Hair Care Diary: Straight Hair and Fresh Cut For 2010

January 20, 2010

I mentioned that I straightened and cut my hair (2.5-3 inches) a few weeks ago in my 15 month hair transition update on Monday. Today, I’m back with the pictures and my straight hair regimen. Let’s get started!

Straight Hair

Transition to Natural Straight Hairstyle

Ponytail Hairstyle

Hair Flip and Swang!

Pictures on the left are of my hair right after being blown out with the blowdryer. And the right pictures are the morning after being take down from pincurls, wrapped, and unwrapped. That last picture on the left is my attempt at capturing “SWANG” (my hair board members know what I’m talking about, lol) while taking down my wrap. Kudos to the ladies who can catch that while taking the picture themselves, it took me forever to pull that shot off.

I’ve been so happy with my hair the last two weeks… I could have done a few backflips! Wearing my hair in twistouts and buns for the last 8 months has started to bore me and I didn’t realize how much I missed my straight hair until it was back. OooooooooO I missed it so much! No spending extra time finger detangling, twisting, or trying to figure out what I was going to do with my hair when someone needed me to do something on the fly. I just woke up every morning, undid my pincurls, shook my hair and ran out the house. And it felt good!

Also, it hit me that since I now know how to get my hair relaxer straight without the relaxer, I will NEVER have to get one again. My hair did not start reverting until WEEK 2. Another thing is that I’m completely over the “heat damage” scenario. It’s just hair!!! And I know that my hair will be fine as long as I continue to use the right products and techniques when straightening. I’ve decided to at least wear my hair straight every 2-3 months or whenever I feel like it. What’s the point of having hair when you can’t enjoy it any way you want to… when you want to? I feel like I’ve just discovered the secret that will allow me to continue my long transition to natural hair… Feeling like I can make it 3 years without a big chop FOR REAL! 16 months (next week) down and 20 more months to go.

Enough with my excitement, let me tell you what I did and what hair products I used.

Tools Used:
- My Sedu Flat Iron
- Gold & Hot Ionic Flat Iron w/ Comb Attachment

Hair Products Used (in order):
- Keracare 1st Lather Shampoo (used to clarify)
- Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo
- Aphoghee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor (used to strengthen my strands)
- Elasta QP DPR-11 Deep Conditioner w/ Olive Oil added
——————————- (below added section by section before blowdryer)
- Lacio Lacio Leave In Conditioner
- Nexxus Heat Protexx
- Organix Vanilla Silk Blow Dry Cream
——————————- (below straightening products added section by section before Sedu)
- Fantasia Heat Protector Straightening Serum
- Chi Silk Infusion

The Process:
I shampooed my hair, applied my treatment, deep conditioned, blowdryed my hair on warm, flatironed with my Sedu on 360 degrees (I’ll probably take that down to 310 degrees next go round), and pincurled to go to sleep. When I woke up the next morning, I wrapped my hair for 10 minutes to loosen the curls and took it down. And let me add that I’m back to using my Chi Silk Infusion… I will never use anything other than this serum when straightening my hair again! Not Sabino Moisture Block (especially since the company recently changed the formula and I’ve been hearing complaints about the new one) or anything else… No more bandwagons for me, I’m sticking with Chi!

Curly HairstyleThe picture to the right is my hair this morning on Day 14 right after I woke up. You can clearly see that my roots have started to revert. During Week 2, I pincurled my hair really tight and wore it big… I mean it looks huge and fluffy, very similar to my Rollerset on Transitioning Hair post picture after I finger comb and brush it out. I’m going to wash it tomorrow and try a few new hairstyles out.

As for the update on my hair growth and length, I’m trying hard not to set any length specific goals anymore. I figure if I keep it healthy, it will keep growing and be where I want it to be in due time. When I first straightened my hair, the longest layers were past BSL and dare I say maybe MBL. After cutting my hair… it’s about an inch above BSL. This is actually the longest my hair has been since I was 16 and had my first relaxer. My hair went from drifting between BSL-MBL to a couple inches below ear length in about a year from bad hair cuts and horrible hair care back then. So you know I’m excited to have a little hangtime back. I took some length and comparison photos that I’ll probably post next week… I think I’ve posted enough so I’ll end this one and update the website again soon.

Are there any straight naturals out there or any ladies who have or are currently transitioning with heat? I want to hear your thoughts because I may just take the plunge!

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Stacey January 21, 2010 at 2:50 am

Welcome back! Your hair looks great!

Shawna January 21, 2010 at 9:42 am

WOW!!!!! You have a lot of hair. My hairdresser uses the Sedu at my salon on my hair too.

Flour January 21, 2010 at 10:55 am

I hear you girlie about enjoying your hair! That’s what it’s all about:)
I’m also growing out my relaxer without cutting my hair, and am so happy I found your site. Very inspiring!!!

Dani January 21, 2010 at 6:48 pm

@ Stacey – Thanks :)

@ Flour – Thanks for stopping by! Yes, I decided to just do whatever I feel like now. At some point the endless protective styling and monotonous regimen just gets old.

Anyway, I just bookmarked your blog and will be a daily visitor. I am such a FOODIE!

selina March 30, 2010 at 3:56 pm

I have been transitioning for 6 months. I tried to stick to complete abstinence from heat for the first four months or so, but then started washing, deep conditioning and then straightening every two weeks. I cut back washing my hair to every two weeks because I didnt want to use heat every week. This method has worked ok so far, my hair is in pretty good condition and my stress levels are at a minimum! BUT on the down side I do notice a few ends that have broken off in my bathroom a day or two after I have used the straightners. So i have come to the conclusion that I should cut out use of the heat if I want my hair to really grow.

cutiepieCALI May 18, 2010 at 9:26 pm

So you add the above serums (chi & fantasia) before each pass with the flat iron (like inch section) or just to each larger section after blow dry? Sry if i sound crazy lol

natasha October 24, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Love the hair I am transitioning, I am on week 10. I am hating my hair. This website is inspiration.

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