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 discontinued! It's the best conditioner I've ever used!

I let my hair air-dry for a few minutes until it was damp and no longer dripping. Then I layered the following products: ApHogee ProVitamin Leave-In Conditioner, L'Oreal Paris Studio Silk & Gloss Hot Straight Cream, This One Gets You Silky Smooth Light Hair Oil and Her Styler Argan Oil Hair Serum. I mixed the oil and serum and applied it as a final layer of sealant and heat protectant. After applying all of these, I blew out my hair using a Denman D3N brush and Sedu Revolution. It wasn't my best blow out, but I think my frayed ends and the meager slip in the leave-in combo made it difficult to get the best results.

Finally, after all that prep work, I got to the real task of straightening. Shockingly, other than the shampooing, it was the quickest part of the entire process. I did the chase method, and it was highly effective in smoothing my ends. With the Sedu iron, I was able to do most sections with only one pass on a 400°F setting. I started out on 340°F, but my hair was a bit puffy so I went up to 400°F. If I'd gone up to 450°F, the highest setting, I probably would have gotten the bone-straight look, but I am terrified of heat damage so I won't be trying it out anytime soon.

There'll be a few additional posts with the aftermath and product/appliance reviews.

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