Showing posts from December, 2013

Heat Damage? (Flat Iron Update)

My hair post-straightening (excuse the color stained nails). 

This is just a quick update on my flat ironing experience. My hair reverted with no straight pieces. The hair directly above my ears seemed slightly limp/looser. That's my finest section of hair so I should have used a lower heat setting there. Next time, I'll know better. Thankfully, it's extremely small sections on both sides, and I had to really search to find them.

I did a wash-and-go a week after straightening. The sections that are looser aren't visible. They still blend with my pattern. I'm just glad none of my hair is permanently straight.

Post-straightening, I did an ApHogee protein treatment on the sections that were loosened, which has helped. I'm using conditioners and deep conditioners with protein and focusing on protecting my ends and making sure I moisturize and seal regularly. After all, what's the point of a trim, if you're not going to take care of your ends?

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My Flat Iron Process (2013)

For the past few months, I'd been considering straightening my hair, but the fear of heat damage was enough to stave off the curiosity. Eventually curiosity and my want/need to properly trim my ends wore me down. Below is a quick outline of my process along with a few pictures. Pictures of my hair before and after can be found on the Kinks of Nature Instagram page:

I figured I needed to start off the process with an intense protein treatment, and since I didn't have the time to do a henna treatment, which also strengthens the hair strands, I went back to good old ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment. A messy irksome treatment, but a good one nevertheless. After clarifying with Tresemme Salon Silk Shampoo, I applied the protein treatment and blow dried my hair to harden the product.

Once the protein treatment was rinsed out, I deep conditioned for 30 minutes with Tigi Bed Head Moisture Maniac Moisturizing Conditioner. Sidenote: I hate that this is disc…