Lost files! The straightening recap that never made it to the blog last years! Here’s how I straightened my hair last January.
1 – deep condition
I started off by deep conditioning with my longtime boothang Hairveda Deep Conditioning Hair Masque (review here). To help the conditioner penetrated in my hair, I used my Hot Condition Cap, warming it up in the microwave for 2 minutes before popping it on my head.
2 – cleanse
After deep conditioning for an hour with heat, I shampooed with Shea Moisture Smooth & Tame Shampoo. I’ve been using this shampoo for a month now (I’ve switched back to shampooing weekly) and I’m so glad I picked it up at Target. It was one of those spur of the moment buys that I ended up forgetting about. Since going natural, I haven’t found or used many shampoos that are writing home about but this one is worth a few letters. It’s a pretty liquid-y, gently cleanses without stripping my hair, and detangles my hair like. a. dream. This is the most detangling shampoo I’ve tried in a very long time, but too be fair, I’haven’t tried many shampoos geared towards detangling/taming hair.
3 – heat protect, dry, & straighten
Once I’d cleansed my hair, I squeezed excess water from my hair with a microfiber towel and then t-shirt dried for 40 minutes in chunky twists. To blow dry my hair I used Shea Moisture Smooth & Tame Blow Out Creme (applied to my hair in sections – 8), misted my hair with Shea Moisture Smooth and Tame Thermo-Protect Milk, and applied a dime sized amount of Creme of Nature Argan Oil Heat Defense Smooth & Shine Polish.
By 8:30 I only had one section done and was so torn between putting my hair on soak up every minute of Scandal that Shona Rhimes has deprived me of for months or skip the return to finish drying my mane but I just couldn’t do it.
I put the volume up, turned on captions and happily dried my hair while watching Kerry Washington sashay around the White House, reel Melly in, and confront the wolf in sheep’s clothing that murdered his way into the oval office.
After drying my, I used my Sedu Revolution flat iron to straighten my hair. I set the iron on 400 degrees fahrenheit and did only one pass. I also used the comb chase method – I used my modified Denman brush rather than a comb – to keep my hair straight as possible while straightening it.
Once my hair was done, the only thing I was ready for was bed. I applied Organix Anti-Breakage Coconut Milk Serum to my hair and wrapped it, covering my hair with a silk scarf to protect it while I slept.
A few days later I spent an hour painstakingly going through my hair, section by section (one inch sections), and snipping off all split ends, lighter looking ends, or single strand knots. I had MUCH less single strand knots and split ends than I did the last time I searched and destroyed, but it was still too much for my liking so I think I’m going to buckle down and baby the heck out of my ends.
I thought I was only going to last a week with straight hair but the products I used this time around really helped lock out humidity and keep my natural hair straight longer than I’ve been able to maintain it before. I ended up wearing my hair straight for 2 weeks and near the end, I was so ready to wash my hair and see my hair revert back to its kinks and coils. It was fun switching my hair up and I appreciated how easy it was to unwrap my hair and go in the morning, but I got bored quickly – which is partly my fault really since the only styles I rocked were ponytails, top knots, and hair down with and without flat twists in the front.
This recap and pictures are from when I straightened my hair back in January 2017. Since then, I’ve straightened my hair just twice. The last time I straightened, I used a steam flat iron that I’m looking forward to using again + share with y’all. It didn’t get my hair silky straight, but my hair was SO much softer than it usually is when I use a standard flat iron. It takes forever and a day to flat iron my hair so I’m not sure when I’ll straighten it again. It’s like running a gauntlet!