I finally straightened my hair after going practically the whole summer without using heat… unintentionally. I did blow dry once.
In any case, I am quite surprised by how long my hair is. I feel like it’s almost as long as my relaxed hair was. I’ll probably do a comparison pic sometime soon.
I tried the Motions 3-step system for straightening natural hair, minus the shampoo. (Selsun Blue is my old ball and chain). I went straight to step two after shampooing. I applied the leave in conditioner to damp hair as directed, except I braided my hair and let it air dry overnight rather than blow drying it to dry it.
When I unbraided my hair the next day, my hair was soooooo soft and shiny. It would have been the perfect braidout if that was the goal.
Once I unbraided it, I applied the third step which is the sealer. I began straightening my hair (I use a big barrel ceramic curling iron… me and flatirons have never really been friends) and realized that it wasn’t quite coming out how I wanted. My hair was too set from the braids. I decided to blow dry my hair first to loosen some of the curls. That worked well, then I passed the curling iron over my hair.
I started with the bottom right section of my hair because the right side of my head tends to be the worst in terms of ssk’s and dryness. I didn’t want to start with the “good” side and be disappointed when I got to the “bad” side. That was an excellent idea because my hair just got better and better as I moved along rather than worse.
I am very pleased with the growth. I plan to straighten my hair for most of the Fall/Winter. It helps me to keep a close eye on my ends and my hairs moisture balance.
I am also quite pleased with the Motions products. They were a but too fragrant for me at first, but the smell fades quick. The leave in conditioner was excellent. It’s very moisturizing and made my hair very soft and hydrated. The sealer was a nice addition as well. It is a heat protectant and smoothed out my hair as I straightened it.
Without further ado, here’s a follow up from the last shrinkage picture. Official straight hair pics and length check pics to follow.
9 thoughts on “The Straightening Process”
I love it Rece! Can’t wait to see the other pics!
Im so excited about this!!! I think we are the same length!!! Hurry up and post pictures 😉
Love your hair! Question. What do you do to keep your hair straight and to keep it from getting puffy and curling up? I want to straighten my hair but I’m afraid to because I’ve damaged it before by using too much heat to keep it straight.
Definitely use a heat protectant. I only straighten it when I first wash it. If it gets puffy or reverts, then so be it. I find that roller setting it and sitting under the dryer keeps it from reverting. For whatever reason, when I blow dry my hair it still gets frizzy. I’ll prob roller set next week.
This was very interesting! I’ve never heard of anyone straightening their hair this way and it looks beautiful : )
Gorgeous. How long do your presses last?
it’s sooo long.