6 Things I Did Differently to get My Type 4 Hair Straight

I was one of the firm believers of the mantra “Type 4 Natural Hair can never be straightened”. I had several failed salon appointments to back up my claim. Why was my hair reverting to a big poofy mess as soon as I stepped out of the Salon? Was it true that Type 4 hair wasn’t “Good hair”? So frustrating.

To be honest, I had given up on styling my hair and decided to resort to wearing weaves and braids for a year. It was tragic. Bad split ends, torn out edges, dehydrated strands were what I had to deal with anytime I took the extensions down. I was so done with this life, hence my reason to give straightening my hair another go.

I missed throwing up my hair in a high puff or ponytail and going to work without being concerned about styling. And at this point, I was also over high puffs. My journey to the perfect blowout began.

The Journey

I shopped around my neighbourhood for the perfect salon, till I found the MOD’s salon located at the Brasas’R Place, Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1. I Was impresses at how professional and courteous the stylists were, how lit and cool it was, how hands-on the management was plus the salon had a high ceiling. I adore high ceilings because they make spaces look infinitely better.

Upon speaking with one of the stylists, I found out that their main service focus was on natural hair. I was thrilled. Finally, a salon I have found that may get my hair style. I soon proceeded with Straightening treatment.

The Mizani Thermasmooth line was used on my hair throughout the process, and frankly, the first time it was done, it was a hot mess. By hot mess, I mean day 1 reversion. Yikes! I was back at the salon the next morning to go over the process again. I wasn’t about to hit my office on Monday looking like a lightning-struck Meerkat.

Straightening My Hair Perfectly

The Mizani Thermasmooth line was used again, but this time I noticed that we (the stylist with my help) did a ton of things differently.

1. The Keratin Deep Conditioning Treatment. During my initial “hot mess” press I stayed under the dryer for 45 mins.

What was different: I stayed under the dryer for 1 hour the second time around.

2. Blow drying. During my initial press, the blow drying was quick, this I think was one of the resons we got it wrong at first.

What was different: The blow drying was more thorough. The stylist utilized the Tension, Blow Dryer Comb and Round Brush methods to really lay my roots. Think of it as the root being a dictator of how the entire strands look like (plain science, duh!).

3. Stlying product. During my initial press, the sylist spritz my hair with a lot of products which included the Leave-in Conditiiner, Heat Protectant and Hair Shine Serum (All Mizani products). This caused a lot of build up and weighing down for my hair.

What was different: A dime sized amount of Leave-in Conditiiner and Heat Protectant applied to the Stylist’s palm before rubbing on hair. No Hair Shine was used this time.

4. Styling tools. The L’OREL Heat Pod with huge plates was used during my initial press. The biggest issue with this was that the plates were too large so the roots of me hair weren’t properly captured or laid. Also, the highest temperature on the flat iron was 210°C. The stylist used 200°C for me during this session.

What was different: A smaller flat iron was used. This enabled the stylist get down to the roots of my hair to flat iron. Also this ceramic flat iron was hotter i.e. set to 230°C (highest temperature) this time. I realize that Kinkier/ Coilier textures straighten better at higher temperatures. Also, you do not stand a chance of getting heat dammaged hair if you use a good heat protectant and get the Stylist to minimize passes across sections.

5. Trimming. The stylist was too conservative in trimming off split ends during my initial press. This I believe also contributed a great deal to the immediate reversion.

What was different: Hair was properly trimmed the second time around. Also, this was ideal as it will mean that most bad ends would have been gotten rid of once my hair goes back to its coily state. It is really hard to properly trim kinky/coily hair so I will suggest limit trims to when you are getting a blow out or press.

6. Saran Wrap Method: This was none existent during my initial press.

What was different: The Stylist utilized the Saran Wrap Method to set my hair the second time around. This simply means that hair was wrapped around my head and covered in cling film. I then proceeded to sit under a hooded dryer -cool setting, for 15 mins. I do think my results would have been bouncier under the dryer’s hot setting, so I will be trying this out next time. Video below for better understanding of this:

Disclamer: This post does not feature any paid content.

Images: Keya J (Youtube), Amazon.com, Styling You

Video: Deeper Than Hair TV (Youtube)

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BEAUTY RECIPE: TURMERIC SCRUB AKA KURKUM TRADITIONAL SKIN GLOW TREAT

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Turmeric powder also known as Kurkum in parts of Northern Nigeria (West Africa) is popularly used for brides -to- be in that region as it gives the brides skin a golden glow before her wedding. This natural made concoction is used to scrub the bride 2-3 times a week before their wedding for radiant flawless skin. What is Turmeric?

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TURMERIC SCRUB RECIPE

Ingredients

1 cup – Natural yogurt or Milk
1/2 cup – Turmeric
1/3 cup – Organic honey
1/4 cup – Fresh lemon juice or lime juice

**This measurement is enough for 2-3 uses and can be used on the face if its not sensitive.

Directions

1. Mix all four ingredients into a bowl.

2. Add water for thinner consistency, if you wish.

3. Line bathroom with disposable paper or old napkins to avoid staining tiles and bath sink as Turmeric leaves yellow residue that may be difficult to remove.

4. Rub and scrub the paste on all parts of face (avoid eyes) and body in circular motions.

5. Leave the paste to dry on the skin for 30 minutes.

6. Rinse with warm water and towel the body.

7.Follow with your favourite body oil, preferably natural oils such as Coconut, Argan or custom oil mix.

8. Use scrub at night time. However, if you choose to use during the day, make sure you apply sunsreen after.

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SKINCARE BENEFITS OF TURMERIC SCRUB

-Aids in evening out skin tone and complexion brightening.
-Acne treatment and prevention
-Removal of black heads, dark spots and blemishes.
-Reduced hyper pigmentation.
Read more about the beauty benefits of Turmeric for skin and hair.

Reference:
PWETTYBAMBI.COM

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Will you be trying this traditional turmeric scrub recipe from Northern Nigeria? Please leave a comment below.

HOT WEATHER SKINCARE UPDATES IN 5 FOR WOMEN AND MEN

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Hotter climates get hotter (and dryer) this time of the year, which can throw our skin off balance, which means that sticking to your previous routine may not yield the results you require.

Though we may not be too pleased with this change, there are certain tweaks to implement in
your ritual to keep you and your skin flawless, glowing and beautiful as always.

Here’s our list of the 5 steps to take to update your skincare routine this period.

1. Cleanse

It is important to clean your skin morning and night to keep it clear. A mild cleanser with exfoliating ingredients will do the trick. To make cleanser more potent, try washing face with a Konjac sponge or face cloth to get rid of dirt and debris which may have settled over the course of the day.

2. Tone

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Though this step can be skipped all year round, it’s important to incorporate it in your skincare routine this season. Toners are used after cleansers to remove stubborn dirt, seal pores and prevent blemishes.

3. Use water based moisturizers with sun protection

Wearing a water based moisturizer is absolutely necessary this period as they are usually weightless and absorb easily into skin.

How can you tell that a moisturizer is water based? Simply check the ingredients list. The first item listed is usually the base. If it shows water or Aqua, then it is water based. Don’t forget to look for one with sunscreen.

4. Skip the face make up

Face makeup such as Foundation and Concealers are a big no-no this season as they not only clog the pores, but oxidize into skin, giving a greyish, unhealthy look. Like a bit of coverage? Use a tinted moisturizer, cream-to-powder foundation or bb cream instead which contain less oil.

5. Stay Hydrated

Hydration may well be the most important step on this list. Replenish lost body fluids this season by drinking plenty of water and staying away from fizzy, carbonated drinks which may actually dehydrate you.

PLEASE NOTE
This article was written by a person residing in Nigeria, West Africa, a tropical country. These tips can however be implemented during the summer for readers residing in colder climates.

Do you have any hot weather beauty tips you would like to share? Please comment below.

CAN VELATERAPIA AKA ‘HAIR BURNING’ MAKE YOUR HAIR STRONGER?

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Brazilian Victoria’s Secret model, Barbara Fialho seems to think so, as she shared her a secret technique to keep her split ends at bay. The treatment, known in Brazil as ‘Velaterapia’.

What is Velaterapia?

Velaterapia, which is also known as candle cutting, is a technique in which a trained hair stylist uses the flame of a candle to burn split ends and begins with the stylist sectioning off dry hair, then twisting small sections until fly aways. The split ends then come poking out of the main hair twist. The hairs that are left out are quickly burned away with a candle flame.

Today, when we have split ends, our solution is to take pair of scissors and cut them off. The flaw in this technique is that the cortex of the hair is exposed leaving it susceptible to future damage. Perhaps this is why we need to trim so frequently. If the theory of singeing the hair to cauterize it holds true, then the hair is sealed at the ends preventing further damage from traveling up the hair shaft.

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This method seems new but, upon further research, singeing the hair has been around for ages. Although the naysayers describe the technique as dangerous and ineffective, those who partake in the hair burning ritual have nothing but great things to say about how smooth and healthy the hair is following the treatment and how much easier it is to retain length.

After giving me a quick lesson in pronunciation and assuring me I would still have hair, Ricardo began twisting the small sections of my hair. He then burned the spilt ends section by section, leaving my hair ashy with rather smelly dreadlocks. My cameraman found that amusing. After my hair was burned with the candle, Ricardo washed my hair thoroughly and applied a deep conditioning treatment. This, he explained is the most vital step to the process. Velaterapia utilizes the flame and essentially cauterizes the hair. After the ash and dead split ends are washed away, the freshly flamed hair follicle is more receptive to nutrients, hence the deep conditioning treatment. While I was admittedly wary of Velaterapia, I was so shocked by the results. My hair was incredibly soft to the touch and completely smooth!
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In another testimony shared on a hair forum, a woman stated that she conducted this method on one side of her hair and the search and destroy method on the other. In her words, she preferred her singed side compared to the other side of her head where she trimmed over split hairs one by one.

Conclusion

As interesting as this process might seem, we are wondering if it will be the best method for textured or relaxed hair as tutorials showing specific results on this hair type are yet to be found.

Sources:
RELAXEDHAIRHEALTH

LATINTIMES

What do you think about Velaterapia technique?

WHAT IS A SILK PRESS + HOW TO PREVENT HEAT DAMAGE

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A silk press is simply a temporal hair straightening process which requires blow drying hair in sections before going over with a flat iron (preferably Chi or Ceramic) for a smooth even finish. Products specifically designed for ‘silk’ straightening (usually indicated on label) must also be used.

This process is believed to yield best results especially when straightening naturally curly, coily and kinky hair with little or no damage while leaving the hair light and bouncy instead of weighed down and oily like traditional press systems.

Despite the overall safeness of this method, many curly haired women have suffered heat damage through this process as they neglected certain steps during the straightening process.

Want to prevent heat damage during straightening process? Here are 5 steps to follow:

1. CLEANSE

Ensure that hair is properly clarified, conditioned, detangled and moisturized before embarking on the silk straightening process.

Out of Clarifying shampoo? Apple Cider Vinegar or Baking Soda mixed with water are cheap and effective methods to clarify hair after shampooing.

2. DEEP CONDITION

For extra dry hair, try deep conditioning hair for 15-20 mins before beginning the straightening process, as properly conditioned hair is less likely to suffer heat damage.

3. SILK PRODUCTS

Products specifically created for the silk straightening process must be used for maximum results. Related Article: 5 Best Temporary Hair Straightening Products For Curly Girls

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*Recommended: (From left- right) Chi Silk Infusion, Bio-Silk Silk Therapy and Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum.

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*Based on readers reviews (left-right) Supersilk Professional Fortified Silk Amino Acid Professional Smoothing Solution and Supersilk Professional Silk Amino Acid Professional Solution

4. HEAT PROTECTION

Don’t forget heat protectant serums and sprays.

No heat protectant serum? Try light weight natural products such as Shea butter, Jojoba and Coconut which contain heat protecting properties.

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5. SEEK A PROFESSIONAL

Visit a hair salon or seek the services of a professional when trying out this process to avoid preventable damage to your hair.

Why do this?

Hair stylists are better experienced with the different hair types and textures, heat and product requirements and would most likely know what’s best for yours.

Have you tried the Silk press method? Do do you have any other tips on how to prevent heat damage to natural hair?

BEAUTY HAUL: POP CONCEPTS BEAUTY PRESS SERIES 2014

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We were opportuned to attend the maiden edition of the Beauty Press Series (BPS), Nigeria, organized by Pop concepts on Thursday, 4th December, 2014.

This event targeted at beauty professionals is a medium of seeks to bridge the gap between companies and end users by providing first hand, up to date information on beauty products and services. We were also gifted with a fabulous gift bag containing products from the new S’Studio (Sleek) Signature Skincare (Lightening and Exfoliating) Line as well as Fashion Fair makeup and beauty tools courtesy of Gifty’s Daughter Nigeria (who doesn’t love free stuff? )

What was in our goody bag?

SKINCARE

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1. S’Studio Signature Series Clean ‘n’ Lightn

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2. S’Studio Signature Series Tone ‘n’ Lightn

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3. S’Studio Signature Series Lighting in A Bottle

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4. S’Studio Signature Series Lighting in A Jar

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5. S’Studio Signature Series Come Clean

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6. S’Studio Signature Series Scrub My Troubles Away

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7. S’Studio Signature Series Protect Me Restore Me

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8. S’Studio Signature Series Neu Skin Reveal

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9. S’Studio Signature Series Neu Skin Reveal More

MAKE UP

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1. Sam Fine Fashion Fair Supreme Eyeshadow Quad
2.Fashion Fair Lip Teasers-Gold
3.Fashion Fair Sugar Eyeshadow

BEAUTY TOOLS

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1. Red Cherry 747L Eyelashes
2. Gifty’s Daughter Concealer and Blending Brush Duo
3. Gifty’s Daughter Pencil and Liner Brush Duo
4. Gifty’s Daughter Eyeshadow Application Brush
5. Gifty’s Daughter Fold-up Makeup Purse in Toffee Brown
6. Beauty Key rings

Please Note
Although we were gifted these products, we have not been compelled to write any positive reviews, as we seek to review products as truthfully and unbiased as possible. We will also not subject any product for review to undue bashing but shall employ the Pro/Con review method.

*Produts contained in this bag will be reviewed in subsequent posts under the ‘Product Review’ category.

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BEFORE YOU JUMP ON THAT WAIST TRAINING BANDWAGON

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Poster girl curvy celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Amber Rose, Blac Chyna etc have all endorsed various brands of waist cinchers and corsets on Instagram, leading many people to believe that this is the best thing since sliced bread when it comes to attaining the elusive hourglass figure.

These celebrities have hinted at ease of wear, effectiveness and attractiveness as some of the reasons for wearing these shaping garments and while it may be something you may be curious to try, we think you should read this excerpt from MEDICALDAILY.COM before you make that decision.

Health experts say that waist training isn’t effective, or even entirely safe.

“It’s going to make you look slimmer when you have it on, but I don’t know any physiology that would explain that you’re going to lose body fat by wearing this device,” Stephen Ball, associate professor in the department of nutrition and exercise physiology at the University of Missouri, told TODAY.com.

“People want a quick fix. They don’t want to put in the effort that it actually takes and so I’m sure lots of women will see these pictures and go out and spend their money on these types of devices when they should be focusing on exercise and healthy eating.”

Corsets have been used throughout history to induce form-fitting beauty standards. Also known as tightlacing, the practice diminishes the volume of the lungs, making it more difficult for the tightlacer to breathe. In addition, tightlacing can change rib structure as well as the position of organs such as the liver, which is pressed upward. It was particularly popular during the Victorian era, but has since lost its appeal in general fashion. But the practice has reemerged in recent years among celebrities like Jessica Alba, who used a corset to help her keep her shape after giving birth. There’s also something called the “Corset Diet,” which essentially squeezes your stomach to the point that makes it painful to eat too much — and painful to breathe, and probably to move, as well.

“The notion of an external brace or corset reshaping your midsection is pure pseudoscience. While it is possible to elongate or stretch a body part over years, as some African tribes have proven with their customs, it is not at all possible to do the same to the trunk of the body — especially after coming into adulthood, when the torso’s bones, tissues, and organs have grown to maturity”.

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Final Note

Please never hold yourself to the standards of everything you see on Instagram, as many sellers of products such as waist cinchers, corsets and body wraps on that platform are frauds and promise unrealistic results by photoshopping the pictures featured on their pages.

Also, many celebrities who have endorsed these products do so for personal gain and many have undergone plastic surgery such as liposuction and fat transfer to achieve such results.

Eating healthy and exercise are still your best bet to getting your dream body. And don’t forget about self love! No shortcuts.

What are your thoughts on the new waist training obsession? Sheer madness or worth the try?