Isabella’s Straightening Experiment

I’m not really into straightening, I’ll admit it. Honestly, I’m borderline against it. I’ve heard way too many stories about women going to town with their flat iron for days on end, then wonder why their hair didn’t revert (cross fingers mine does!!). I’m currently part of a “Curly ‘Til Christmas” Challenge on LHCF, and we get one pass. And you guys know me…who am I to give up a pass? That’s like wasting a vacation day! So I decided to straighten Izzy to see what she would look like. Here’s what I did –

– The day before I DC’ed…

– I forgot the Cherry Lola Treatment!! Uggh…my hair is resilient to EVERYTHING and CL opens it up a little.

– Cowashed as normal

– Applied Karen’s Body Beautiful Hair Milk for my blow out…

Omg. The blow out! I’m sorry for even saying this, but after blowing out my hair I can’t even blame my mother for giving me a relaxer. That was WORK. I was like sweating in my bathroom (and I used the low heat setting on my dryer – a Chi Turbo). But, I will say, I loved how my hair looked blown out – it was huge!!!

Look at how big Izzy is – hey girl! I sort of wanted to rock my hair like this for a few days, but I convinced myself that my purpose was the flat iron, and I should get to that…

To iron, I used my Redken Smooth Down as my heat protectant, along with Komaza’s Shea Butter Lotion for extra moisture. I did two passes on 410 heat using my Croc 2 Infrared iron…honestly, the way my hair is, I would have been better off using 450…but I did not want to damage my hair. You live, you learn. This is how my first section looked…at this point I was thinking of a way I could get that section to look like the blow out again.

Lame…I had to keep going though. So like, 45 minutes later, I was done. Sad thing is, after my second pass, I liked how smooth my hair was but…it began to revert after about 10 minutes! In fear or losing the style, I wrapped Izzy as soon as I was done and got ready for bed.

Morning time. Here are the results:

Pardon my face…I literally JUST woke up (see how I love y’all?). So kids, what have we learned?

– Prep to flat iron on freshly washed hair (I did not wash my hair b/c I wanted to avoid damage, but I think I could have gotten my hair straighter)

– Do a frickin’ Cherry Lola beforehand!

– My haircut straight looks kind of like Rachel’s old one from Friends. Seriously, I hated how my hair looked. I felt like a soccer mom. – No offense to all the soccer moms out there, hey ladies!

Next time I straighten (which will not be for QUITE some time), I want it to be so I can show off my length. Shoulder length hair isn’t really awesome, especially when you’re soccer mom’in it up! I think I have a function in the valley (ie, hot) today…I’m going to go back to my curls. Way more me. Corny lesson of the day is…we are beautiful as we were made.


P.S. Ummm, do I still have a TWA?

23 thoughts on “Isabella’s Straightening Experiment

  1. Hali says:

    Hi, Elle!

    OMG! I just have to say your hair is so friggin awesome, beautiful, eye-catching and all that good stuff. ^_^

    I am a frequent lurker on LHCF and every time I see one of your post in a thread I stop and stare at yo BAA in your siggy because your is just….so breathtaking. From the color to the thickness.

    There was no way I could just look through your blog without saying something, hehe. You are my second official Natural hair idol! =D

    I will keep following your blog. *blush* =)

    • HB says:

      Awww, thank you so much! You just made my day. 🙂 My work computer is acting crazy and I’m so annoyed!

      Let me know if there is anything you want to see!

  2. niya says:

    Pretty much what everyone else said: the experiment was fierce!

    I live for big, bodacious hair, so I love doing blow-outs, but like you said, it’s just too much work (the sweat, the aching arms…) and the way I do it is just heat-overkill. I blowdry with my cheap Revlon dryer on warm, then do a rush job flatironing on the highest temp with my Sedu, then hit it with a blowdryer again for about 3-5 min. If I want to curl my hair after all this, I do a roller set. Clearly, this is a once-a-year activity! I wonder if the coarseness of my strands has something to do with why I have no heat damage…anywho, your hair’s fly!

  3. Sisyhb01 says:

    The blow out does look awesome, but I wouldn’t recommend doing it often, I was blowing mine out and twisting it on the regular and I lost alot of hair…I’ve been natural 4 yrs now and have ALOT less hair now than I did 11/2- 2 yrs out because of it…I’ve stopped for about 4mo now, trying to let my hair get back to what it used to be….but I would probably still blow it out for special occasions

  4. lifejourneytobenatural says:

    Your fro looked so inspirational. Our hair has a lot of power. When people see our curls some may think it is actually short hair within those curls, we stretch or blow them out. There is a head full of hair. Great to see what your length is after the flat iron version. Do you feel that it has grown fast since your BC?

    Keep up the good work. 🙂

    • HB says:

      Thanks! My hair now is longer than it was when I had a relaxer, so I think it’s really growing at a good pace. When I BC’ed my hair was about an inch long!

  5. daniele says:

    Have you considered doing a roller set? I got great results recently…it just takes longer than one on relaxed hair to ensure the roots straighten. Then you can flat iron less as a result.

    • HB says:

      I looked up roller sets, but I have never been able to do one because my hair is low porosity and it takes FOREVER to dry (even when my hair was relaxed). I tried to do one when I was transitioning and when I woke up in the morning my hair was still soaking wet. I’d try if I had a hard dryer to sit under for hours…lol

  6. cassadie says:

    ummm we are so on the SAME wavelength here! ok, so the reason I tweeted you about the heat protectant was because I wanted to do a blow-out BAA, which I did last night (after using the new Ouidad comb :P)…. loved it. loved yours. I too wonder how much damage the blow dryer does. Hopefully not too much because I used an effload of HP and only on warm… not hot….

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