3 Reasons Why I’ve Never Straightened My Girls Natural Hair

(Last Updated On: November 6, 2014)


Two months ago, I asked viewers on my Youtube channel, to ask me any question. One of the questions I got asked was why I haven’t straightened my hair or my girls’ natural hair. What an interesting question! To answer the question, here are 3 main reasons why we have never straightened our natural hair.

1st Reason: FEAR

What am I afraid of? I’m afraid of Heat Damage! Over the years of been a blogger and researcher of natural hair care, I’ve seen and read about many naturals who tried to straighten their hair for the first time, only to end up with strands of straight hair that does not revert back after washing it. This single mistake resulted in a major set back in their hair journey because they either had to do a mini chop or transition back to their glorious curls. Now I understand that there are precautionary steps that we can take to avoid this set back, however, I don’t think it’s worth all the hassle. So WHY RISK IT?


Last weekend while washing Lil Sis’s hair, I asked her if she wanted her hair straightened. She answered and said “will my hair still be curly?”. How funny! So as you can see, we are totally in LOVE with our natural curls and so I’m pretty sure that we’ll miss it if we ever decide to straighten it.


Lil Sis on Wash Day


To get the straightened look, we understand that there are other heatless ways we can use to temporarily achieve a stretched style. Our favourite method is the African Threading method. For a tutorial on how to thread your hair, please click this link for a video tutorial. Another method we like to use to stretch our hair is with hair rollers which we use to set our hair and then gently comb the hair out.


Lil Sis in African Threading

Since we’re too scared to damage our beautiful tresses with heat, knowing that there are heatless methods to use such as African threading, we will continue to love our curls and opt for curly hairstyles such as two strand twists, corn rows, flat twists and up-dos.

Have you ever straightened your hair or your daughters hair? What were your experiences like? If you’ve never taken the plunge, could you share some of the reasons why? 




About Sola

Sola is the mother of two natural hair girls, known to all, as “Big Sis” and “Lil Sis”. She is a blogger and advocate for helping parents with caring for their children’s hair and also their own hair. Sola is passionate about helping other people discover what being natural is, hence why her blog and YouTube channel is known as “DiscoveringNatural”. She enjoys spending time with her family and sharing life experiences with her friends, family and YouTube friends on her vlog channel, “DNVlogsLife”. Sola’s natural hair journey started with one year of transitioning. She had already transitioned her older daughter the year prior and was fully equip with doing so herself. The information she gathered during this time was valuable in educating others following the same path to returning to being natural. As of November 2013, Sola has been two years natural, however, the amount of knowledge she has learnt from this journey has been enormous. Her goal is to help others have a successful natural hair journey, and also teach parents how to manage their children’s natural hair.