**Disclamer: This is "my" personal opinion about heat styling for "my" head of natural hair. I am not telling anyone to not do it or to do it. I'm stating what my personal preference is for me. Nor am I saying that the results of heat styling will be the same for everyone. My personal philosophy has always been, you have to do what makes you comfortable. I judge no one for what they choose to do with their hair.**
Lastly, I LOVE (did I say love, love) my naturally curly hair! I love it's versatility and I love how healthy it finally is. I love the fact that it just compliments all of my other unique qualities. After all these years, my hair is finally growing. I was already standing out (and above, at my 6'1 height) when I walk into a room and now with this hair I really do. I've embraced my curly hair and it's just fine by me.
But for all of you who want to get a glimpse of what my hair looks like now, sorta straight....I did a tension blow out on my hair. My hair is not bone straight and it only stayed this way 2 days before I misted it with water and did a twist out on it.