“I’ve been gone for a minute, now I’m back at the jump-off!”
I decided to take another shot at straightening my hair. I’ve been contemplating it all week, then today I discovered CristiGold in her video on CurlyNikki’s site and I was ready for the challenge. I swear she’s my hair twin!
Last time I straightened it, I blow dried it, then used a curling iron to straighten it. I was overly nervous about burning my hair, so I didn’t straighten it that much.
This time, I read this post that Curly Nikki did for Essence and decided to try this method.
I washed my hair last night, deep conditioned, and braided it into 4 sections, then went to sleep. This afternoon after it completely dried, I unbraided and straightened one section at a time using the Instyler (forgot I had it). I used a lot of heat protector straightening serum as well. I always used this on my relaxed hair, so I still have it.
I couldn’t straighten it and just leave my ends looking as raggedy as they looked, so I did trim them just a little. If my hair was longer, I would have trimmed about an inch off, which is what it really needs.
I bumped the ends with a curling iron. My hair got really straight and smooth. I wrapped my hair and to smooth the ends after I wrapped it, you wouldn’t believe what I used… wait for it… wait for it… EcoStyler Gel mixed with hair protector straightening serum! I quickly put my scarf on my head after that. Let’s see how that works out.
Without further ado, here’s my straightened hair. It’s so uneven, so it looks layered. I can’t wait to even it out… after it grows a lot more.
Look at how much shrinkage I have! Craziness! This was before the mini trim. Do you see those raggedy ends?!?!
Not bad! Not bad! I just wonder if it would stay straight if I wore it out. Any tips to prevent frizz and prevent it from reverting?
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Looking good. Shrinkage is a beast. I’m contemplating on straightening mine also, but a little nervous about split ends and heat damage that i got the last time i straightened in September. Oh well. So why did you use gel again on the ends? Don’t make sense. Wouldn’t the gel revert the straightness?
Well… the ends need more trimming, so they’re not as smooth as the rest of my hair. I put a dot of gel with the serum to smooth it some more. Yes, the gel would make it revert which is why I put the scarf on quick, fast and in a hurry to keep it smooth. It’s equivalent to putting gel in the front of your hair and tying it with a scarf until the gel dries to keep the front smooth.
Hey Stranger!! You guys all abandoned me!!! T-kia has been incog, Miss Mickey hasn’t posted since November 7th, Marsha was gone for a month almost (good to see you back, if only really quickly;) and Rece, you were gone for weeks too! I’m like … “Where are my girls:(???” LOL!
Looks good Rece! Did you always straighten your hair yourself when you were relaxed?
LOL. I was only gone for 10 days! I’m here. Just nothing exciting in the hair world. I’ve always done my hair myself. When it was relaxed all I did was roller set it though. No blow drying or flat ironing or Instyling. I got the Instyler when I was transitioning.
Although its winter, my hair will always and forever do its own thing. It doesn’t need humidity to frizz. I put a lot of the serum in it, so we’ll see.
I’m actually considering straightening it more often. I need to keep a close eye on my ends.
Almost a month? Wow was I really gone that long? Wasn’t T-Kia having her renewal of nuptial? Like Rece said, nothing special in the hair department. Less manipulation has worked out a lot for me. I still read or skim through Hairscapades blog post from time to time.
Yeah, u were gone for a good minute! T-Kia’s thing is in February. Poor thing is so busy. I may not have posted (for only 10 days), but I’ve been stopping by everyone’s site here and there.
Oh, as to preventing frizz … the heat protectant as well as the cooler, drier winter air should help do that. I don’t think you should really need to add anything else.
You did a good job! Yeah I feel you on those ends. Due to this GOC I didn’t cut off all of my damaged ends to preserving my length. My mom never trimmed my ends when she was still doing my hair. I can’t believe you used Eco styler on straightened hair lol my hair would have reverted immediately… I only know that because I did that the last time I pressed my hair lol!!!
LOL! Just a dot of EcoStyler gel… and I mixed it with the serum!!!!! It didn’t do much as far as smoothing my ends anyway.
I thought about not trimming because of the challenge, but I would be doing my hair a disservice by not trimming. It could just make matters worse in the long run.
Very nice!! I was anxiously awaiting your next post, lol! I always use a flat iron to straighten my hair after blow drying it. I never had problems with it reverting, only if I went near the beach. So I would suggest getting a good flat iron where you can adjust the temperature.
So far it’s been staying straight. I’m happy with the results, I just wish I could trim it more. The Instyler worked very well for straightening it.
Love it! I used the same heat protectant when I straightened my hair for the first time in 7 months in November. I didn’t use a lot of heat. How hot was the Instyler when you straightened your hair? I’ve never used it. I like how smooth and sleek your hair looks! Nicely done:)
Thanks! Well, the Instyler only has three settings. I put it on the lowest one. It did come out way better than I expected. I can actually wear my hair straight.