Kindra, from NC.com recently straightened her hair, and the results are PHENOMENAL! Of course, I asked her to dish…so, here you go:
I try to keep the process as simple as possible. It may sound like alot, but it really isn’t. And I feel that the more precautions and care you take, the less likely you’ll experience any damage, and as someone who does this multiple times a year, I’ve never sustained any damage(or change in texture). I did VERY early on in my journey back in ’04(when I didn’t know what the hell I was doing and was also using damaging color on my hair), but I haven’t since.
- First I wash my hair with Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo(or Elucence Volume Clarifying Shampoo).
- I next condition my hair with Elucence Moisture Balance Conditioner, leaving it on for atleast 30 minutes under a cap, and wrapped in a towel. I prefer using my natural body heat than dry heat.
- I detangle, adding a bit more conditioner to sections of hair(4), and cover back up. Once in shower, I do a lukewarm/cool rinse, twist back up, and wrap in towel.
- After allowing the towel to soak up excess water, I apply Elucence again as my leave in and then Alagio Smoothing Balm before lightly blowdrying into a fluffy afro (a la Diana Ross, lol).
- After done, I apply alittle bit of avocado oil and then section off to straighten. I applied Kemo Oyl pomade(with a light hand) to four sections. And for each piece I was straightening, I added a little bit more. You have to be careful not to over-do it because shea butter can be heavy, and too much will leave you with limp, sorta oily/greasy hair. None of which I experience when doing this.
- I work from the back to the front, and after flat-ironing, I lightly oil the ends of my hair, and wrap up in a satin scarf for the night. The next day, I take down, comb or finger style and go. I don’t have to retouch or anything.
The pics below are on day three, and it looks even better than it did on day one. 🙂