Can I use a Maxiglide on ethnic or relaxed hair?


“I am African American with thick, relaxed hair. Can the Maxiglide straighten my ethnic hair type? Will the ‘steam’ frizz this type of hair?”
Tammie via email

Maxiglide Flat IronAnswer:
You can definitely use the Maxiglide Flat Iron on ethnic or relaxed hair. I recommend using it on dry hair along with a thermal protectant to lightly coat your hair before you start styling. The thermal protectant along with the ceramic iron will close the cuticle therefore helping hair stay soft and straight and not frizz in humid temperatures. Plus, if your hair is already delicate, you want it as protected as possible.
To use the Maxiglide if your hair is especially frizzy, dry, brittle or stubborn hair, first, without applying a lot of pressure, barely close the iron and quickly go over the frizzy, brittle part of the hair which is usually the last 3-7 inches before the ends, with 1 or 2 bursts of steam. (This will soften the hair, much like you would iron out a tough wrinkle in a shirt). Then go over the entire section from the roots to the ends WITHOUT THE STEAM.

Please note I do not recommend the use of any heat styling appliance on very, very damaged, fragile hair, and I would always use a flat iron with a thermal heat protectant, for added protection to my hair.

For more questions and answers about the Maxiglide Flat Iron you should definitely check out this article: Maxiglide, Everything you want to know and more, you’ll love it!

Need some visual aids? The following video willl help you get started and straightened in no time…


Discover ABBA Pure and Natural Hair Care

Abba True Curls ShampooDoes your shampoo utilize a cocktail of herbal extracts such as Cinnamon Bark Extract, Lavender Flower Extract, Basil and Comfrey, Oregano and Thyme? Mine does. Talk about antioxidant properties and herbal goodness. Pictured: Abba TrueCurls Curl Enhancing Shampoo.

Does your conditioner contain Certified Organic Papaya Extract to moisturize dry, brittle hair? Or include Banana Extract and Lactic Acid for added protein?  Wheat Gluten and Soy Protein to prevent against breakage? How about White Tea to deactivate free radicals? Mine does! Are you jealous yet? Then…

Abba Instant Recall Curl ActivatorMeet ABBA Pure & Natural Hair Care – scientifically formulated with botanical extracts, essential oils and enriching nutrients to revitalize hair from the inside out.

Did you know? All ABBA products are:
100% Vegan: Powered by earth-pure botanicals, and contain no animal ingredients.
DEA Free and Free of Synthetic Dyes: Safe for use on color treated hair.
Eco-Sensitive Salon Formulas: ABBA embraces a global concept of high value and quality without compromising the environment. All product bottles and tubes are fully recyclable.
Cruelty Free:  Never tested on animals.
Abba True Shine Shine ElixirThese cruelty free, DEA free, shampoos, conditioners, styling products and hair care therapies are 100% vegan and harness the healing power of nature for pure performance. Free of animal proteins and carcinogens, ABBA embraces a global concept of high quality and value without compromising the environment. All ABBA products are eco-sensitive salon formulations free of sulfates and synthetic dyes, and are designed to treat specific hair needs. 

Whether you are looking to add balance, moisture, or shine, maintain curls or color or just detoxify, you can experience the latest in plant, herbal and aroma therapies with ABBA, the secret to beautiful hair.  Pictured: Abba TrueShine Shine Elixir. Swing by our ABBA Hair Care section to see more.

I’m a huge fan of natural botanicals, and any products that are safe AND effective get an A+ in my book. If you like a bevy of botanicals too, check out our  ABBA Ingredient Glossary, you’ll find out just what all those good-for-you herbs really do!


Celeb Style: Reese Witherspoon

Reese WitherspoonDon’t you just love Reese’s hair in this picture? It’s so shiny and silky and her highlights look amazing. Wish you could get this silky straight look? No worries! Before you straighten, work a little ghd smoothing balm through your hair to calm and relax any texture or curls you may have. Then work your wonders with your flat iron.  After straightening, smooth on a tiny dab of Terax gloss finishing serum to keep the frizz at bay and create an award winning shine.