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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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!
Donovan Longo (Latin Times)

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?

5 BEST TEMPORARY HAIR STRAIGHTENING PRODUCTS FOR CURLY GIRLS AND NATURALS

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Style versatility is important for most curly girls as many love the flexibility that comes from wearing hair in different styles. One of such ways is to spot the sleeked back/straightened look similar to those with naturally straight hair.

This however poses a problem, as most naturals would love the ability to switch in-between styles without permanently altering their textures intentionally (with relaxers) or unintentionally (via heat damage).

Now that this problem has been identified, we have come up with our list of the best reversible straightening product for you.

Here are our top 5 picks:

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1. Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Blowdry Cream
Price: $25 (N4,200)

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2. Ojon Super Sleek Hair Straightening System
Price: $39 (N6,500)

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3. Mixed Chicks Straightening Serum
Price: $26 (N4,300)

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4. Shea Moisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Hair Straightening System
Price: $32 (N5,300) via Olori.com.ng

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5. Beautiful Textures Texture Manageability System
Price: $16.70 (N2,750) via Olori.com.ng

**Based on consumer ratings and reviews.
*Prices may differ

QUICK TIPS
1. Do not forget to apply heat protectant spray to hair (where not included in products) before straightening or blow drying to prevent heat damage.

2. Keep in mind that this list is highly hypothetical (based on customer ratings not actual trials by our team) and you may have to try more than one of these products to get your desired results.

3. Follow instructions to the ‘T’ as specified on products for best results as some of the ingredients in this products do not work well with others not included in the brand lines.

Have you tried any products on this list? Please share your experiences.

ALL ABOUT THE PIXIES

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Getting a pixie cut is an fun way to switch up your looks without doing too much. This hair style can be worn either by cutting ones own natural hair (if you want a more permanent look) or by installing a weave.

When choosing a pixie cut style, it is important to take into account your face shape and length as this would help you achieve the most flattering cut. Flatter styles complement longer and narrower faces, fuller styles shorter faces.

Still confused about the pixie cut for you? Here are some pictures to guide your selection.

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Quick Tip
Wear the pixie cut with smokey eyes or cat-eyed winged liner for an edgier look.

Have you tried the pixie cut? Please leave your comment below.

4 D-I-Y MOISTURIZER RECIPES FOR LONGER HAIR

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Curly hair (by curly, we mean all hair that falls into the category noticeable bends on strands) requires more moisture than other hair types in order to grow and thrive.

Sometimes, it is never enough to just book weekly salon touch-up treatments when it comes to this hair type as daily conditioning and moisturizing treatments are needed to ensure hair retention and overall health.

Homemade moisturizers are simple and cost effective methods of achieving your overall hair goals. Here are 4 easy natural d-i-y hair moisturizer recipes you should try.

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1. Castor and Coconut Mist

The beauty of distilled water is that it is “soft” water; it does not have the negative effects (e.g., stiffening of the hair strand) like hard water. Meanwhile, castor oil can improve the shine or sheen of your natural hair, which is a plus for you castor oil lovers out there. As for coconut oil? Well, you all should know about its strengthening and moisturizing benefits by now.

Ingredients:
2 oz distilled water
2 tsp extra virgin coconut oil
1 tsp castor oil
a few drops of essential oil (e.g., lavender, jasmine, orange)

Directions:
Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle, and shake vigorously to blend. Store in a refrigerator until ready for use. Shake before each use.

*Keeps for about 2 weeks.

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2. Coconut Water Mist

Coconut water is high in potassium (hundreds of milligrams), which is generally involved in water softening and may possibly help to soften the hair. Glycerin is a well-known humectant (i.e., a substance that retains moisture) and works well in humid environments.

Ingredients:
2 oz coconut water
0.5 oz glycerin
a few drops of essential oil (optional and of your choice)

Directions:
Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle, and shake vigorously to blend. Store in a refrigerator until ready for use. Shake before each use.

*Keeps for about 1 week.

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3. Strengthening Green Tea Mist

Green tea (tea, in general really) contains L-theanine, which can penetrate deep into damaged hair and restore mechanical strength. Olive oil acts as a great moisturizing oil.

Ingredients:
2 oz cool steeped green tea
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
a few drops of essential oil (e.g.lavender,tea tree, rosemary)

Directions:
Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle, and shake vigorously to blend. Store in a refrigerator until ready for use. Shake before each use.

*Keeps for about 1 week.

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4. Aloe Vera Mist

Avocado oil is a monounsaturated oil, which may readily penetrate into the hair strand . It, along with aloe vera juice, can make for a very moisturizing combination.

Ingredients:
2 oz aloe vera juice
2 tsp avocado oil
a few drops of essential oil (e.g. lemon, rosemary, tea tree)

Directions:
Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle, and shake vigorously to blend. Store in a refrigerator until ready for use. Shake before each use.

*Keeps for about 1 week.

P.S. If you are concerned about the short life span of these moisturizers, you can add a product that prolongs their shelf lives. However, since we prefer that all the ingredients within these homemade recipes are kept 100% natural, we have chosen not to include any of them.

Reference:
BLACKGIRLLONGHAIR.COM

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NEW HAIRSTYLE TECHNIQUE ALERT: CROTCHET BRAIDS

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Crochet braiding is not a hair style that is as new as one might think, as some women have been getting crochet braids for years with human hair or with tracks of hair that look like there are individual braids attached.

Crotchet braids were and are still preferred by individuals who didn’t want to sit too long and get individual braids in their hair. It was fast and convenient.

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HOW ARE CROTCHET BRAIDS INSTALLED?

Crotchet braids are usually applied to the hair by literally crocheting hair extensions with a latch hook tool, in between your own corn rowed hair. Some women use the braiding technique as an alternative to the traditional sew-in hair weave. Purchase Latch Hooks in Nigeria

With the increase in the desire for safer and healthier hairstyles, the natural hair community has evolved this familiar hair style into something versatile and beautiful. Women are becoming more creative with their styling techniques and the crochet braids look very realistic.

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Below, you’ll find one of the best crochet braiding tutorials on YouTube from The Chic Natural

FINAL NOTE

The crotchet braid hairstyling technique is a great option for someone who is transitioning or just needs a break from styling their own hair every day. You get the natural hair look, without having to manipulate your own hair (To be honest, one might not be able to tell crochet braids from natural growing hair.) You can also even wash and treat your scalp, which is something that is difficult to do with a sew-in.

Reference:
BLACKGIRLLONGHAIR

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