Now, Flat Ironing Natural Hair (My Way)
I decided to flat iron my hair a while back. A lot of naturalistas believe that flat ironing natural hair is damaging to your hair. If you protect your tresses before and after the flat ironing, you WILL be fine!
When flat ironing my hair, I take what I consider to be the 'necessary' precautions in order to protect my tresses... AND... I only flat iron my hair once a year (as a length check!!)
I started by deep conditioning my hair with Pantene Medium-Thick Hair Solutions -- Treatment: Intensive Restoration Treatment. Although the container says to keep it on your hair for FIVE minutes, I kept it on mine for 35 minutes. I also put it in a deep condtioning cap and let it really sweat under there!
|Deep Conditioning "shower cap" -- Sold @ my local beauty supply.|
Once my 'hair squeeze' was complete, I put a light amount of Tresemme, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), Oil Sheen (Afro Sheen) on my hair. This was done so that my hair would be coated before I put the blow dryer to it! -- NOW COMES THE BLOW DRYING!! --
I blew my hair ALMOST completely dry with the blow dryer. I kept it a little damp, since the flat iron would be drying it as well. That's a LOT of heat for one 'hair transaction' as I like to call it... So, I make provisions where needed, for my hair.
|The front has been blown 'almost' dry, the back is waiting patiently.|
|The Flat Ironing Process!! Yep, it's hard work!! :)|
Finally complete! Here is the finished product:
|Right Side View|
|All made up and ready to go! :)|
I hope my explanation was a good one, folks!! If you have any questions, PLEASE don't hesitate to ask!! Blessings, folks!