Afro-Rican Problems

Hey people. So I was really hoping that this post would show off my excellent flat iron skills, but I was wrong. It ended up being a realization that the fight with humidity is mad real. But although I had some issues, trust and believe I know what I’m doing.

So my big concern right now during my transition is heat damage. At the beginning of my journey I was using a titanium flat iron with very little heat protectant. For months now I’ve been laying low on straightening my hair and instead using low manipulation styles to try and help my curls bounce back. Since I wanted to wear it straight, I went back to my ceramic flat iron and found a protectant during a product hunt at Target.

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There were several products to choose from but I ended up settling on the Jane Carter Solution Creamy Leave in Styling Smoother. This product was especially designed to protect natural and transitioning hair during heat styling which was perfect for me and I found it to be very moisturizing without weighing my hair down.

Since I was going to flat iron my hair I decided to begin the process by doing a hot oil treatment for added protection. After sitting under the dryer for a few minutes I followed up by washing my hair with Carol’s Daughter Monoi shampoo and conditioner.

After cleansing my hair I used a few pumps of the leave in moisturizer and coated my hair from root to tip. I then blow dried my hair in sections. Here’s a look at it after blow drying. It’s big, huh?

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I added another two pumps to my dried hair for more protection before flat ironing. Next I began to flat iron by parting it in horizontal sections from the back of my hair and working forward. When I was done I wrapped my hair and went to sleep.

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At the end of the day the humidity proved to be stronger and caused my hair to inflate a little. I mean it was ok but I know what my hair can do so I decided to do a small touch up. Since the moisturizer evaporated a little I added a small amount of protecting cream.

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As you can see the end result was great. I was completely satisfied with the way it turned out. My hair lasted for about a week and kept it smooth by wrapping it each night.

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Like I said before, my main concern at this point is protecting my hair when heat styling. During my next wash I checked to see if my curls bounced back and they did.

It looks as though I’ve found a product that works great for me. Although I found this great product, I’m going to continue to wear low manipulation styles until my hair is 100% natural.

Well that’s all for now guys. Make sure to follow the blog and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter at @_curlyncurvy. See you next time!