Wednesday, December 24, 2014

How To Flat Iron (Transitioning, Relaxed, or Natural Hair) | #WashDayExperience


I can't believe that it's been 6 months since the last time that I straightened my hair! I'm utterly flabbergasted. Once a upon a time, I used to flat iron daily---then I cut back to weekly---now I'm down to three times a year. I think that it's safe to say that my hair is benefiting from much less direct heat but I'm actually excited for the change!



Straightening my hair is a tedious process. So, I have a love/annoyed relationship with my straight hair. Detangling is most of the annoyance. I ditched my combs for finger detangling this year, so I find that when it's time to straighten, I have to combat tons of tiny single strand knots. I work slowly---probably toooooo slowly trying to be gentle and use a little less manipulation. It's definitely a 2-3 hour labor of love. Here's how I straighten my hair:



  1. Pre-shampoo- I started by fully detangling using my fingers and slathering each section with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner. Pre-shampooing with conditioner elongates my curly roots which makes everything else on wash day easier.
  2. Shampoo- Next, I hopped into the shower for 5 minutes to rinse the conditioner completely. I clarified with KeraCare 1st Lather Shampoo to remove build up and then once more shampoo with KeraCare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo to get my hair squeaky clean. Clean hair = light bouncy straightened hair.
  3. Extreme Deep Condition- Next, I deep conditioned with Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Conditioner then put my hair into 6 loose bantu knots, covered with a plastic cap and let it sit for a few hours. In hindsight, I should have sat under my hooded dryer or heat cap to help the conditioner penetrate more effectively.
  4. Leave ins- After I fully rinsed each section, I wrapped my hair in a cotton t-shirt to remove some of the water. Then I applied a little It's 10 Miracle Leave In then Chi Silk Infusion. Then I finished by cool air tension drying with my Solia Blower.
  5. Flat iron- I coupled my Ferrum Iron with a Sedu Carbon Flat Iron Comb to do the comb and chase method as I flat ironed my hair in 1/4' sections. Two passes were enough to get my hair smooth and super straight. But it still took forever to do.


The Results:
My hair has body and is soooo soft. I've never been able to say either in the past when I was flat ironing weekly.It's actually voluminous. And I LOVE IT! My bangs are still thriving hoovering between BSL and MBL. By my ends definitely took a hit from my detangling debacle a few months ago. This straightening session was totally bitter sweet.



I gave myself about an inch trim as I flat ironed and slightly rolled the flat iron around the ends for my feathered wavy Christmas Eve look. I promise length check pictures are coming down the pipeline. But now---it's time for me to go sing happy birthday to Jesus, celebrate, and enjoy my minions/hubby!

Merry Christmas chicas!



28 comments:

  1. Look at that volume! Great results! I love how simple your regimen is to straighten your hair. Enjoy your family! Happy Holidays.

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    1. It's funny that my regimen is simpler for straight hair than it is for any other style! Weird right?

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  2. Lool yesss! That hand looked like a church wave! Lol. I always get scared of flat ironing because I'm afraid it won't revert but you and Just Grow Already seem to have it pat! Love it!

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    1. OMGosh...I'm dead from laughing girl! You're so crazy!

      I keep the temp as low as possible + using the comb/chase method helps me to only make one or two passes on each section. I have to remind myself that my hair just won't get bone straight after flat ironing the way that it did when I was completely relaxed.

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  3. I love the hair! Merry Christmas, KLP!

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    1. Thanks Nerline! Same to you and your beautiful family!

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  4. Loving the volume and thickness girly! The curls are fab as well :)

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  5. Gorgeous thickness, Merry Christmas KLP! x

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  6. Amazing flat iron results, KLP! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!! :)

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    1. It was truly a labor of love girl...You have no idea how many times I was ready to quit! LOL. Happy Holidays!

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  7. Merry Christmas KLP!! Your hair looks gorg!

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    1. Thanks Candice! I miss your posts!

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    1. Happy Holidays Yemi! Thanks so much!

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  9. It looks great! For sure a labor of love! Merry Christmas!

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  10. Silky and bouncy, love it! Your hair is gorge

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    1. Thanks so much Sandra! I'm so happy for the change!

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  11. Love the volume!!!!
    Looks amazing!
    Merry Christmas :)

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    1. Thanks Britt! My bone straight relaxed hair NEVER had half of this volume girl!

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  12. It looks suuuper bouncy! KLP with straight hair is such a different look for us. Loves either way!

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    1. I did a double take in the mirror the other day. It feels so weird to see myself with straight hair! I'm just not used to it anymore

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  13. You're practically glowing in these pics, wow! Your hair looks soo bouncy and I love the waves. Hope you had a great Christmas!

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    1. Thanks Lam! My skin usually sucks in the winter, but I think that I snapped this pictures in really good light! Happy Holidays!

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  14. I tried the comb chase method the other day and the jury is still out. While my hair got straighter on one pass, I'm unsure if I like the extra manipulation. Your hair looks great....super bouncy and healthy.

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    1. I completely feel you about the manipulation girl! Running a fine tooth comb through my hair makes me cringe too. But considering that I have the same amount of hair loss on a flat iron day as I do on a low manipulation style day coupled with the fact that I don't flat iron often (only 3 times this year), I think that my hair will survive. (Hopefully! LOL) Thanks for stopping by chica!

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