My Straight Hair Regimen

I don't straighten my hair very often, but when I do I have a different set of products that I use to achieve and maintain my look. I have learned some things through trial and error and other things from the wonderful women from youtube and other sites and forums. This is how my process goes:

Step 1: Shampoo my hair. I always shampoo before I flat iron to make sure that there isn't any build up on my hair or scalp. I don't suggest co-washing before you straighten.

Step 2: I ALWAYS deep condition before I straighten using a moisturizing DC. I typically use ORS Replenishing Conditioner. This is a light protein as well but I have found it to be very moisturizing on my hair. I make sure to fully detangle my hair at this stage with a wide tooth comb. I follow the comb with my Denman brush making sure to get any shed hair that is left behind. I do this to ensure that once I begin to flat iron I don't have any snags. After rinsing the conditioner I move on to the next step.

Step 3: I apply my heat protectant. I use FHI Hot Sauce. I simply love this product. It isn't heavy or oily but it adds moisture. I apply this in about 4 sections.

Step 4: I am now ready to blow dry my hair. I have found this to a VERY important step in this process. I learned my technique from this video:

I will say that I had a hard time getting the technique down of holding the blow dryer and Denman at the same time. I lack coordination, but I'm getting better. Also, my hair is a bit thicker than hers so it didn't go through the Denman as easy as hers did, but I started to get a rhythm . My results show the difference. I'll show pictures from when I first learned this technique and blow dried it. Check out part 2 of that video as well.

This is from January. Clean towel dried hair.

These are blow dried using her technique.

Step 5: Finally, I flat iron my hair in small sections using another VERY useful technique by SalonCabelo:

This comb chase method is so key. At least for me. I've straightened with and without this technique when I was trying to rush things along and my hair wasn't nearly as straight or silky.

Again these pics are from late January.

Maintenance: I don't use alot of product on my straightened hair because I don't want to weigh it down. The only thing I use to moisturize while straight is coconut oil. It is very light and adds a nice sheen. If I want a bit more shine I will add a few drops of Kemi Oyl to it.
I do this nightly before going to bed and sometimes in the morning depending on how it looks and feels. I wrap my hair at night, but I don't know how to explain how I do it. It's not the traditional one way wrap. My hair would always stink after a few days of doing that. I know you know what I'm talking about too. :)
Hmmm, how can I explain this. Ok, I take my hair in 4 sections. Two in front and two in back and first start with the left front and swoop it around the back to the right section and bobby pin it down. I do the same with the ride side pinned down on the left side. Then I take the back left and pin in around to the front of the right section and same from back back right to left. I hope that makes sense and doesn't sound too complicated. It's super easy. So much so that it feels foolish to even explain it. Anyway, I do this because it leaves the hair room to breathe so that it doesn't stink and also because it doesn't stress the edges or cause that unruly hair on the side that you swooped the hair when doing a traditional wrap.
Don't forget to wear your satin bonnet to bed.

Here's another picture of my hair straightened from late August. I kind of rushed through it and am in need of a trim here, but you can see my growth.

If anyone had trouble understanding the wrap technique (or anything) be sure and let me know. I'll do my best to explain it better.
Btw, I think I'm going to stick with this new page design. I hope you guys like it as much as I do.


In Case You Were Wondering...,

If anyone is wondering about the many recent changes being made to my blog design the short answer is that I've been having some technical difficulties in that area and am trying to find the right fit. Sorry if it's getting a bit hard to deal with.I don't desire to have a different design every week so once (hopefully soon) I find the right fit, it will remain that way for awhile.


Braid Challenge #3

I have completed my 3rd braid challenge and am moving to the 4th. Unfortunately I never took pictures of dd's hair on this one. All I did was braided it into a ponytail except the ponytail was kind of going a spiral if that makes sense.
I'm finding that her braids aren't lasting as long as I'd like them to. I was hoping to allow each set of braids to stay in for two weeks but after a week they've been looking pretty fuzzy. I'm not sure if this a "her hair" thing or if it's my lack of experience in braiding that is causing this. I am doing some searching online to find some ideas for new styles because I'm really not that creative when it comes to thinking of styles. If anyone has any suggestions please share them.

I'm going to post a picture of last weeks style that I talked about in the last post. Remember, I shared that it was kind of similar to the first style except that I braided the back down? Here are pictures of that.

Notice on the last picture how the braids are not nearly as neat and put together as the second picture. I see some areas that need improvement. It's exciting though because soon I'll be able to look back and see how I've improved.
Stay tuned for challenge 4.


Braid Challenge #2

On to the next assignment... I actually completed the seconf set of braid in my dd's hair over two weeks ago but have neglected to post about it. Forgive me. I have to say though that I kind of did a variation on the first style.
I washed and DC'd her hair while in braids this time and then unbraided the hair and rebraided it. The only difference between this style and the last is that I braided the back down and put the top in a bun.
My hope is to be much more adventurous as I go along. I still have several months to go so I'm sure things will be getting more exciting. Beacuse I waited so long to post challenge #2 I should be posting # 3 soon after this one.