I’ve worn my hair straight for the last 9 weeks. I’ve straightened it about 6 times during that period. Unfortunately, my scalp can’t go much longer than a week without being washed… two weeks is pushing it.
In order to straighten my hair, I wash and deep condition my hair first. I’ve been washing my hair with Herbal Essences shampoos lately. I’ve been deep conditioning with Camille Rose Naturals’ Algae Renew Deep Conditioner and most recently their Coconut Water Penetrating Hair Treatment.
After deep conditioning my hair, I towel dry it a bit, then apply Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I blow dry it on medium heat in 4 sections just until my hair is dry. Now for the fun part!
I use my FHI flat iron with the temperature set between 300 and 370, but closer to 300 on the temperature dial. I’ve never set it higher than the dot in between 300 and 370 degrees.
I use Fantasia IC Straightening Serum and heat protectant. I’ve been using this for years and it’s the one heat protectant I absolutely love. I part small sections at a time to flat iron and apply the heat protectant to each parted section just before I flat iron it. I do about 3 passes per section.
I know some people only do one pass, but I don’t for several reasons. Firstly, my hair isn’t straight after one pass and if I’m going through the trouble of flat ironing my hair, I want it to be silky straight. Secondly, those who have straight hair after just one pass generally use a higher temperature. To lessen the risk of burning my hair, I prefer to use a lower temperature and a couple of extra passes.
After I straighten the whole thing, I generally wrap it and let it sit in the wrap overnight just to seal in the straightness. Throughout the week, I apply Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Camille Rose Naturals Moisture Milk as needed. Towards the end of the week, I may bun my hair at night rather than wrapping it just to protect my ends.
This is MY method of straightening my hair. Is it the only way? No. It is the “correct” way? It’s the way that works well for my hair.
My curls have bounced back every time I washed my hair, so I don’t have any worries of heat damage. I did twist my hair this week to take some time off from having it straight. I actually missed my curls and now that’s it’s twisted, I miss my straight hair. Never satisfied. Such is life!
I’ve been straightening my hair for about 7 weeks now. Time really flew by. It certainly doesn’t feel like it’s been that long.
Prior to this, I was using some not so great (read: horrible) tools to straighten my hair. They were old and outdated. When I couldn’t fit in a hair appointment to get my hair professionally straightened into my schedule, I decided to use the money to buy myself a good flat iron so that I could straighten it myself.
I shopped around and asked around and got many suggestions. I was trying to decide which brand to get and if to get a nano titanium flat iron or a ceramic with tourmaline flat iron. I ended up getting totally confused with all of the information and recommendations because people had such great results with both. At the end of the day, I realized that whatever new flat iron I bought would be MUCH better than what I was currently using.
I decided to get the FHI Heat Technique G3 Original Professional Hair Styling 1″ Flat Iron in pink. No, I didn’t get it because it was pink, that was just an added bonus! I got it from Target for $79 (5% off with your Target Card). This is a tourmaline ceramic flat iron. One thing I was looking for in a new flat iron was temperature settings. Although this one has temperature settings, it uses a dial to adjust the temperature, rather than a digital temperature control. I didn’t realize this until after I bought it. I never really considered it while I was shopping around either. Minor details though, it still works extremely well
The first time I used it, I was floored with how silky and straight my hair was. My hair didn’t feel dry or burned, but you know the real test is the first wash to see if your curls pop again. I used the flat iron on the dot between 325 and 370 degrees. I do several quick passes over my hair because if I’m going to straighten it, I want it straight.
I can’t say I was very worried about heat damage because I used my trusted heat protectant and I was very mindful of the temperature and how my hair responded. The only thing was that I was using a new tool that I was not familiar with.
The results have been equally great for the last 7 weeks and I am very happy with my purchase. My curls still pop when I wash my hair, so all is well. I’ll probably continue to straighten my hair over the next several months… or until I get bored with it.
Up next… how I straighten my curls.
I was completely intrigued by the idea of the hooded scarf by EboniCurls! Many nights I spent folding my square shaped scarf into the perfect triangle to achieve a shape that will properly cover my hair. Once I saw the hooded scarf, I had to have it!
This scarf is shaped like a hood, but has long ends that you can tie in the front or the back. Genius! It is perfect for my smooth styles, like when I slick my hair back in a bun or when my hair is straight and I wrap it. It keeps my hair smooth underneath. Now I can be cute for bed!
The hooded scarf comes in a variety of beautiful, vibrant colors and prints. I chose the Cheetah Dreams hooded scarf with red on the inside. Choosing a print was probably the hardest decision because I loved so many of them!
They also ship quick so you’ll have your order in no time!
Check them out at EboniCurls.com.
I’m excited because Thermal Hair Care has created a way to deep condition without being tied down to a hair dryer. The Hot Head deep conditioning heat cap is “filled with renewable flax seed which will generate heat when warmed in the microwave.”
I tried it for the first time on Sunday and fell all the way in love. It’s quick, easy and clean. I always deep condition my hair, but almost never use heat because it’s a hassle to take out the hair dryer and have to sit in one place and have heat burning my neck the whole time. According to Thermal Hair Care, “when heat is introduced during a treatment, the hair cuticle will open for an extended period of time allowing the deep conditioner to penetrate the hair shaft and really work to nourish your hair from the inside out.”
I washed my hair and put my conditioner in, covered with a plastic conditioning cap, microwaved my Hot Head cap for 2 minutes and I was ready to go! The Hot Head cap stayed warm the entire time. Even when I thought it wasn’t warm enough, I checked underneath the cap and it was still toasty under there, obviously not as warm as in the beginning though. I left it on for about 35 minutes. The greatest part was that I was able to lay down while I deep conditioned without having to worry about dripping all over my pillow.
I HIGHLY recommend it. You WON’T be disappointed! Shipping is also very quick and there are several beautiful colors and prints to choose from. Mine is pink terry on one side and gray and white zebra print on the other side. Sexy!
You can order yours at ThermalHairCare.com.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of trying Hydratherma Naturals Organic Scalp Soothing Shampoo Bar.
I love that it’s made with organic ingredients and lots of saponified oils. It’s not generally something I look for in hair products, but I absolutely love when I stumble upon a good one.
I completely saturated my hair with water and rubbed the bar on areas of my scalp a bit. A little rub creates a lot of lather. It’s very aromatic with the smell of peppermint. It was actually the first thing I smelled when I opened the box it was shipped in. The peppermint also gives a slight tingly feeling to the scalp, but not overpowering to the point of burning.
The shampoo rinsed clean. I lathered twice because my hair was really greasy to start. My hair didn’t feel dry or stripped, but cleaner than if I used a sulfate free shampoo. I like lather in my shampoo. My hair and scalp felt refreshed.
Truth be told, I’m a sucker for shampoo bars. My only thing with them is that they don’t come with something to store them in. What am I supposed to do with it until the next washday?
My first impression is that I like it. I can easily see that it’ll last a very long time. It’s definitely worth a try.
I’ve joined the Natural Hair Blog Directory so you can check me and many other Naturalistas out there! Awesome site because you can search natural hair blogs by hair type. Many people tend look for bloggers who have similar hair textures to see what works for them and also to follow their hair journey. I’m listed under Coily.
My hair’s current state… I’ve been mostly wearing my hair is twists… two strand flat twists that is! I love them. They’re quick and easy to do. They don’t last long though (maybe 2-3 days), but I can easily retwist them one at a time since I generally only do 6 twists. The beauty of them is that if I have somewhere to go where I need my hair to be done, I can easily untwist them for a beautiful twist out. I think this will be my go-to style for the Summer. I hope my hair appreciates the low manipulation style.
New Product Alert!!!
The lovely London (@MissLondonBella) recommended Loreal – Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm. I went to Target to buy it twice and it wasn’t there despite seeing it on their website as being available.
I did find the Loreal Oleo Therapy Deep Recovery Hair Mask. I fell in love with the smell and the consistency so I bought it. I washed my hair and deep conditioned it for about 30 minutes. The directions recommend 3-5 minutes, but as usual, I got caught up doing other things. Once I rinsed it out, my hair felt moisturized but not weighed down.
The conditioner is very thick and creamy and melted right into my hair. Because of how thick it is, I thought my hair would have felt more weighed down, but it didn’t.
Once I was done, the only thing I used in my hair was Extra Virgin Olive Oil and I twisted it.