Yesterday I celebrated my 1 year naturalversary by doing a blow out and rocking my fierce fro! I knew I wanted to straighten my hair but I didn't want to use a lot of heat on it on the same day so I split the process between 2 days. I am very happy and pleased with my results and can't believe I did it myself! I've only tried to straightened my hair once during the past year and it was an epic fail! Taking on this task was very intimidating so I did my research to see what other naturals do and I would like to share with you all my process of going from stretched out, textured hair to smooth and silky straight hair!
Since I had already used a blow dryer on my hair the day before, I did not want to reapply more heat to on my hair to stretch it to prepare to be flat ironed. I used the banding method. First, I spritzed some of Aphogee Keratin & Green Tea Restructurizer on my hair and brushed it through with my denman brush. Next, I used a quarter size of the Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Hair Milk on the section then put it in a pony tail. I followed this step by using another pony tail holder to wrap around the length of the ponytail. This keeps the hair stretched and it is much easier to flat iron on stretched hair. (Yes, you will be getting your Koolio on lol)
Taking down each banded ponytail one by one, I sprayed some of the Garnier Fructis Style Flat Iron Perfector spray on the hair and smoothed it in with my hands. I followed by using my denman to make sure the section was free of tangles. Next I applied one pump of the Roots of Nature Remedies mango oil & sweet almond oil Thermal Smoothing Serum to the section, concentrating on my ends. I further separated the ponytail into 3-4 layers or more depending on how big I did the pony tail and used the chase method to flat iron the smaller layers of the original ponytail sections. The chase method is where you use your flat iron on the hair and then you take a fine tooth comb and chase it with the flat iron. This helps to separate the hair and to ensure each strand gets straightened.
Repeat these steps until you are finished! The process took me 2.5 hours but as you can see by the pictures I have a lot of hair and it is super thick and dense. I sometimes feel like my hair is thick than the average person! The flat iron I used was the Sedu 1" Ionic Cermanic Pro flat iron which can be purchased at www.folica.com Now I must say the process will guarantee you great results but, if your flat iron isn't up to par it can only get you so far. I chose to invest in this flat iron because of its ionic ceramic properties which result in less damage on your hair! I use it on temperature 360 which is next to the highest. I wasn't worried about heat damage due to the fact I was using 2 heat protectants on my hair. (My hair stayed silky for about 2 hours of being out and about in the elements, windy day and is already trying to revert back so no worries there)
Product reviews on all products will be posted soon but I hope my method helps, especially if you think natural hair can't get straight with a flat iron, oh it can!! Silky straight with the right products, tools, and method! Any questions or comments leave them below!