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Are you a victim of rough ends when straightening natural hair? Wondering how to reduce frizz after straightening natural hair? Or, constantly asking “Why is my hair poofy after I straighten it”?
If so, it may please you to know that you are not the only one who experiences rough ends when straightening your hair, even with the best flat irons for natural hair.
You know the feeling:
You blow dry your hair. You apply your high-quality heat protectant, and you heat your iron to a safe temperature, keeping the thought at the forefront of your mind that you do not want to burn your hair, scalp, or skin.
You run your iron down your hair, and you take a step back to smile at your accomplishment. -Then bam! Like a ton of bricks, you encounter those darn rough ends!
What’s a hot girl to do? NHP has a few tips and tricks for you to consider if you are dealing with rough and frizzy ends preventing you from living your best life.
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One culprit in this scenario may end the desperate need for trimming.
If you know that you are dealing with split ends or it's been a while since you last trimmed those ends, remember to establish a schedule to trim your ends.
Rough and frizzy split ends can be your worst enemy after the flat iron process.
Starting with hair that is healthy and free of damaged split ends will save you a load of frustration.
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Sometimes, split ends are not the problem, and you might find yourself chopping at your ends for no reason and losing hair length to no avail.
Some natural hair mavens recommend adopting the Brush-Chase Method.
YouTube Vlogger Coach Shaunie demonstrates the positive effects using the Brush-Chase Method can have on your ends, providing for a clean pass of your brush from root to tip without bumping into those frizzy rough ends.
The comb-chase method is another option for avoiding frizzy rough ends when straightening natural hair during the flat iron process.
YouTube Vlogger Sdestra demonstrates the use of the Comb-Chase Method.
This approach is also helpful because it helps to keep your hair even separated, allowing for an adequate distribution of the heat.
For those who loathe having to complete repasses with their iron, this method can help reduce the occurrence of this event.
In addition to your heat protectant, use a leave-in conditioner to avoid rough ends when straightening natural hair.
Using a premium Leave-In conditioner helps to protect those ends and minimizes the risk for damage to those ends.
Do not skip the task of thoroughly detangling your hair. Detangling your hair from root to tip is essential for minimizing the opportunity for rough ends to emerge due to half-stepping.
Of course, when detangling, always start with those ends and work your way back towards the root.
Use a blow dryer to prep your hair for the straightening process, also drying your hair down to the tip.
Ultimately, you want to rid yourself as much as humanly possible of frizzy ends.
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Your flat iron selection just might make or break those rough ends. Consider doing a bit of research to select the best flat iron for your hair.
Different hair types can demand different things in flat irons. The three most common types of flat iron plates are ceramic, tourmaline, titanium and nano-titanium hair hot tools.
While each one can deliver exceptional results, you always want to ensure that you select the best iron for your hair texture. For example, if you are suffering from hair damage or have fine hair, a ceramic iron might be the best option.
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Answer is: The reason why your hair is poofy after you straighten it is because your hair is damaged. Lack of damage prevention leads to poofy ugliness. Straightening damage occurs to natural hair when it’s overexposed to heat during the styling process.
Overexposure may be caused by a low-quality flat iron or a lack of high-quality heat-protective products used when straightening the hair.
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In closing, you never want to ignore your rough ends. Doing so can lead to further damage to your hair, including breakage.
So learning how to reduce frizz after straightening natural hair is important and I’m glad you got to see this NHP hair straightening tutorial.
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As you've learned, prevention is key if you truly want to avoid frizzy ends after straightening natural hair.
Always take steps to address those rough ends before continuing to apply heat.
Choose products that help protect your hair from heat damage and try deploying one or more of these six tips and tricks to rid you of those rough ends when straightening natural hair.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Melissa Lee
Melissa Lee is a Contributing Editor to NHP and a former owner of the BlackhairOMG website. She formed 4C Trichology Growth Services, LLC., a US based hair care consultation service. She has also contributed as a writer and consultant for various hair and beauty websites. Melissa can be followed on Twitter here.