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Scared of Straightening

Written by  Curly NOLA

(InthekNOwla) -- Well for the last few weeks, I have been alternationg between wearing a Wet Twist-Out and doing a wash-and-go. I've slacked a little on deep conditioning treatments and my curls have definitely missed them. So I intend to get back to those asap!

Now, I've said before that during my relaxer days, I used to roller set my hair, flat iron the roots, if necessary, and then wrap it every night before going to bed. And let me tell you, the flat iron was my best friend, especially during those weeks leading up to getting the relaxer! But now, as a natural, I know how much heat can damage natural hair and I decided stop using flat irons even when I was having my hair roller set. As a result, it's been since about October 2009 since the last time I had my hair flat ironed.

With that being said, let's look back at the last three weekends: formal party, dance recital, graduation, and anniversary party. For these events, I really wanted to have straight hair. I had had my hair roller set in March 2010, but no flat iron. So I thought, this would be a good time to see how long my hair had grown after all this time...and in order to see the proper length, of course, it needed to be as straight as possible.

So, for the first week, I had my mom roller set my hair because she can pull the rollers really tight, therefore lessening the need to flat iron the roots too much. I had her flat iron the roots just a little bit cuz I was scared of the damage it could do. So my hair was a little big, but manageable. However, the second week, my mom wasn't around, so I had to set it...and my damn hair needed JESUS!!! My hair is extra long AND extra wavy...you should have seen how many clips I had in these rollers trying to keep them curls restrained!!! But I wasn't worried cuz I knew my sister was home to flat iron...and she is a PRO with the flat iron. After drying, I sat down for the heat. And when she was done, baby, it looked like I had just gotten a relaxer. I was too happy, swinging it, rubbing my hands thought it and all that!!! I LOVED it and for a minute, I thought, "Hmmm, maybe I should go back to relaxers again." But let me reassure you, it was only a MINUTE!

I wore that style for a week and went to wash it for one more week of straight-wearing. As I'm washing my hair, I'm noticing that my roots are not getting so curly and when I put the conditioner in, the comb just slid through so easily. Now you know I'm getting beaucoup nervous! "What if it never curls again?" "Is my hair ruined forever?" "Will I have to cut it all off?" After I finished washing, I roller set my hair again, but was too afraid to flat iron it for fear of more damage. I left it straight for all of 2 days. I couldn't wait to wash it again to see if my life had been ruined.

So now, it's the fourth week, and I've washed my hair twice. And with each wash, my curls and waves continue to come back...they're not back to their full capacity yet, but I think they're on their way (at least that's what I tell myself).

Now of course, I've read about how important it is to use some type of heat protectant before flat ironing and to use a low heat setting on the flat iron. And of course, I didn't have any heat protectant and told my sister just to get it as straight as possible (which meant as hot as possible). Different people have recommened Mizani's Thermastrength and BioSilk to me. So should I EVER decide to flat iron again, I'll be SURE to follow those two rules.

And truthfully, I missed my curls so much...the whole Barbie look was good, but after that first week, I quickly got tired of all the maintenance it took. It felt so good to have big, curly hair after two weeks. I think I can definitely say now that I will NEVER go back...I am Naturally New Orleans baby!

Last modified on Wednesday, 11 August 2010
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