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How to Straighten Afro-Latin Hair

Curly, wavy or smooth?…. That’s the eternal question. And it’s because girls with straight hair want it curly and those with curly hair want it straight, today we’re going to tell you the different options there are to learn how to straighten your hair extensions.

Straightening afro latin hair

In the case of Afro-Latin hair, the Latina woman, mulatto skin, like the Dominican or Colombian, her hair is, in many cases, curly, wavy or curly, in a natural way. This type of hair responds better to moisture, but has few options when it comes to changing looks. Sometimes changing the natural style of Afro-Latin hair requires straightening with either chemicals or straightening tools.

The process to choose depends on the type and texture of the hair in general. Very frizzy hair may need both a very strong chemical straightener and direct heat. For the average mulatto woman, however, it requires a normal chemical smoothener.

Methods for straightening hair are scarce, as all suggested methods can lead to both hair and scalp burns.


Smoothing Comb

Straightening combs are normally used on natural, virgin, untreated hair. Straightening hair with a straightening comb requires the application of direct heat to the hair.

The comb, which is made of metal, is placed on an electric or gas stove. Due to the potential for overheating, it is preferable to use electric heating pads made exclusively for smoothing combs rather than heating them over the stove.

These combs straighten hair without the use of aggressive chemicals, although they also have their disadvantages.

Hair Dryer

It is needed apart from the comb to straighten Afro-Latin hair, a hair dryer. Most of these have low, medium and high heat levels as well as a cooling level. Higher levels of heat result in smoother hair. However, too much heat can cause dry scalp and brittle hair. Apply a heat shield or leave conditioner on hair before applying heat to prevent damage.


Straighteners are similar to straightening combs in that they apply heat directly to the hair. When used, hair is literally placed between two irons, instead of combs. The irons can be electric or manual, requiring direct heat from a stove or heating pad, similar to those of straightening combs. As with other heat methods, it is advisable to use a moisturizing conditioner or heat shield before using the iron.

You should choose a hair straightener whose heating plates are between 1 inch and 1 ½ inches wide. It is true that there are wider irons, but they are only necessary to personate with longer hair.

Chemical Smoother

Chemical smoothers can be purchased with or without bleach. However, any type can be harmful to the hair due to other aggressive chemicals, such as sodium hydroxide.

Sodium hydroxide straighteners, which are considered caustic straighteners, are designed to soften and relax hair fibers. Only touch-ups are needed on newly grown hair. Caustic straighteners, while proven effective, also have side effects, including brittle hair, thinning hair, hair loss, and scalp burns.

Beyond the fact that straightening your own hair is an option, a visit to what many within the Afro-Cuban Latino communities call, “a Dominican store,” may be the best option because Dominican hair salons often specialize in ethnic hair straightening, and hair growth. The result of the [straightening in a Dominican Salon] process is a highly animated hair with super-smooth roots!

Other benefits of Dominicans’ use of natural hair products and the overall consistency of hair treatments, which further benefit hair growth. Several online forums support the Dominican smoothing process.