Wash Day: Hello Straight Hair

I haven’t straightened my hair since January but couple with the utter boredom I’ve been feeling towards my hair lately and Paul Mitchell Mirrorsmooth line I received last week, the stars aligned and told me it was time to pick up a flat iron.

I started off with a days old, work out weary twist out. I promise I wasn’t walking around with my hair this dreary lol, my work out early that day completely wrecked my hair.


[1] I deep conditioned on dry hair with HairVeda Sitrinillah Deep Conditioner. HairVeda SDC is a long time love but I don’t think I’ve ever used it on dry hair before so I was a little hesitant but thankfully it worked out. The conditioner sunk into my hair, provided slip to help me finger detangle my hair, and per usual, left my hair soft and moisturized.

[2] Shampooed with Paul Mitchell Mirrorsmooth Shampoo. This shampoo creates tons of suds (I’m a sucker for suds), does not strip my hair, and left my hair feeling smooth.

[3] Applied Paul Mitchell Mirrorsmooth Conditioner for about 5 minutes. After rinsing out the conditioner, I may or may not have done a happy dance. This conditioner reminds me of my old boo PM Super Skinny Daily Treatment but it makes my hair feel much smoother than PM SSDT.


After using an cotton t-shirt to soak up all excess water from my hair, I put my hair in twists to stretch it out and let it dry for about two hours.

[4] Next I applied my leave-ins: It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In and Paul Mitchell Mirrorsmooth High Gloss Primer, then blow dried my hair using the tension method + cold hair. For more on the tension method, check out this post: The Tension Method When Blow Drying: How To & Benefits

Once I’d finished drying my hair, I flat ironed it using Paul Mitchell Express Ion Smooth+ flat iron by working in small sections and only doing one pass. When I got to my ends, I used a comb for the comb-chase method.

This was my first time straightening my fully naturally hair so I was a little worried about what temp to use. Per the booklet that came with the iron,  the recommendation for “fine hair” maxes at 360 degrees; I played it safe and went 10 above.

As you can tell from the photos below, the results were sleek but not pin-straight, which I loved. I definitely like the Paul Mitchell Mirrorsmooth line. At each step it made detangling a breeze and I could feel the difference (smoothness) in my hair. I’ll use it 2 or 3 more times (along with the the flat iron) before doing a full product review. Both the It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In and the Paul Mitchell Mirrorsmooth High Gloss Primer provide thermal protection so I didn’t need an additional heat protectant.


And finally, length check. Shrinkage is a liar. I didn’t know I had grown this much hair in 2 years. On this shirt, waist length hits me about an inch after the 20 line so I’m roughly half way back to my pre-transition 2013 length. I also trimmed half an inch to remove annoying single-strand knots.

My length check shirt is from the JGA store

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  1. Wow, wow, wow. Such amazing growth. You have inspired me again to work on my hair. I have been lazy all year long. Where did you get the PM mirror smooth gift set and flat iron from. I saw the individual links but want to get the gift set if possible.


    1. Author

      Thank you! The products were sent to me by Paul Mitchell.

  2. I have two questions.
    1. did Hairveda discontinue that Stirinillah DC? I cant find it on their site
    2. what state/ climate you're in…did your hair revert shortly after?


    1. Author

      I'm not sure if it's been discontinued. I hope not. I saw that a number of items are either out of stock or not listed so it's possible that the DC has been taken due while they restock. Delaware. My started reverted while I slept due to horrible night sweats.

  3. **closes mouth*** your growth and retention for the last two years are just putting others to shame. go on and swang that thang gurl!

    1. Author

      Thank you Abena! Hiding my hair in marley twists has really paid off.

  4. Wow! That is all new growth in only 2 years! I'm amazed you have beautiful hair Jen!

  5. Awesome growth Jen. You handle your hair oh so well. How are you going to maintain the straight look? How long are you going to leave it straight?

    1. Author

      Thank you! Due to night sweats and 2 days straight of rain, it only lasted 3 days. In the future I'll be wrapping my hair to maintain it.

  6. Beautiful Jen. So much growth, that's awesome your only half way from your pre transition length x

  7. Beautiful! So now it is over. Relaxed hair gone and you still have a lot of hair!

    Why did you use Miracle Leave-In before the other leave in? Just curios to know if there was something in the PM formula you felt were missing. Did you mix the both in your hands before putting it in your hair.

    1. Author

      Thank you! Yes I applied the It's A 10 Miracle Leave-in before the PM. The PM Mirroramooth High Gloss Primer is more a creamy serum so I used a leave in to provide my hair with some moisture before flat ironing.

  8. do you think this can be achieved with super short hair (twa — 2.5 inches)???

    1. Author

      Hi there, do you mean straightening? I think so. I think you'd most likely have to use a blow drier with a comb attachment for ease while drying before flat ironing.

  9. OMGosh! Your hair is proof that regardless of how you choose to style your hair (relaxed, transitioning or natural) that girls with curly hair CAN retain length!

    Ugh…You're making me want to grab my flat iron to length check too! About how long did it take to straighten?

    KLP @ http://www.savingourstrands.com

    1. Author

      We sure can! Healthy hair care for the win! Hmmm it took about an 45 mins to blow dry and an hour to straighten. I worked in small sections.

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