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cami88
01-09-2011, 05:24 AM
Hi, I''m new to the community and I just wanted to get some clarification on something. I see that the forum has a strict policy on not discussing any straightening. I was just wondering, what specifically about straightening is frowned upon?
Is it the heat that is used to achieve the desired style, or is it the fact that straightening alters hair texture (albeit temporarily) If it is the latter, I'm not sure I understand because there is many a thread about banding here and it is offered as an alternative to heat straightening.

Kurliez
01-09-2011, 05:35 AM
The reason straightening isn't discussed is that this site promotes accepting your natural hair texture as is. No discussing of chemical straighteners and temporary straighteners like flat irons/hot combs/blow dryers/whatever else there is out there.

Of course there may or may not be folks that using temp straightening methods for styling options, but it stays "hush-hush" and not at all discussed on this site.

Welcome to NP and happy posting :)

cami88
01-09-2011, 06:09 AM
Thanks--that's where I get lost though. If straightening is as a no-no because its seen as rejecting your natural texture, then why is it ok to discuss other, non heat/chemical methods of straightening. I guess I just disagree with the sentiment that straightening your hair means that you don't accept your natural self. Anyhoo, thanks for responding!

lovelymuse
01-09-2011, 07:11 AM
I think it's the fact that heat can PERMANENTLY damage the hair and make the hair unhealthy that's frowned upon, banding doesn't.

bhop13
01-09-2011, 08:49 AM
I guess I always thought people banded to stretch their (usually to prep for another style) but they weren't just wearing the banded results as an actual hairstyle. When people use heat to straighten they're actually going for a hairstyle.

Plus heat can cause damage and permanently alter your texture. Banding won't do that....a wash will get your hair right back into shape.

GalaxyGirl2012
01-09-2011, 03:40 PM
like the others have said heat and chemicals permanently alter your texture. banding, roller setting, large, braid, twists, etc do not.

if you think that use of heat is always temporary, check out this forum (http://www.nappturality.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?s=&daysprune=60&f=53). many of the people in there thought they were getting a temporary one-time style.


I guess I just disagree with the sentiment that straightening your hair means that you don't accept your natural self. whether or not it's about accepting your natural self isn't really the issue in this case. this site belongs to dee. she started it and maintains as a place where people discuss their nappy hair, not a place that also talks about how to destroy those naps. there are plenty of other forums out there that allow it.

Princess Pamplemousse
01-09-2011, 04:44 PM
I've yet to discover any thing that will straighten my hair that is not a hot comb or a blow dryer. And I am a regular bander. Who gets their hair straight with some rubber bands? Where dey do dat at? :-)) Just curious lol my banding results are below...

http://i51.tinypic.com/e9wx37.jpg

Ms-gg
01-09-2011, 04:48 PM
Heat=damage

Banding doesn't.


Don't remove the kinks from your HAIR. Remove them from your BRAIN

cami88
01-09-2011, 06:09 PM
like the others have said heat and chemicals permanently alter your texture. banding, roller setting, large, braid, twists, etc do not.

if you think that use of heat is always temporary, check out this forum (http://www.nappturality.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?s=&daysprune=60&f=53). many of the people in there thought they were getting a temporary one-time style.

whether or not it's about accepting your natural self isn't really the issue in this case. this site belongs to dee. she started it and maintains as a place where people discuss their nappy hair, not a place that also talks about how to destroy those naps. there are plenty of other forums out there that allow it.

This is irrelevant to me. I don't care if Jesus runs the site--I'm allowed to hold a dissenting opinion if I so desire. The point of my post was to understand what about straightening is frowned upon. Thanks ladies for your responses.

Ms-gg
01-09-2011, 06:19 PM
Yes, you are allowed to have those opinions but most threads discussing heat and why we don't discuss it get shut down :)

CinnamonBiscuit
01-09-2011, 06:23 PM
Heat and straightening are big NO-NOs on the site. No excuses. No exceptions.

This site is about embracing, accepting, and loving the natural unaltered texture of one's head.

If you'd like to discuss damaging your hair, there are many other websites for such discussion. But not this one.

Bonitanatural
01-09-2011, 06:50 PM
^^^
What she said.

*continue on twisting my hair*

RunsWithScissors
01-09-2011, 07:44 PM
This is irrelevant to me. I don't care if Jesus runs the site--I'm allowed to hold a dissenting opinion if I so desire. The point of my post was to understand what about straightening is frowned upon. Thanks ladies for your responses.

What should be done...if you hold a dissenting opinion to "posted rules" of the site is to email the site owner or moderates and discuss the rules via pm's with them. Not start a topic that is already in many places on the board, stated that it is not allowed. Everyone in this tread has given you the reasons why "heat" discussions are not allowed on NP, including a link to the reasons why the site owner has stated why she is against heat usage and why she does not allow it on this board.

NappyNicci
01-09-2011, 07:50 PM
What should be done...if you hold a dissenting opinion to "posted rules" of the site is to email the site owner or moderates and discuss the rules via pm's with them. Not start a topic that is already in many places on the board, stated that it is not allowed. Everyone in this tread has given you the reasons why "heat" discussions are not allowed on NP, including a link to the reasons why the site owner has stated why she is against heat usage and why she does not allow it on this board.
Yep yep ***in my Teddy Riley voice***

Soul Rebel
01-09-2011, 08:10 PM
OP - Not all of us are operating on the same premise as you. I don't agree that the purpose of banding is straightening given that on many of the heads who do band, the hair does not get straight. The purpose is lengthening the hair for styling purposes, cut down on tangling, etc. There may be some who they to mimic straight styles with banding, but the same cam be said about a lot of styling practices. In my personal case, my hair can get blowout straight by brushing it. Is brushing a problem now too? No.

In my opinion the issue with heat isn't the damage although The fact that it can cause damage too is an issue, but the point is the mentality behind the "styling method". Straightening IMO is not a styling method. Styling is what folks do after they've straightened their hair. Straightening is about disguising ones true texture and making it into something else pure and simple. To me banding your hair ones hair to make it - say - easier to put into a roller set whereupon completion the hair will be pretty but still, likely, clearly highly textured is in no way whatsoever the same as burning the texture completely out of ones hair. IMO one is styling your hair and one is altering and disguising the texture and appearance of your hair, the latter of which isn't just against "the rules", but against the mission of the site.

Mz Bajan
01-09-2011, 08:56 PM
I've yet to discover any thing that will straighten my hair that is not a hot comb or a blow dryer. And I am a regular bander. Who gets their hair straight with some rubber bands? Where dey do dat at? :-)) Just curious lol my banding results are below...

http://i51.tinypic.com/e9wx37.jpg

OMGoshh... Electra your hair is soooo pretty!!! I now wanna try banding just to pull this off(even thou i doubt mine will look as pretty *sigh*)

Princess Pamplemousse
01-09-2011, 08:58 PM
This is irrelevant to me. I don't care if Jesus runs the site--I'm allowed to hold a dissenting opinion if I so desire. The point of my post was to understand what about straightening is frowned upon. Thanks ladies for your responses.

Posts like this come off as very EFF YO COUCH!! Yes, you're "allowed" to hold a dissenting opinion. No one cares if you straighten your hair with two hands every day....as long as you don't bring it ovah hurr ;)

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