I am natural but want to wear my hair straight for my bday next month. I have decided to only straighten 2 times this year to get to APL by December. I love the way my hair looks after going to the Dominican Salon and having it rollerset and blown dry, but my hair is really prone to splits and I'm scared of the possible heat damage. I've gotten them before I started my HHJ ( see my avatar) and didn't really notice damage but I also wasnt trying to reach a goal then or paying as much attention to my hair. My other option is to go to my BFF who is also a stylist and get her to straighten but she only straightens using a hot comb which she does after she blow dries my hair ( even though the dryer isn't as hot as the Dominican one) It gets straight but doesn't have as much body as when I go to the Dominican salon. I am wondering if this is just as damaging. My last option is to just try roller setting and straightening myself with my flat iron but I haven't mastered this. It comes out looking just o.k. and if I'm going to straighten I would rather have it look really nice. My question is, even if the Dominican blow dryer is super hot, do you think that it should be ok if I'm only doing it 2 times per year? Or should I just choose one of the other options? Has anyone experienced damage from doing this just one time?