When you spend hours under the dryer with big, uncomfortable hot curlers in your hair, you want to enjoy the end result: large, loopy curls that twist and turn all over your head in a fabulous display. However, if you've just undergone this hair transformation ahead of an appointment for chemical straightening, your excitement may be short-lived. In fact, you may wonder if you can even move ahead with plans to chemically straighten your hair after you've just undergone a hot curler process.
Straightener Over Curls
The beauty of hot curled locks is that they are, in fact, temporary. This means you can still apply the chemical straightening treatment to your hair even though it was just in hot rollers. The chemical straightener will still go to work smoothing and straightening your freshly curled locks, leaving you with a nice, sleek, straight style.
While you can safely straighten your hair following the use of hot curls, you still might want to give your hair a day or two to recover from the exposure to the high heat of the curlers. It isn't a necessity; it's just an extra layer of protection for your hair, since heat can wreak havoc with your locks. The more time you can give your hair to just "be" ahead of the straightening process, the better it will endure the chemical treatment.
Perhaps you're done with the curls you so carefully created on your head and are ready to move on with straightening your hair chemically. Brush down your curls as best as possible, and separate your hair into four sections. Make sure they're combed out and as detangled as possible before applying the chemicals to your hair to begin the straightening process.
Once you've relaxed your hair, you still may want curls from time to time. You might try traditional rollers as an alternative to hot curlers, if just to get away from the heating element. Heat and hair is not a good mix, so the more you can avoid it for styling purposes, the healthier your hair will be. Traditional methods can work just as well as hot curlers without the potential for damage.