Tuesday, February 25, 2014

How To Use A Ferrum Professional Styler On Natural Hair

I used the Ferrum flat iron, that I won from the VeryBusyMama giveaway #woot, a few weeks ago to straighten my hair. I loved how it didn't give me that limp straight hair that flat irons are notoriously known for, but I was really skeptical to see if it would work on a head full of beautiful natural curls. So when my gorgeously 2 years natural prima came to visit last weekend, I was amped when she asked me to straighten her hair. She only straightens her hair 2-3 times a year and hasn't seen the length of her hair in months. I showed her the Ferrum, explained that one side has one ceramic plate with a satiny fabric in place of the other ceramic plate, she looked at me with bewilderment. I told her that we'd grab my Solia iron too, you know, just in case the Ferrum didn't work. After everything was said and done, she was shocked at how silky straight, shiny, and soft her hair was. I used the exact same process to straighten her natural curls as I did my relaxed tresses. Here's what I did:
  1. Freshly washed and deep conditioned: I've learned the hard way to never apply direct heat to dirty hair. Although my prima had just washed her hair, I noticed build up on her strands and flakes on her scalp. So I shampooed the front half of her hair with KeraCare 1st Lather Shampoo and then another lather with KeraCare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo for her entire hair. Next, I deep conditioned with KeraCare Humecto under a hooded dryer for about an hour.
  2. Perfect Leave Ins: I like to use a moisturizing leave-in + protein heat protectant serum when I flat iron. I'm in love with It's a 10! Miracle Leave In, so using it on her hair was a no brainer. I'd usually reach for my Chi Silk Infusion, but I decided to give Sedu Anti-Frizz Polishing Treatment with Moroccan Argan Oil another try. I applied the leaves in sections while detanlging, then blow dried her hair on cool. Surprising the Sedu worked great! Even she was surprised at how smooth her hair was and that was before we'd flat ironed!
  3. Comb/Chase Flat iron technique: Ladies & Gents Ferrum Professional Hair Styler prides it self on straightening your hair with less heat, more shine, and more moisture retention. That sounds a little too good to be true right? But after finishing the first section of her hair, I was pretty impressed. I coupled the iron with my Sedu Carbon Flat Iron Comb and worked in 1/2" sections. Surprisingly I was able to get her hair straight with one pass. Yep, ONE PASS. She said that her hair had the volume of a Dominican blowout without the extreme heat and manipulation.
It took me some time to get adjusted to this iron. You have to remember to place the ceramic plated side of the iron on the top of your hair and the satiny fabric plate on the bottom of the hair. My only complaint was the weird static that it created. I was able to kill the static with finishing drop of Sedu Anti-Frizz. It was annoying but not a deal breaker. The instructions suggest to use the iron on it's highest temperature of 450 for kinky hair. I absolutely whole-heartedly disagree. I used the iron on 300 for her 4a curls. She wanted straight hair---not burnt hair! No matter how much healthier this flat iron might be for your hair, it's still direct heat and you should totally use it very sparingly.

Do I love the Ferrum Professional Styler over my Solia Flat Iron? Meh...not yet. But it's growing on me but It is hard to justify the $189 price tag for something that I'll only use 3-4 times a year.

What kind of flat iron to you trust with your tresses?

Besitos!
KLP

18 comments:

  1. Helpful tips and tutorial. I love her hair.

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    1. Isn't it gorge?!? She started her hhj about 2 years ago with an inch of natural roots and 3 inches of over-processed, breaking, and thin relaxed hair. Now she's completely in love with her curls! I'm so happy that I've been witness to her incredible transformation!

      Thanks for stopping by Nerline!

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  2. You did a great job with her hair. Great review on the straighteners... lmao @ 'straight not burnt hair'.

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    1. Thanks Takara. A quick Google search shows that healthy hair burns at 450F damaged hair at temps as low as 250-300. Ain't no body about that life!

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    1. Thanks Lesley! After I finished her hair, I wanted my straight hair back. :/ I hate when that happens!

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  4. Great job! That flat iron sounds really interesting!

    Abbi of BelowtheWaist

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    1. Surprisingly it works really well. I'm just not sure if the results justify that hefty price tag!

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  5. Great results KLP!

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    1. I was amazed at the results too. I guess that the pics don't lie!

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  6. wow, this flat iron works amazingly!
    her hair looks so full of body!
    great job!
    :)
    vanessa

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! I totally wanted to flat iron my hair after her transformation!

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    1. Yes honey! I've had that on my wish list forever!

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