Hey everybody! It’s defiantly been waaaaaay to long. Life has been hectic! I’m going to let you guys know more about that later. But as for now I’m back and I’ve got so many things to share with you guys!
So, my first post back is going to tackle straightening your natural hair. If you talk to some natural hair stylist they will tell you that if you want healthy natural hair heat is a no-no. I agree to an extent. When I was first learning about my hair I damaged it pretty badly trying to straighten my hair the wrong way. But, I do believe your can straighten your hair from time to time while still keeping it healthy. I’m going to share with you some of the things I always do when I straighten my hair to ensure that I keep it healthy.
If you have read my post about Fighting Frizz you already know I’m a major pre-poo fan. Pre-pooing is when you put a generous amount of oil into your hair and massage your scalp right before washing or co-washing. Doing this helps to kind of pre-cleanse your hair and also to add in some moisture before you wash it, which can sometimes strip too much good moisture out (one of the main reasons I have switched to co-washing).
The next step after I’ve pre-poo’d and cleansed my hair is to condition my hair really well. I rarely straighten my hair so I use this as an opportunity to deep condition my hair. I’ll either use a cholesterol conditioner or just whatever regular deep conditioner I’m using that day. I put the conditioner in my hair and place a plastic cap on it. Depending on how much time I have, I’ll either sit with the cap on for 5-10 minutes or I use a blow dryer to heat the cap for 15-20 minutes. Then I rinse my hair.
The next thing I do is use a leave-in conditioner. I usually use a spray leave-in because I don’t want my hair to be too greasy when I straighten it so that it has a lot of body. Also, because there are still a few more products that I’m going to use. When applying make sure that you comb it completely through your hair from root to tip.
Section and Lightly Oil
The next thing I do is section my hair into four pieces. As I do this I make sure that I comb through it really well and I lightly apply either olive of tea tree oil. During this step I make sure that I’m getting the oil on my scalp mainly but combing it through. I do this because usually when I straighten my hair I keep it straight for a few days and I don’t want my scalp to itch. After I comb through and oil, I braid the section.
Heat Protectant and Blow Dry
Next, I start one section at a time and I spray heat protectant in my hair focusing on my ends. Then I blow dry that section. I do this for every section.
Lightly Add More Heat Protectant and Straighten
Last, I add an oil heat protectant, once again focusing mainly on the ends of my hair. Then I straighten my hair in small sections.
Wrap Your Hair At Night!!!
My last tip is to wrap your hair at night! This is important because it keeps you from having to constantly add heat to your hair while you want it straight. This is the hardest tip for me because honestly I’m just lazy sometimes lol. It really does help though and it helps to protect your natural hair in general.
So this is my go to straightening routine. It has kept my hair safe from heat damage. Remember that heat is bad on your hair no matter what kind of texture you have. Try to keep straightening your hair to a minimum in order to keep it healthy.
I hope these tips are healthful to you! Please, please comment and let me know if you have any tips for me! Thank you so much for reading and I can’t wait to hear from you guys! XOXO