILL pay now or pay later.
Because to put it plainly - Using high-quality straightening tools makes THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE in getting great results or getting "trash" frizzy regrets.
Cheap flat irons are THE #1 CULPRIT and reason why....
...some naturals just don’t believe that it’s even possible to have truly straightened natural hair.
They are wrong though, they have been been hoodwinked! Bamboozled! Led astray! Run amok!
And even if a flat iron with built in comb for natural hair IS NOT THE ANSWER. I'll show you how you can get truly bone strait hair,
Listen to what happened to Chinwe, the face behind the hair and health blog.
Back in the day, Chinwe thought that it was impossible to flat iron natural hair so that it would get really and truly “bone-straight”...
She thought that because she'd tried sooooo many times and failed.
Thankfully, homegirl soon learned where she had been going wrong the whoooole dang time.
I'll tell you her story about FINALLY straightening natural 4C hair in the next section...
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So this is what happened in Chinwe’s “how to flat iron natural hair” moment of discovery...
A few years back, one of her sisters who is also type-4 natural convinced Chinwe to let her flat iron her kinky, coily natural hair.
Funny thing is:
Chinwe was low-key thinking that she was going prove to her sister that her kinky 4C hair simply refused to get very straight, no matter what.
And guess what...
...Chinwe was proven wrong!
And she truly learned the MAJOR importance of the quality of straightening tool that you're using and how it makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE in whether you get your natural hair bone straight or halfway janky, ready to puff up any minute and get frizzy.
Some naturals have mistakenly figured that "a flat iron doesn't straighten my hair" like women with looser curl patterns.
That's why it's so important that you know what Chinwe learned...
Her type 4 natural sister had a REAL natural hair flat iron. You see...
Her sister had one of the BMW's of flat irons, the GHD Gold Pro hair straightener, while Chinwe had lived a life of rollin' in the hoopties of the flat iron world, riding dirty with the gas tank light on "E", lol...
After letting her sister bless her with an elite flat iron press session, she realized that the "results" she was accustomed to getting from rinky-dink $40–50 hair straightening tools versus the results of natural hair flat irons that were profession-level ( thus, double or even quadruple the price of the cheapies) were like night and day.
Chinwe learned that the ABSOLUTE BEST WAY to straighten her kinky Black hair with a flat iron was to stop wasting her time trying to squeeze juice from a turnip and use the flat irons that are MADE to really work and also last a long time.
And neither of her favorites are a flat iron with built in comb teeth, although you can easily use a flat iron straightening comb with them. Her 2 favorites for how to make natural hair flowy & bone straight are:
Her kinky type 4 natural hair responds and straightens best with GHD’s Gold Professional flat iron by far...
...and MK‑I Halo’s Ceramic (being a close second) and are the most effective flat-ironing tools that get her hair salon straight, flowy and sleekly smooth for weeks.
None of the other straightening irons she had tried did such an impressive and thourough straightening for her kinks, even when she used the so-called “tried and true” flat iron straightening techniques, such as the comb chase method.
After about 45 minutes of flat-ironing with her sister...
...her once kicky-curly natural hair was now “bone straight” and all while straightening with less than 370 degrees Fahrenheit, effectively avoiding heat damage! And ofcourse, she used a top-notch heat protectant.
You can check out the highly-rated Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant (right here) if you need a good & proven flat iron heat protectant product that keeps your flat iron from pulling, burning & breaking your tresses.
Of course, getting and using the best straightening products for Black Hair means paying more for more quality, but better quality means better results for you.
Paying ONCE for smoother, better flat iron plates and technology translates into smoother, straighter results with less heat. She bought her GHD flat iron for somewhat less than $300 and when she straightens she stays in the 300's (Fahrenheit) temperature range for heat.
She noticed that her other low-budget cheap flat irons would require more heat (in the 400s) to get close to the same natural hair straightening results, if at all possible.
The GHD Pro straightening iron for natural 4C hair does not have an adjustable temperature setting, but according to the GHD flat iron website, the Gold Professional iron ranges from 347 to 365 F. Saving your hair from excess heat and giving a top-notch performance in less time and less passes.
Reverting her natural hair after flat ironing was simple and quick.
Chinwe's natural 4C kinks bounced right back after washing her hair for a couple of weeks.
From that day forward, Chinwe became a firm believer in this level of versatility – the ability to go from tight and shrunken kinky coily natural to super straight hair and all the way back again.
If you've had challenges in successfully experiencing this kind of texture change versatility, you can learn from her experience in learning how to flat iron natural hair properly and with gorgeous results.
Chinwe did not use a flat iron with comb teeth attached, she realized the importance of using high quality and that was the answer.
If you STILL feel that you want a flat iron w/comb attached, I'll show you pros & cons...
My mama always said "a hard head makes for a soft behind"...
LOL, so I already know...
...no matter what I say, some hard heads will insist on getting a flat iron with built in comb teeth, so I'm gonna give you ALL the good and bad of using a flat iron with straightening comb attached.
Then you'll have the information to make a smart decision for yourself about a flat iron with built in comb vs an elite flat iron.
The greatest benefit of a flat iron with built in comb for natural hair is that you can divide your natural 4C hair into an even layer as you straighten.
So your typical flat iron with teeth can help each section of hair get an even amount of heat.
And even though you can get the same results from using a clamping flat iron comb...
...the flat iron with teeth can be helpful if you have really kinky curly hair. Although as we talked about earlier, the main reason for a failed straightening session is using an inferior flat iron.
Many times, kinky hair and thick curls don’t like to straighten when your individual hair strands are tangled and locked together.
If you hate to finger comb (sometimes called finger detangling) each section of hair before straightening it, a flat iron with built in comb for natural hair can help eliminate the need to finger combing step, and helps by separating your hair as the flat iron straightener passes down the length of each hair section.
A flat iron with built in comb for natural hair is also good for thick hair. When you have thick natural hair, you often end up with parts of your hair not recieving enough heat, while other parts are getting too much. (This is a bigger problem with low-quality flat irons than with professional models.)
By using a flat iron with teeth, the buit-in comb helps position your hair evenly, so that every part of your sectioned off hair receives the needed heat in order to fully straighten without frizziness.
And you can do all the styles that a flat iron without teeth can do...
A flat iron with built in comb for natural hair has the same overall functionality of other flat irons in it's class range. In other words, You can use a flat iron with built in comb for natural hair to straighten and curl as normal.
The attached flat iron comb just make things go smoother, the same way that a normal flat iron comb or clamp comb would.
Some kinky-haired naturals discover that maneuvering a flat iron with teeth is clunky-feeling, a bit more difficult to maneuver and that the attached flat iron comb slows the whole process.
That’s because your typical flat iron with built in comb for natural hair device can only be used (or passed) in one direction because of the comb position settings, and since you need the comb to start the pass close to your head at the roots.
This makes this natural hair flat iron more difficult to work with, especially when you have to switch from one side of your head to the other. It can also be annoying when you’re doing the back sections.
Although I begrudgingly give you a top 5 list for finding the best flat iron with built in comb for natural hair further down this page, it's almost like the "best of the mediocre flat irons" when we look at ALL the other flat irons you could be using for the best results.
Only ONE of the flat irons on the top 5 list below is made by a TRUE professional salon-level brand. (It's #1 on our list, of course.)
And even the #1 winner for best flat iron with built in comb for natural hair is outperformed by the other flat irons from the SAME BaBylissPRO Brand.
And I believe that's one of the reasons that finding a flat iron with built in comb for natural hair is like finding a needle in a dang haystack.
These companies are not going to produce something so gimmicky in MASS, they make enough for the few folks who'll buy them and that's it.
They know, as Chenwe and I know...
...that the best way to straighten natural Black type 4C hair is by using TRULY professional straightening tools that might cost more, yet, work the way you'd expect them to. You get the results you pay for, whether good or crummy.
It's just that simple.
Either way though, I promised you reviews and a top 5 list of flat irons with teeth combs attached, so let's see what we have!
**mumbling under my breath about hard heads and soft tails**
What is the best flat iron with teeth for 4C hair? You'll find out today...
So let's get to our top 5 list:
Wondering do straightening brushes work on Black natural hair?
Women often confuse flat iron with built in comb with straightening brushes.
If your goal is to straighten for a natural look without having "bone straight" hair, the answer is yes. Straightening brushes certainly do work on Black hair for the purpose intended.
As we explain above, in review #5, which is actually a straightening brush, a straightening brush works very well on natural Black type 4 hair for the purpose removing indents and creases left in your hair after a night's sleep and giving you a natural-looking straightness.
It gives you more of a "maintenance straightening" instead of a silk press super-straightening treatment. Straightening brushes are great for Black girls who love to exercise and who need to touch up their natural hair quickly after the workouts at the gym or running. So, yes, straightening brushes work well on Black hair. Just understand what their purpose is and you won't be disappointed.
So now, let me talk you about:
I think you'll find this interesting because straightening combs are becoming very popular. So keep reading...
I'm about to show you a straightening comb tutorial video titled...
"Testing Out a High-Tech Straightening Comb for Natural Hair...And, I DID NOT EXPECT THESE RESULTS!"
You'll see some good first-hand evidence that, yes, certain straightening combs definitely work very well for natural hair. The straightening comb that gave this beautiful Black woman good results for her natural hair is the TYMO Hair Straightener Comb,
Take a look at the video evidence below...
You see... A straightening comb works on Black natural hair with safe levels of heat that is good for straightening coarse hair faster. And one bonus is that straightening combs are easier to use than most flat irons.
PRO TIP: Before styling with your straightening comb, it's best to comb your curls out with a regular comb or hair brush and use a quality heat protectant product to prevent heat damage.
Oooooh, the old hot comb vs. flat iron debate will never die, will it? Ha!
OK, let's fight then...
So look, some are gonna wanna kill me for this but I don't think that using a hot comb is AUTOMATICALLY bad or going to lead to serious heat damage.
The trick to it is that the person using the hot comb has to be skilled AND your hair has to be able to handle it.
And I'll quickly admit that a high-quality flat iron is safer and faster than a hot comb.
The hot comb will get your hair straighter though. I'm just keepin' it real...
Nothing straightens natural hair better than a silk press with an old school hot pressing comb. But you have to learn to use it properly and it takes longer than a flat iron.
Some professional hair stylists use both the flat iron and hot comb in combination to get the best results for straightening coarse type 4 hair
Many elite hairdressers use the hot comb to get your hair straightened down by the root and then they lightly run their hot comb over the rest of your hair. Afterward, they'll pass over everything with a professional flat iron.
That video dropped some knowledge, right?!? And see...
One of the reasons I'm not a big fan of using the flat iron with built in comb is because you can always use the very effective flat iron chase comb. See...
When you know how to use a flat iron comb like the one our natural hair sister in the video above just showed you, 9-times-out-of-10...
...you can get a better straightening job by simply combining the use of a TRUE flat iron and a good clamp comb than by using a flat iron with teeth attached.
And in the next natural hair straightening tutorial you'll learn how to use a flat iron with a regular comb and the "chase method", take a quick look...
In the above video she gives you some important reminders for flat iron safety as well.
It's Important to know these things BEFORE you try the flat iron comb chase method:
Stick to these precautions whether you're using the flat iron with comb chase method or not. If you avoid damage you won't have to worry about learning how to stop breakage on natural hair.
As mentioned before, I personally am not a fan of the flat iron with built in comb for the reasons I gave you IN DETAIL above. Fact is...
The top 5 flat iron with teeth list you saw above is for those who insist on buying one, I still prefer the pro-grade flat irons WITHOUT the comb attached.
The fact remains that if you get a cheap flat iron you'll get cheap-looking results.
So whether your flat iron has the comb attached or not, grab a top-notch professional iron.
And as a BONUS:
Here's are more keys to flat ironing Black hair perfectly.
The key to a good natural hair straightening is first deep conditioning, then blow drying with a round paddle brush on high heat and low speed, and flat ironing in small sections.
Thanks to carefully placed interview questions to top-notch hairdressers I discovered all the best tips on how you can flat iron Black hair like the professionals do (OR EVEN BETTER).
Here's what you do...
With the right hair tools and the correct technique you'll look so amazingly cute that you'll get tired of hearing so many compliments and explaining "How you did it.." a million times.
That's the price you'll pay for being gorgeous.