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?

What is Natural Hair, Anyway?!

This is by no means a new debate, but one I never seem to get tired of. People are always coming up with really good points about what natural hair is exactly. Yes, we all know that relaxers and texturizers are not natural, no debate about that, but what about straightening with heat? Personally, I still call the folks who use heat natural, no matter how often they straighten. Some have argued that if the heat changes your curl pattern then you are no longer natural, but that can happen after ONE instance of straightening, and many women do not straighten with the intent to alter their natural texture? So why do we have to kick them off of the island?

The always entertaining Vida Starr addresses the issue further at Life Star Beauty, and I’d be interested to hear your thoughts as well. For me, the whole thing gets to be a little complicated, and I don’t like to tell someone they aren’t natural unless they are trying to loosen their curl pattern on purpose and express that to the masses. To be frank, the whole thing gets to be a little “natural nazi-ish” to me – feel free to confront me on that. I mean think about it…I’ve never straightened my hair, but what if I decide to ONCE in order to do a length check, or to trim my ends, and my curls aren’t quite the same? At the same time, what if someone wears their hair straightened ALL the time, but took great care of their curls and kept up with deep treatments and protein treatments, so if they chose to wear their hair curly, the pattern had not changed? How can we say they aren’t natural? Admittedly, I would say they are natural but often wear their hair straight, which is not a natural state obviously, but they’re still sippin’ pina coladas on the island with me.

So what say you?

xoxo….ps, go Netherlands!!!