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What had happened was…

by kcurly on May 10, 2012

in Healthy Hair Tips,Progress-Length and Health,Straight Natural Styling,Tips,Uncategorized


…I decided to go ahead and flat iron my hair. I was on a No Heat Challenge until June of this year but once I thought about it, I realized that’s insane. I live in Humidity City, USA and by June things will be completely out of hand. Plus I want to get back to the pool by June, both for training and for fun with the kids!

As usual I did things differently than the last time I flat ironed. Honestly, I am still trying to perfect this process. Since I only flat iron every few months, that doesn’t give me a lot of practice. However, I’m improving with each try. Below is what I did this time around.

Here are some pictures of the process

After blow out


I put it up in a ponytail because the roots were still a bit damp and I was waiting for them to air dry.That's when I noticed that my edges still had a bit of conditioner in them that I'd neglected to wash out. It was causing a flaky residue.

I ended up having to rinse my edges (very carefully!) to get the product out. I was rewarded with these little ringlets. As you may have read, my edges are recovering from post partum shedding. The area is thin but has had pretty good growth considering that they were near bald at one point

Close up

The product that I used from Garnier was just something I picked up in the grocery store. My main goal this time around was to use a ton of silicones in my products. I normally use a non- silicone deep conditioner and then use ‘cones in my heat protectant or leave in. I figured I might as well use them all the way through. That was my first change.

My second was using flexi rods, which have been under my bathroom sink since Moses was a baby, to stretch out the hair before blow drying it. I think the last time I straightened my hair, I did a  rollerset with an attempt to get it as smooth as possible. This time, I was just trying to stretch the hair out and get it mostly dry. It was faster than rollersetting the other way and I just wasn’t in the mood.

Back to the product from Garnier. What I used is called Garnier Blow Dry Perfector Straightening Balm, Sleek and Shine.

Once I got home with it, I saw that it got ok reviews. And although it doesn’t really say anything about heat protection, one of the first ingredients is Amodimethicone which works as a heat protectant, as do most silicones. I almost picked up a similar looking product from Garnier called Garnier Fructis Style Sleek and Shine Blow Dry Perfector Kit.

This stuff really put doubt in my mind. First, it said that it lasted up to 7 shampoos. That sounds like some kind of relaxer or Brazilian Keratin Treatment to me. And I’m scared to death that one day one of these companies is going to sneak some kind of relaxing agent into their products. Also, there are warnings not to use it on relaxed hair, bleached hair, and you need to wear gloves when applying it? Heck no! Something ain’t right!

So I get home and read the reviews. I dodged a bullet. The reviews on Amazon are HORRIBLE! People’s hair falling out, texture forever damaged. It’s scary what some of these companies will put on the market. Anyway, please don’t confuse what I used with that kit.


Anyhoo, here is the finished result. I have to say, it turned out nicely. I pin curled my hair to wear it down but mostly I’ve been wearing it in a bun.

Pin curls

I pinned kind of big sections because I've found that if I use smaller sections, it creates more volume.

Would it be triflin' if I wore this out somewhere? ;)

Pulled my curls forward

Even thought it turned out nicely, I was still a little disappointed that my hair hasn’t appeared to have grown much since the last time I straightened it. Excuse me, I hadn’t retained much length since the last time I straightened it. At any rate, here is my length check.

As my hair gets longer, it gets harder to take pictures. This photo is courtesy of my 5 year old. I knew he'd start earning his keep around here! lol

This was almost a year ago vs today

So I see a little growth. Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty happy with my length but I would love to see waist length just to say that I did it. I know that I’ve not been pampering my hair as I should so this is my own fault.

All I can do is try again…no regrets, right?




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  • Cia

    Looks so luscious! I am on a one year no heat challenge but looking at yours is seriously tempting!

    What did you use to roll your hair on the flexirods?

  • kcurly

    Cia, hold strong to your challenge, girl! in an effort to let it dry faster, I didn’t put anything on it before putting on the flexi rods.

  • Derika

    Your hair is beautiful! I’m 2 months into transitioning and I’m so excited to start my natural hair journey! Your hair looks so healthy! I’m 4 months pregnant and I’m scared about postpartum hair loss. Please pray for me!

  • kcurly

    Praying Derika!!

  • Reine

    Fabulous job! I’m happy to maintain collar bone length, but will gladly enjoy waist length through your pics! The lipstick gives a glam 40’s vibe.

  • Annabel

    Your hair looks beautiful, love the pin curls! I don’t think it would be trifling at all to wear your pin curls out, very vintage chic! And thanks for the heads up about the Garnier kit, will definitely avoid that!

  • gold price

    What was your starting length for growing your hair? (twa, chin, shoulders, etc.) I cut my hair pretty short about 4 years ago on a whim. Maybe like ear length. Before that it was always around shoulder length, no longer. I always wanted longer hair, but just thought that I couldn’t grow it because it never got any longer than that. What was you regime as you grew your hair out? Mostly conditioner washing, I use gentle shampoo diluted with a lot of water about once a week. Lots of deep conditioning with my heat cap. Seamless combs. Basically gentle care, moisture and no heat or chemicals. Being consistent with this simple routine and waiting a long time is what has lead me to waist length What styles did you wear? Well, I went through some periods of keeping my hair up pretty much exclusively, but now I wear it down probably like 2 times a week, up the rest of the time.

  • Ask Nia B

    Your hair looks lovely!! Postpartum hair loss is something else. I have a 9 month old and the same thing happened to my edges, but I actually didn’t even waste too much time on the loss; I convinced myself it’s only hair and will return (lol).
    Looking at your hair from a year ago looks like you retained quite a bit! But, I know how it is when you set expectation ;-)

  • Fleurzty

    Your hair looks beautiful! I love the picture your 5 year old took. Ty is a master of the camera too. He loves taking pics and is actually getting good at it. I wonder where he gets that from :)

  • Simone

    LOL! My 5 year old is my back up photog too. your hair is beautiful as usual. Happy growing

  • maria

    *gasp* OMG beautiful! I came over here from LHCF just to see your progress. You know I heart your hair curly and straight. I remember when you did the BC and started your blog. Its amazing how much our hair changes the more confident we are with it. Congrats on your healthy, luscious locs. Oh and congrats on your weight loss!

  • Veggie210

    Its been a while since I’ve visited. The wraps are cute and your hair looks fabulous!! I am trying to grow my hair out….I have finally stopped getting it cut after two years!

  • Oja

    Your hair is so thick and beautiful! Love your blog.

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