A couple of weeks ago I was so frustrated with my hair. I tried to get it braided, but the braiding shop was booked. I then tried to make an appointment at the salon to get it flat ironed, but I got nervous because I don't trust anyone in my hair at this point. So I decided to straighten it myself. I hadn't straightened my hair once since my big chop in June. I knew it could mess up my curl pattern, but I felt so bad about my hair that I had to try something. My hair is kinky, but I have no definite curl pattern. If anything, it would loosen my curls/kinks, which isn't a bad thing. Even though my hair is pretty soft, it shrinks up about 95%.
Here are the results of my flat iron:
I didn't blow dry it, I just air dried in twists and then flat ironed. I HATED the heat protectant I used (Tresemme). It made my hair feel hard and dry and tangled. I was shocked how easy it was to flat iron my hair. I set my flat iron to 265 degrees and only had to go over my hair once in most areas. However, ,my ends were so bad that they wouldn't even get straight and curl. So I trimmed about 1/4 of an inch. The next day I bought some Jane Carter Nourish and Shine and that really moisturized and softened my hair. I can't believe I'm just trying this. It's really good, even at the high price.
I didn't love it, but I liked it, and I got a boost of confidence seeing my growth. I wore it straight for about a week, and either used satin rollers or tied the sides down at night. For my next wash, I was excited to see if the trim I gave myself would make my twistouts look better, and it did!
After washing and conditioning, I used the tension method to stretch my hair out a little. This made it sooo much easier to apply and distribute product. When I took my twists out the next day, my curls weren't that defined, but I didn't use any gel or holding product, so I expected that. I was just happy my hair was moist and looked cute. I decided (out of boredom) to put 4 cornrows on one side. A couple of days later, I re-twisted with a little gel on the ends, and my hair looked so much better.
I don't want to flat iron my hair too much if I can help it, but it's a nice change every month or two.