|blowout,flat-ironed, dry rod set|
Can yall believe it? I flat ironed my hair twice in the same year! Not only that it's August? and I live in Texas! So I have to explain why I did this. I've decided because of the length of time it takes me to detangle, re-detangle, and detangle again I will start blowing my hair out about once a month and use the flat iron once a month to help with tangles and single strand knots. Of course I've been dealing this entire time and there are techniques that get me through my hair safely. Its just time consuming.
The longer my hair gets I don't really have hours and hours to spend on it. So to keep it healthy and to resist the urge to rush through which will result in breakage I am going to give this a try. I have an ultimate length goal of MBL to WLish! And I believe if I'm going to get there with this texture, I need these tangles and knots minimized!
|Shot of hair prior to a detangling session(prepoo applied)|
I have noticed with my natural clients that use heat maybe 3 to 4 times a year, that their hair is a lot quicker and easier to detangle. No tangles No knots, yet their hair is still textured. It is my goal to keep texture in my hair in order to still wear my favorite style, two strand twists!!! So I know there is a careful art to using heat to loosen some of the kinks. I've thought about this for about a year now, but have been a chicken about it because I am so anti heat damage and have been my entire journey! I've always been afraid of my hair not curling or kinking back up in certain places due to flat ironing. But I have learned a few things so I am not as afraid of heat as I use to be. With this session I prepped my hair with a protein deep conditioner & my hydratherma naturals moisturizing conditioner mixed them! (steam conditioned). Added a leave in, hydratherma moisturizer, and hydratherma naturals growth oil, mixed with safflower oil as a heat protectant. Then started blowing out my hair on a low heat setting. Purchased a great ceramic iron, set the temp to 375, used safflower oil again. I did 2 passes with the iron 3 in some areas where the ends were really knotty. The next time I do this I will probably lower the temp even more, because my goal is just to lightly use heat to smooth and make my hair easier to style without the tangles. I don't want my hair bone straight.
|Started removing my curls from the rod set in pic 1|
So right now my hair is still straight even though I have been dying to add a ton of moisturizer to it. I couldn't resist adding moisture to my ends and as a result they have started to frizz and curl. So I just plaited my hair all the way to the ends so I wouldn't get knots. So that is it! I wanted to check in to let you ladies know where my journey is trying to take me! My four year nappiversary is coming up Sept 27th! My hair is the healthiest and longest its ever been. I am really excited with how this journey is going. As you can see there is still more to learn the longer you are natural. I've never stopped learning. Often times you will have to adjust with the changes in your hair as it grows. Don't be afraid to make healthy adjustments to your regimen that will help you go the rest of the way to meet your goals. Yes, you are going to hear a lot of do's and don'ts and won'ts and nevers, even from me! But in the end you will have to listen to your own hair and do what is working for you, and stop doing what isn't working! It's as simple as that. You have to deal with your hair, you have to wear it out, and you have to be happy with it. So make it work for you!
Welllll Until Next time ladies!!! I will be keeping you posted!