Flat Ironing My Hair
As mentioned before in the post about my natural hair, I flat iron my hair a couple times a month. I try to make it to the salon and have it professionally done at least once a month, so I only have to go through this extremely time consuming routine about once a month. I like the results, I just don't necessarily love the amount of time it takes to get these results.
I use some of the same products at home my hairstylist uses in the salon. I brush through my hair with the Denman brush before I wash it to relieve my hair of any knots that may have formed amongst my curls. I also use it after I flat iron my hair. I love the way that brush feels on my scalp.
The leave-in conditioner I use is the It's a 10 Silk Express Miracle Conditioner. And, I use the Lanza Healing Strength oil to protect my strands from the heat. The long tailed comb with the medium width teeth will come into play later when I am actually running the flat iron through my hair.
And so, we begin... This is how my hair looks freshly washed.
I section my hair into four sections and apply the It's A 10 Silk Express leave-in conditioner to each section.
I pin up the sections of hair I am not working with at the time. Before doing so, I comb through my hair thoroughly to detangle.
Using my blow dryer with the comb attachment, I blow dry the section of hair.
Usually, I start with one of the sections at the back of my hair. After I finish blow drying the back, I put them in two ponytails and move on to the top sections of hair.
I use the same process with the comb attachment on the dryer.
When I finish blow drying my entire head, I usually put my hair in two ponytails and just have a seat and relax for a few minutes. The point of doing this is to keep my hair dry. I am naturally a hot natured person, meaning I am usually warm or hot to touch and I sweat even in a mild environment. Because this is the case, I sometimes sweat while flat ironing my hair simply from the heat of the blow dryer blowing on my skin. When I don't have time to move slow, I have a fan blowing on my face while I blow dry and flat iron my hair so I can stay cool.
You don't want your hair to be wet when the flat iron touches it. It's okay to have a heat protectant product on your hair, but my suggestion is to not flat iron wet hair. You can actually burn your scalp with the steam that rises from a flat iron that has touched wet hair.
To run the flat iron through my hair, I use the comb chase method. This means I place a come with medium width teeth in front of the flat iron and follow the comb with the flat iron. This method make for a smoother result. I also use this method because it is very important to me to only do one pass of the flat iron with each section. Of course, if I happen to mess up a section, I will fix it with the flat iron, but I try to avoid multiple passes with the flat iron.
And here are some pictures of me looking deranged as I do my hair. :) I'm concentrating!
Once done, I kind of fluff my hair a bit so it doesn't appear so flat. I usually flat iron my hair with a little curl at the bottom. I've never been good with flat ironing it bone straight.
Well folks, that's it. That is how I flat iron my hair. I've been asked before how long the process takes start to finish. The answer is it takes about two and a half to three hours. Sometimes, I wash my hair and only put the leave in conditioner in it. I walk around with my hair in a wash & go style for a day until it air drys. If I do that, I can cut down my blow drying and flat ironing time to about an hour and a half.