Hi,Lephron---See most of the gels/DAILY straightning/Ironing are very damaging to our precious hair in the long run.
While your hair is growing -until it reaches the desired level of growth-let it grow naturally--how ever i do knnow the inconvinience when it comes to Dates/parties/occasions etc---i would recommend you use an
EGO BOOSTER by Bed HEAD
cerum [not sure how it is spelt] by Bed HEAD
Both the above give the desired straightning effect till you wash your hair and at the same time have minimal damaging chemicals.
After you have reached your desired hair growth go in for a Extensive Hair Straightning --which should last you a good 3 mths--depending on several conditions ofcourse.
--if you or anyone else have any queries about LONG hair please feel free to contact me through my profile.
Afterall i have had hair longer than my shoulders from the time i was born.