April 25, 2016


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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Many of us want those laid tresses. Yes, we may love our coils, curls and kinks, but a sexy, sleek straight look is still coveted and can look amazing! While, many steer clear due to fear of heat damage, others try and find newer ways to get that sexy look without damaging the hair. Well, the newest thing out here that is getting much love is Thermal Relaxing.

Thermal Relaxing is a process that merges the effectiveness of a pressing a comb and a flat iron together. While the title is misleading, there is no real chemical processing going on, but it gives the straightness and shine of a press and a flat iron. Also, it looks like you relaxed your hair with no chemicals involved. The Feather Flat was invented by a black man named Milstan Nash. It is the thinnest flat iron available.

Greatest Straightening Technique
YES IT IS. Makes your hair slayed for the Gods. It doesn’t matter if your hair is coarse or thin it gives it a nice polished looked. It’s a very quick and easy technique to do, especially if you have multiple textures. In addition, it won’t leave your hair prone to humidity. The heat is contained within the iron so that when it’s pressed close to your scalp, you don’t feel the heat unlike a regular flat iron.

Glorified Heat Damage
It does what many call heat training since it lasts much longer than a regular flat ironing session. That is, just glorified heat damage as the application of water, humidity or sweat should revert the hair. The stylists who create this style claim it can withstand even 2 or 3 sessions of working out without reverting, which to me is alarming. Also, if you continuously apply the heat to your hair you can create heat damage and we should not be using heat too often because of that reason.

Here is the video below giving some history about the creation of the flat iron as well as the technique.

I have not personally tried it, nor have I seen anyone who has to give me a first-hand account of what this does to one's natural hair. Despite that, I am sure we will be seeing more of this style. Remember, heat damage is irreversible and should be avoided at all costs by using the lowest setting of heat possible, using a heat protectant and not using heat regularly.

Are you willing to try the Thermal Relaxing technique or have you already tried it? Share below!

1 Weigh in!:

Anonymous said...

The Thermal look is nice, but the process freaks me out. Too much heat will destroy any hair type, so I will not be using the idea.

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