Most naturals know the best way to allow hair to dry is through air drying. The fear of putting too much heat on hair would make a woman squirm, especially one who is transition.
Hair burns at a very high heat level; over 400 degrees to be exact. Many in the curly haired community have convinced themselves that high heat is the most effective way to straighten hair.
While effective, it does not mean it’s healthy. Often times, using too much heat should be discouraged.
Not that heat is a bad thing. It’s more in the way it is used.
It is strongly recommended that natural rockers try to get into the habit of doing the following to prevent heat damage:
Additionally, it is quite possible to give your hair a respectable straightening without any heat at all. However, it requires a little manipulation.
African banding is basically stretching pieces of damp hair and wrapping them in bands using cotton thread. Allow the bands to completely dry overnight and you should have much straighter hair.
Other materials that women can use to band their hair includes soft rubber bands (the type that do not easily get tangled in hair) or silky-textured ribbons.
No this is not a miracle pill and you may still need to run a flat iron or hot comb on your hair, but it will drastically cut the amount of time and heat you will use otherwise.
Below is a great tutorial video of the banding process and how it works on curly hair. While do you do not need to follow her steps precisely, you will get the general idea of how to band your hair to make it more straight.