Soo, I’ve been meaning to spill how I got my shiny black hair to cute medium length all while keeping it straight and healthy.
My hair is naturally light brown, with auburn/red natural highlights and curly, but straightening it for so long caused it to burn my curls and it’s now a wavy/straight texture (which personally is fine with me). As a kid, I hated my curly hair and not because it wasn’t “attractive” or “in style” but because I couldn’t manage it, I kept it in a ponytail most of the time and me with a fro was a no. The only cute thing about my curly hair was the thickness. I miss my curly hair but straightening it only made it more manageable and I love it.
The first time I ever really got into hair was when I got my first flat iron at 14. I started buying all these crazy products that would help my hair become more silky and straight. I always wanted what I thought would be considered “white people hair”. Which is a really bad term and so silly to say, but that’s what I felt made me more attractive. I’ve always wanted to look like pocahantas because she had this beautiful brown skin and this beautiful long, black, hair that I fell in love with as a kid. So when my Mom finally couldn’t take anymore of my begging on dyeing my hair, she gave in and recommended Blue-Black. I can’t tell you how in love I was with the shiny color that shines either white or blue depending on the lighting. Ever since then I’ve been dyeing my hair black for 4 years straight.
That’s my hair story, so here’s how I take of it.
The unhealthy part of my whole routine is dyeing it and straightening it. I do whatever it takes to keep it as healthy as possible though.
If my hair has already been dyed, I obviously wash it first. Washing your hair is key but a lot of people don’t wash it correctly. When washing your hair with shampoo—depending on the thickness and length— you only need a quarter sized amount, if you have finer hair and the size of a dollar coin if you have thicker hair. The same amount applies when applying conditioner. It should only be used from the shaft of your hair all the way to the ends of your hair. So, in that case I like to use the godsent, but a wee bit pricey, Ogx Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner. It leaves my hair super clean, soft and silky. I wash my hair with shampoo and rinse with lukewarm water and then, I like to detangle my hair when I’m conditioning it. I rinse the conditoner out with cold water to lock in the natural shine and oil in my hair. I then squeeze the remaining water out of my hair and then dry my hair with an old cotton t-shirt. Drying your hair with your towel will cause breakage and frizz since your hair is really sensitive when it’s wet.
I then go ahead and apply cold air to my hair using my blower and leave the rest to dry overnight, untied. I like to give my hair an overnight break because I already feel bad for not giving it a break 😦
In the morning, I wake up and detangle my hair again and apply a heat protecting serum to it. I usually get the Fantasia IC Hair polisher heat protectant serum and apply a dimed sized amount all over my hair. You can get it from your local beauty supply.
I take each section of my hair and blow it out with my blower. I’m not sure of the name of my blower because i’ve had it since I was a kid.
Now it’s time for flat iron protection, and you may think “Well why all these oily products in you hair?” I promise you products I use are far from oily (if you don’t use too much) and gives my hair absolute life everytime I use it. I like to use the amazing Ever Straight-Brazilian Keratin Therapy Flat Iron Spray by Ogx. It is the most amazing product I have ever used before straightening my hair. I spritz a good amount to my palm after each section of hair and straighten it.
My hair does really good with heat, but my edges don’t. So instead of gel I like to use John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch-Up Creme. It’s supposed to be for flyaways, but taming your rather frayed edges with this is like magic.