I was in need of a change. I was tired of manipulating- and by manipulating I mean detangling, twisting, brushing, pulling up, etc. I deserved a break from doing all of that when I was away in Argentina. So, I decided to straighten it. The perfect protective style (using that term loosely) because of the insanely cold weather. Here is what I did.
Here is the straightener I used. Bad decision. You’ll soon learn why.
I used Herbal Essences’ Totally Twisted conditioner the night before as a deep conditioner, making sure to detangle and leave it in for the night.
The next day, I rinsed out the conditioner using my olive oil shampoo. I then used the Herbal Essences once again to assure that my hair would not be dry before applying the keratin treatment.
Let’s be clear, this conditioner does contain keratin, but it is not the actual keratin treatment. I used this simply to make blowing my hair out easier and smoother. And I must say that it did. I kept it in for five minutes and rinsed it out thoroughly.
I then added tea tree oil to seal in moisture.
After, I allowed my hair to air dry for maybe 10 minutes. I then braided my hair in about 6 to 7 braids making sure to detangle each section. I did this to stretch my hair out prior to blow drying (stole this technique from FusionofCultures on Youtube). I allowed my hair to be maybe 70 percent dry before blowing it out, so I wouldn’t have to put too much heat on it.
For a heat protectant (not pictured) I used Garnier Fructis Style’s Sleek & Shine Flat Iron Perfector Straightening Mist with Argan Oil. Not my ideal heat protectant, but it did it’s job. I sprayed this as I tackled each section of my hair. Then with my denman brush and hair dryer I blew out each section. here are the results of my blowout.
As I said using the keratin definitely made this process very easy, much different from my previous experiences. I then began to straighten my hair. The temperature I used, I can’t exactly remember (so sorry) but I believe it was around 250 degrees. Before straightening each section I made sure to spritz some of the heat protectant for extra protection. I made sure to spray it not directly onto my hair strands but some inches away, to prevent my hair from frizzing up. This was a mistake. I believe that if I would have sprayed this directly to my strands my hair would not have came out like this:
But what’s crazy is that when I first started, it was looking niiiice! Check out the nice ends, I kept my ends up nice while away! Like this:
But it fluffed up super fast. Not sure if it was the quality of the straightener or what. But here are the rest of my results!
See what I mean? It was straight, but not straight. Very confusing results. How did I fix this problem? My hair clearly wasn’t straight enough to wrap it before bed, so I opted for pin curls.
And these were my results the next day:
But unfortunately the collar of my coat put an epic crease in my hair and I had to pin it up, but it was still cute!
I simply left out my bang, and flat twisted each side and pinned them in the middle.
I went out that night, and my hair began to revert back. I pin curled again before bed and attempted the same style. It was decent but definitely a bit more fluffy.
Peep my friend Shakera graduating! I’m so proud of her!!
Excuse my friend photo-bombing lol
This day I was stuck at my friend’s house due to the snow so I was unable to wrap my hair that night. However, when I showered I wrapped it briefly. My friend rescued me with her Chi flat iron before another graduation. Here were the results:
Not the best picture of my results, but trust me it looked a lot better.
After this weekend I didn’t want to add anymore heat so I opted for bantu knots and pin-up styles. The dandruff was real so shortly after, I washed and deep conditioned my hair. And…my curls were back and in full effect. The keratin didn’t alter my curl pattern. I did notice that they hung a little lower, but I’m not sure if that was due to the keratin or for applying heat.
That’s all for now. I will begin blogging more frequently about my hair, I have a big surprise coming up!
How do you straighten your hair for the best results?