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From Curly to Straight in Less Than 1 Hour

From curly... 

to straight...

My hair has grown a lot since I stopped relaxing. The transition took a long time, about two years, so I'm not about to damage it again. Wearing my hair natural has helped my hair to gain strength and thickness. But sometimes I just want to wear it straight and that means being careful not to damage it.

You've been sending me question about blowouts and how I go from curly to straight without doing severe damage. When it comes to hair growth, I have two key pieces of advice for you. Make sure to give your natural hair moisture and go the extra mile to protect it from heat. That's how I achieved the results in the before and after growth pic below.

April to December 2017 with trims here and there

 You should know that I haven't been to a hairstylist in a very long time. Not because I can't find a good one, there's many talented stylists in Toronto. I just prefer to do my hair myself myself. Actually, anyone that knows me will tell you that I love♥ doing my own hair. It seems to be the only way I get the results I truly want.

There are many ways to straighten your hair. This is how I do mine and I end up with silky and smooth results that lasts for days, sometimes a week.  Maybe this process help you love doing your own hair too.  

Supplies

Shampoo & Conditioner  (See below for my recent faves)
Rusk thermal serum ♥
Blow Dryer and the concentrator attachment
Large round boar-bristle brush
Fine-tooth comb with a fine tail for separating and combing through small sections 
Large hair clips to separate the sections of your hair

My Process


Start with a good wash and dry

  1. Shampoo your hair at least two times to remove any product build up, giving your head a good massage each time. Make sure you rinse out all of the shampoo. 
  2. Work a good sized glob of conditioner in to your hair, starting from the scalp work it down to the ends. Gently comb out the tangles. Leave the conditioner in at least for 5 minutes, 20 minutes if you want a deep treatment. Rinse thoroughly. 
  3. Dab your hair gently and then wrap it in a t-shirt for a couple of minutes.
  4. Spray about three pumps of UniqOne into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and then apply it to your damp hair starting from the ends working it up to the scalp. Comb through the leave-ins.
  5. Part the hair into 4 sections with one part down the middle and one across from ear to ear. Clip up each section.
  6. Now it's time to blow dry. I recommend that use the medium heat setting with the highest blow pressure. The hottest setting is tempting but although it may dry your hair faster, it can leave you with permanent damage.
  7. Starting with one of the bottom sections, part out a small section using the tail of the comb. Basically, you're going to begin your blow-dry from the base of the neck, and work your way up to the front hair line. Blow dry each section using the round brush. Starting from the scalp, keep pulling the hair through the brush, while slowly twirling the brush until the hair is dry and semi-smooth. Leave me a comment if you want more info about this step.
  8. As you finish drying each section, clip it down.

Smooth it out with a flat iron

  1. Make sure your flat iron is set to 400° or lower. I recommend that you use Rusk Thermal Serum to protect your hair from the heat and to help the iron glide through the hair. Squeeze out a small glob on a plate so you can dab a small bit for each section before flat ironning.
  2. With the hair in 4 sections, start with one of the bottom sections again. 
  3. Part out a small, flat section of hair. Dab your finger into the glob of Rusk serum and apply it to the hair trying your best to cover each strand. Comb it through.
  4. Starting close to the scalp, with comb upside down, position the fine tooth comb behind the flat iron so that it's sort of guiding the hair as you pull the iron through to the ends of the hair.
  5. You should only have to pull the iron through each section of the hair once to get smooth results but sometimes I run it through a second time. 
Voila! The end result should be smooth, straight hair...if not, send me a message and we'll get it straight. 

For ongoing maintenance between straightening, pin up or wrap your hair according to your style and cover it with a silk scarf or head tie of your choice. Doing this will help to keep your edges and hair style smooth while you sleep. If not, you'll find yourself applying heat very often and that's not good for you hair.

Take care of your hair and you'll love it more.

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Recent Favorites

Shampoo and Conditioners

Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner
Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal
Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deeper Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner 
Pantene Pro-V Ultimate 10 Conditioner



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