Been gone for a minute but I’m still going strong with this long transition to natural hair. I’ve straightened my hair three times since the Straight Hair, Fresh Cut post in January. But now I’m ready to get back to less heat until September. I’m probably going to cornrow it up for a few weeks and wear wigs and twists until I find something else to do with it. One thing that I can say is that straightening my hair more often has significantly reduced detangling and single strand knots. I’m back on the hunt for an anti-humidity serum and might actually give the new version of Sabino Moisture Block (Sabino Lok and Blok) another chance in a few months.
One experiment that went wrong was airdrying my hair in braids and then straightening with a flat iron. I airdryed overnight in about 15 braids and my hair seemed to be very moisturized before flat ironing (I did a lot of research beforehand on the method). Then, I went through my normal routine of applying Chi Silk Infusion and proceeding to flat iron with my trusty Sedu Flat Iron, but when I finished my hair was beyond DRY and snapping everywhere. I went ahead and washed it out just three days later and treated my hair to a serious deep condition. I don’t think I’ll be trying the “airdry to straighten” method again anytime soon!
I don’t know how to curl my hair with my Sedu so I usually place flexirods on dry hair for a few hours. And the first picture is a before and after of my hair from the start (freshly shampooed and deep conditioned wet hair, no extra products added yet) to the finished product (straight hair curled with flexi rods). Don’t let the Before picture fool you… I still have 6 (crown) to 10-12 inches (sides, back, and front) of relaxed hair throughout. Its just hiding very well between my shrinkage on top, lol. I’m even thinking about cutting before the 3 year mark *gasp*. And my texture is so random. The crown area is very coarse and the thickest part of my hair. The sides, back, and front have a looser curl and has natural shine. I have to pay special attention when handling my crown because it breaks easily and just soaks up moisture. I’ll post some larger texture shots soon.
Last, I finally reached BSL!!! After many cuts, trims, and setbacks… I’m almost back to my pre-relaxer length. It’s one of the main reasons I plan on cutting back on the heat. How is your transition going?
Note: I’ll be catching up on comments and emails over the next few days, and I’ll post my other flexi rod pictures tomorrow or Wednesday. Happy Hair Growing!