Texturized hair is usually exposed to harsh chemicals that can make it dry and cause scalp irritation. It sometimes makes the strands weak; therefore, such hair requires a lot of attention while styling or flat ironing.
When it comes to the question of can you flat iron texturized hair, the answer is yes, but it will require practice and a lot of effort. During the first few days of straightening my texturized hair, I made many blunders. My hair came out looking frizzy and all weird.
After a while, I started using Babyliss flat irons and also became used to the process of straightening. It was tough, but it wasn’t impossible. So, if I can learn how to do it in a few days, why can’t you.
What is Texturized Hair
Now, some of you may not know what texturized hair is and how does it differ from textured hair. It is very important to know the difference before you begin to flat iron them.
It is quite normal to get yourself confused with natural and textured hair; after all, the strands of your natural hair are the texture of your hair. Textured hair refers to the shape of your strands. It can either be curly, wavy, kinky, spiraled, curved and etc.
On the other hand, texturized hair is the end result of what you get after using a texturizing chemical on your head. For instance, if you have curly, frizzy, or thick coarse hair, a texturizer will smoothen and relax the overall texture of your hair. It won’t make your curly straight; instead, it will improve the hair texture by loosening the natural curls.
How to Flat Iron Texturized Hair
Straightening texturized hair is no joke. It takes quite a bit of time, and you will need to practice separating the strands to be able to pull off the task. Check out the following steps to flat iron your texturized hair.
So, as always, you will first need to wash your hair. Use a shampoo and afterward a conditioner to soften your hair.
You can either wait for your hair to air dry or use a blower to speed up things. It depends on the amount of time you have. Detangle your hair using a comb; make sure to cover all the sides.
Now comes the tricky part. This is where you separate the strands and different sections of your hair. First, divide your hair in the middle (from the crown to the front and back) using the comb and a hairpin. Then, use a hair clip to lock the front part of your hair.
Divide the back portion sideways into two parts. When you are done with it, lock one side of the hair with a clip. (Making small sections makes it easier to flat iron the hair)
Use a heat protectant to keep your hair and scalp safe.
Heat up the straightener, if possible, a good one. Have a look at my article on Babyliss Flat Irons to get an idea. Take the open portion of your hair and make even smaller sections. Comb one of the sections and use the straightener. Start from the roots and slide all the way to the strands.
Keep repeating the process until the entire portion is straightened. Open the clips to unlock the other sections and continue doing the same.
Some Final Words of Advice
The key to safely straighten texturized hair is to focus on the heat protectant and flat iron. I always make sure to apply the protectant evenly along with my hair and straighten it with absolute concentration.
With that said, I just want you guys to be careful while flat ironing your texturized hair. It is somewhat difficult, but with enough practice, you should be able to do it with ease.