I’m Not Afraid Of A Little Heat


With the sudden change in the temps I figured that this would be a good time to straighten my hair.

I have figured out that Fall & Winter are the best times of the year to flat iron my hair and be able to keep it straight. Straightening in the rainy Spring & humid Summer  months are a no go for me. For a person that was never really good at flat ironing my hair permed or natural I really like the results this time around.

Flat ironing my hair was not a quick and easy process. In fact it took me at least 3 hours from start to finish, which is just about the same amount of time it takes to twists or braid.

Detangling & Washing:
Da fro was out for the whole week so a good detangling session was in order before I could even think about washing. Began by sectioning hair into 3 fat twists on each side, 6 twists total. Working with 1 twist at a time placed a few drops of Sweet Almond Oil into my hands and rubbed it into my hair. Began detangling using my fingers first to gently remove any knots and tangles, followed up with a wide tooth comb and placed detangled section into 2 – 3 twists before moving to the next fat twist. Also used clips to keep sections in their place.  After detangling I had about 12 – 15 smaller twist in. Rinsed oil from hair using warm water and washed with Suave Shea Almond shampoo. Followed up with the Cholesterol treatment I love so much.

Blow Drying:
After rinsing out the Cholesterol treatment I applied Garnier Fructis Anti Frizz Serum and Garnier Fructis Leave in Conditioner cream. Clipped hair into sections and blow dried with a comb attachment on medium/cool. Check out this video of my blow drying technique (click here for the video)

Blow dried half – Flat ironed half

Flat Ironing:
Set my Maxiglide flat iron on number 6 to heat it up. Starting at the nape of my neck working up to the top of my head, sectioned small sections using a rattail comb. Spritzed each small section with heat protectant , combed heat protection through. The Maxiglide has a steam feature on it so instead of flat ironing from the roots down, I press the steam button, flat iron from the middle of section down, bring the flat iron to the root and then go down the entire section. I consider that to be one and a half pass with heat. Once finally done I applied a small amount of Sweet Almond Oil throughout hair and scalp and combed it through.

My scalp is soo dry and flaky, I see a hot oil treatment in the near future
Finished results


Maintaining:
Apply oil to the ends and wrap hair around my head securing with a mesh wrap cap similar to the one below, then cover with a satin scarf.

In the morning try to keep hair from getting wet in the shower by using a plastic cap and wait until all the steam is gone from the bathroom before taking down the wrap. Steam = poofsville and I don’t want to go there! When its safe, un-wrap hair and apply a small amount of anti frizz serum to ends and I’m done.

I flat ironed on Friday and here it is Monday and no poofyness in sight  🙂

Until next time. . .


2 Comments

  • JenJen

    October 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I'm thinking about flat ironing my hair for my birthday in January. I'm scared that I might damage my beautiful curl pattern, so I just might change my mind.

  • Curls and Coils

    October 10, 2012 at 2:08 am

    Hey JenJen, the 1st time I straighten my hair it was about a little over year after the big chop. I was really worried about my curls coming back so I washed my hair soon after. Thank goodness they came back.

    I know that each time I flat iron my hair there could always be a risk of getting heat damage but then I think about all the times my mom would press my hair way before I got a perm and it always reverted back. I think its cool that our hair type is so versatile that I don't mind taking the risk now, although I did not feel this way 2 yrs ago.

    I would suggest that you research the effects of heat damage before flat ironing to see if that is a risk you are willing to take. Until then enjoy your curls and coils, they are gorgeous!

    p.s.
    check out this post on my 1st flat iron experience http://www.curlsandcoils.com/2011/06/blow-dry-and-flat-iron.html