Hair Diary || Protective While Straight
This will be a monthly series in which I discuss my hair journey from now through my 5-year nappiversary in February 2013.
After three weeks in flat twists with twists (see earlier post), I flat-ironed my hair for an event. It was more out of necessity than desire, but I enjoy the temporary change-up from my usual routine of twists.
If you choose to flat iron your natural tresses, be sure you are aware of AND prepared for the possible risks (e.g., split ends, heat damage, breakage). I purposely refrained from flat ironing my hair during the early part of my natural journey because I did not want to risk a setback. Now that I am at a comfortable point in my hair care journey, I do not mind straightening my hair once in a while (~3 times a year).
I started with freshly washed, detangled, and conditioned hair that was air dried in ~12 braids. (See this page for my wash-condition-seal regimen.) Then I undid each braid, applied Proclaim heat protectant generously, and proceeded to flat iron smaller sections with a maximum of two passes.
HAIR FOR THE NEXT FEW WEEKS:
My straightened hair will be in pinned up jumbo twists for the next two weeks (if not three). Just because my hair is straight does not mean I can shy away from protective styling altogether. On the weekends, I might wear twistouts, depending on my mood.
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