There are many women today who are choosing to go natural. When these women want their hair straightened they are faced with a major decision, whether to use the hot comb or the flat iron. The hot comb vs flat iron for natural hair debate has been going on for quite some time now, but one has to understand that there are pros and cons to each. In the subsequent paragraphs, the pros and cons of the hot comb and the flat iron will be discussed.
African American and ethnic women have been using hot combs to straighten their hair for over a hundred years. Several years ago, women straightened their hair with the hot comb by heating on the stove, but today there are electric hot combs available. One of the pros of buying a hot comb is that it is relatively inexpensive. It is also very effective at straightening the hair. One con is that if it is used inappropriately, the hair may be damaged.
Flat irons are one of the newest ways of straightening natural hair. It works the same way as the hot comb does; a woman uses it by taking small sections of her hair at a time. One of the biggest pros of using a flat iron is that most are formulated to go up to extreme temperatures allowing for the best straightening. Another pro is that some flat irons have protective barriers, which provide protection against heat damage. One con of the flat iron is that it can be quite expensive. If a woman wants a quality flat iron, she should expect to spend thirty dollars or more.
It appears that the flat iron would work the best for most women, but some may get the best results with the hot comb. It all boils down to personal preference and what works best for the individual.