There are tape hair extensions that are made of natural African or African-American hair. This type of hair, which is also called ethnic hair, is kinky, wavy, or curly. Usually, the number of styles that can be done to African and African-American hair is limited. A lot of times, hair straightening tools or chemical products are needed to style ethnic hair.
The method that should be used to style tape hair extensions made of ethnic hair depends on the type and texture of the hair and the texture and kind of style that you want to achieve. Styling most ethnic hair needs a chemical relaxing product that has regular strength. For very kinky ethnic hair, there is a need to apply direct heat and an extra strong chemical relaxing product.
There are very few methods that can be used to straighten ethnic hair. Proper precaution should be taken when using any of these methods because your hair and skin could be burned if you will not be very careful.
Using a Chemical Relaxer
Chemical relaxers can be used to make tape hair extensions made of ethnic hair straight for a long time. Chemical relaxers can make the fibers of the hair soft and swell. There are two main types of chemical relaxer. These are lye relaxer and no-lye relaxer. While the two types have differences, both contain chemicals that can damage the hair and scalp. Lye relaxers have sodium hydroxide, which is a caustic chemical. No-lye relaxers also contain caustic chemicals, such as potassium hydroxide.
You can buy a chemical relaxer and treat your own hair. However, it would be best to ask a professional to do it for you. You might get a burned scalp and you might experience hair loss if you do not carefully follow the instructions on how to use a chemical relaxer.
Using a Blow Dryer
One way of straightening tape hair extensions without using a chemical relaxer is by using a blow dryer. Blow dryers usually have three heating levels, ranging from low heat to high heat. The higher the heating level is, the straighter the hair becomes. But if the level of heat is too high or the hair is exposed to high heat for a long time, the hair could become too dry and break. The scalp could also become dry.
Using a Pressing Comb
A pressing or straightening comb is a comb that is metal-made. It is used on tape hair extensions that have virgin or never been chemically treated hair. Pressing comb is heated before it is used to press hair. A stove is usually used to heat a straightening comb. However, heating a straightening comb over a stove could result to overheating the comb. An overheated comb could damage the hair and burn skin. A good alternative is using an electric heating pad which is specially manufactured for straightening combs.
Using a Flat Iron
Using a flat iron and using a pressing comb to straighten tape hair extensions made of natural African or African-American hair have similarities. Both involve direct application of heat on the hair. Both devices could also be heated by using a stove or a heating pad. The main difference of a flat iron from a pressing comb is that instead of a metal comb, a flat iron has two metal plates. Also, the source of heat of most flat irons nowadays is electricity. To straighten hair using flat iron, the hair is pressed between the two metal plates.
Flat irons for hair are available in various sizes. Unless your hair is very long, you should get a flat iron whose metal plates have a width that is at least 1 inch but not more than 1 ? inches. If you have very long hair, buy a flat iron with wider plates.
Ethnic hair extensions made of natural hair can be straightened. In making them straight, proper precaution should be exercised. Carefully follow instructions or hire a professional hairstylist if you will use a chemical relaxer. If you will use a blow dryer, pressing comb, or flat iron to straighten your natural hair and tape hair extensions made of ethnic hair, apply a leave-on conditioner or hair protecting serum on your hair first before straightening it. This is to protect your hair from the heat.