I have so many of you coming in and sitting in my chair and all of you have the same kind of hair. You have layers that were never cut in. You do not like to get your hair cut on a regular bases and you have a very strong curl pattern. So your hair is dry, damaged, and with so many split ends. Every time I ask about your hair care routine it is always the same. You use a flat iron every day set at 400+ degrees. PLEASE STOP! That is WAY TOO HOT, please do not set your flat iron for anything hotter than 250 Degrees. Make one or two passes over your hair, and try not to do it every single day. Also it is VERY IMPORTANT to use a heat protection spray, make sure that you have applied it to all of your hair, the hair that grows out of the top of your head and the very ends of all your hair are the areas that need the most protection. Use a good product, the stuff from the local drug store is not good enough. Also you do not need to put a lot of heat on the ends they are delicate enough.
When you have super curly hair (before you flat iron) you need to make sure that it is healthy. Curly hair drys out the fastest and usually is the texture of hair that gets straightened the most. (That is a bit obvious, I know.) Maintaining healthy curly hair really depends on how much moisture your hair is getting. Repairing creams and masks are my favorite go-tos to give my hair the moisture it needs. Also give your hair some curly days, all of that tension and heat is zapping out the elasticity and making your hair dull and limp.
Get a hair cut, I know you are growing your hair out, but find a stylist (like me) who will just dust your ends. That means they will just cut off the split ends. This will keep those split ends from splitting all the way up the hair shaft. It will also help manage the ends that are too dry and brittle from the the heat styling. This will help your hair grow faster, healthier, and longer.
If you really want straight no fuss hair, then come see me, I have a few straightening procedures that we can do that will not only straighten your hair but also add much needed protein to help keep it healthy and beautiful. The come in both simi-permanent and permanent types. We can go over that more in a consultation.