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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Natural Hair Tutorial | Prepare Your Natural Hair For Flat Iron Success

Flat Ironed Fine, Natural Hair

Let's start my 4 years being natural with a flat iron set!!

So I definitely went over board in Confessing My Own Thoughts | The No-Heat Challenge, to where I was done with heat for good. It was nothing but pain and agony in my life. I haven't gotten my hair flat ironed since November 2014...when I did, my hair never reverted and I accepted that I had terrible heat damage.

That's what I'm afraid of is heat damage...it's like death looming over my life. However, I cannot be afraid to use heat every now and again.

Make Sure Your Hair Tools Are Clean

Any tools you are using in you hair (comb, flat iron, blow dryer attachment) needs to be clean to ensure that you are not re-depositing oils, skin cells, and old hair back into your own clean hair. If you don't know how to clean your tools, check out: Don’t Use That Gunky Brush! Tips For Cleaning Your Hair Tools.

Pre-Poo And Detangle Hair

I know from experience that pre pooing hair before washing and styling will make it  1). sustain moisture while washing, 2). prevent the shampoo from "stripping" the natural oils from it, 3). nourish the scalp and roots, 4). and help with detangling the hair. I would suggest using a conditioning carrier oil (coconut, olive, grape seed) when pre pooing for the best results.

Cleaned And Condition Hair

It is very important to cleanse your hair effectively when you plan to straighten it. This is why pre pooing is so important - so your hair will be cleanse effectively, but not dry. The best time to flat iron your hair is immediately following a fresh shampoo and conditioning session (and deep conditioning if necessary).

Use Heat Protectant

Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine Sulfate-Free Shampoo
Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture And Shine Hydrating Conditioner
Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque
ApHogee Curlific Texture Treatment
Carols Daughter Almond Milk Daily Damage RepairLeave-In Conditioner
TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray
CHI Silk Infusion Silk Reconstructing Complex

Once your hair is dry, apply a heat protectant to each section of hair before you flat iron it. Use a serum, thermal spray, natural oil, or something! Don't flat iron your hair without heat protectant...your hair WILL be damaged and WILL need to be cut off because of that damage. So you can use this before drying your hair, before flat ironing your hair, or both. Just make sure to use a heat protectant.

Go Slow and Steady

Do not flat iron your hair when you are in a hurry! When you flat iron your hair you need a slow and controlled movement, to ensure your hair will be straightened and sleek. Make sure to plan on a day where you have no plans but "all about your hair" plan. Be sure to flat iron your hair in small sections to ensure you are passing through with enough heat to not pass through more than twice.

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Once you are finished and you feel the need to give your hair a trim, this would be the perfect time to do so. You may notice that during the chase method your ends were snagging. That would either be single-strand knots or split ends you are working with. Either way, go ahead and give your hair a trim. Let's start fresh!

Wrap Hair at Night

Wrap your hair around your head and tie a satin scarf around your head OR put your hair in a high bun and wrap with your satin scarf. If you want definition, set your hair in Bantu knots, flexirods, flat twists, or other kinds of rollers

Other Tips To Remember:

Flat Ironed Fine, Natural Hair
  • The best time to flat iron is during the cooler months. There is less sweating, which means slower reversion for your hair
  • Avoid humidity by using a shower cap in the shower, an umbrella on rainy days, and a sweat band for working out (do not use a beanie).
  • Oil and butters are not heat protectants! Your hair will literally fry if you add oil + flat iron = burnt hair. Also, they will weigh your hair down. Use a SILICONE based heat protectant (what it's actually created for) to use for flat ironing your hair. Remember, a little product will go a long way. Just use a clarifying shampoo when you are ready to wash to cleanse your hair from all the silicone products used.

Flat Ironed Fine, Natural Hair

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Natural hair says: Be sure to take precaution when flat ironing your hair. If you are not sure how or what to do at any moment, stop and go to a professional to do it. If you want to learn to flat iron your hair, jot these tips down, check out YouTube videos, and try at least every few months.

Always Desire Your Natural,

Christina J

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