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?
2nd Reason: WE LOVE OUR CURLS
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.
3rd Reason: THERE ARE OTHER SAFER OPTIONS
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.
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?