The Hair Chronicles

Several of you have asked what I used to straighten my hair this weekend. I figured: “Why not use your new blog as a platform?!”

So here you have it, my first post about my natural hair on my blog about all things life!

I straighten my hair every three months for variety and, more specifically, to check length. Each time I straighten my hair I try something a little different. This time my results were by far the best I have had! See!

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Before I start explaining my regimen (this time around) I will let you know that I subscribe to Curlbox. What’s that you ask? Let’s see what their website says!

is an affordable, Exclusive and effortless way to explore new hair products. You can discover hand-selected curly hair products delivered to your doorstep every month. Every month subscribers receive 5-7 quality hair product samples for $25 per month. Cancel anytime.

I absolutely love it and I do believe it’s worth the $25 a month! I get full sized products to try out before I buy them. I also follow several natural hair accounts on Instagram to get ideas about products that work. More specifically, I follow women who have a curl patterns similar to mine. My curl pattern is a mix of 3c/4a. I would encourage you to do the same! It’s a great way to discover both products and new styles.

Several of the products I used this go’round were products from Curlbox.

I started by washing my hair with two different types of shampoo. I typically use one but, as I was washing my hair I realized I didn’t have any heat protectant. Straightening your hair with no heat protectant is a BIG no no! I had to improvise. I remembered I had a heat therapy shampoo from a curlbox I got months ago!

First, I shampooed twice with Mizani True Textures Curl Balance Shampoo. Then, I shampooed once with Motions Heat styled Straight Finish Cleanser. I typically shampoo three times. Why do I shampoo three times? I have no clue! LOL The only explanation I have is that I’m a little weird and have a “my hair must be completely clean” complex. Both of the shampoos I used came from Curlbox. It appears that Amazon sells the Mizani for about $12 and Motions can be found at target for about $7.

Next, I conditioned with Tresemme’ naturals aloe and avocado nourishing moisture conditioner. I bought this at Target for less than $5. I then deep conditioned with Henna and Placenta which, can be found at Sallys in little packets for about $3. One packet is typically good enough to treat my hair. I’m pretty weird about conditioning as well. I take REALLY good care of my hair and do EVERYTHING  can to prevent breakage. Because of my convictions I do not cut or trim my hair. I have been transitioning for almost two years and have experienced NO traumatic breakage. Don’t believe the “you have to big chop” hype! I have found that the H&P works miracles when it comes to straightening.  I only use the H&P when I straighten my hair. From my research, henna does a great job of conditioning in general. I haven’t ventured out into the pure henna but, one day I may. I left the H&P on finished showering, put a plastic cap on, and stat in bed for about 30 minutes under a little heat. I typically sit under a hooded dryer.

At this point I was still freaking about about not having heat protectant. Being the researcher I am I researched “natural heat protectants”. I found out that shea butter works! Thankfully, I have a tub of  African Shea butter, that I have had for about 2 years. The stuff is amazing! I paid about $5 for it at the beauty supply store. Go get some (it makes your legs look awesome too)!

After I rinsed the conditioner out I took an old t-shirt and dried my hair a little. I do NOT use regular towels on my hair. I read somewhere that using a regular towel tends to pull your hair out. No bueno! T-shirts work better. After I dried my hair a little I divided it into 4 sections and put about a nickle size worth of  Elasta QP Olive Oil Mango moisturizer on each section. I bought this product from WalMart for about $4. I then took a little of the shea butter and did the same.As I went through each section I used my Denman brush to detangle. These brushes are FABULOUS. If you don’t have one and you are natural GO GET ONE! And please don’t be cheap like I was initially and get the off brand…I broke the poor thing LOL. Get the real deal. They run about $10, yep that much for a brush. You can purchase one at Sallys or online. It’s worth it! I don’t really use combs, aside from a wide tooth comb.

I blew my hair out a section at a time (with a blow dryer I have had since middle school hahaha! ).

I then took to straightening it. I have a Chi air flat iron (thanks to my wonderful sister and nephew). They run anywhere from $69-$139.00. Well worth the investment! I think she got mine from Target.

I start in the back of my head and part and flat iron in sections as I make my way to the front. I part my hair (from left to right) in quarter inch thick rows and divide each row into inch thick column like sections.

Before I flat ironed each section, I put a TINY bit more shea butter and a bit of Acai Brazillian Blowout Dry Oil on the section. This product was another great curlbox item! It’s sold for about $20 online (now you see why I love the curlbox!). That’s expensive for that size of a bottle in my book! After trying the oil I can honestly say $20 is worth it! You don’t have to use a lot of it  so, the bottle should last you a long time.

The way I style and part my hair depends on how I feel.

At night I wrap my hair and put on a silk scarf and a satin bonnet. If I sleep with my hair uncovered it’s because I’m sleeping on a satin pillow case. Regular pillow cases tend to snag my hair. I told you: I’m a stickler who takes REALLY good care of her hair!

Andddd, there you have it:  a play-play- of my hair straightening regiment!

As I stated earlier this time was my best straightening thus far!  I do believe I will stick with this product line up for my March length check.

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xoxo,

Sass with Sensibility

Here are photos of the products

 

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