Every year I think I'll formulate some new way to avoid flat ironing my hair in the warmer seasons. Then when spring comes it all fails lol. So I'm starting early this year . I could simply skip flat ironing but I have so much heat damage that my hair looks like crap in it's natural state. This is what I have in mind. I wanted to do clip ins but instead of doing it the normal way leaving all the hair loose and attaching the clips between the hair, I wanted to do it as if I was doing a sew in. ( I refuse to get even a partial sew in because I need full access to my hair and scalp) meaning secure most of my hair except for the top and make it flat enough so that I can just clip the clip ins to the secured hair. Then just style the leave out. So its like a sew in only I can remove it whenever I want. I've watched YT video after video and whenever I try the techniques, the secured hair is much too bulky to even consider. I've tried pin curling, braiding, and twisting. No matter what I do it's bulky. My hair is around mbl and when not flat ironed it's quite thick so I can't figure out how to get it flat enough so it doesn't feel like a pillow lol. Do I have to learn to do cornrows?? Is there any other option?