I’ll tell you, my hair has gone through a bit of change in the last few months and it is defiantly noticeable, at least to me. I had time off from work a couple of weeks ago and decided it was time to try a few new things with my hair. It’s easier to experiment when I have nowhere to be in the coming days, so if my hair turns out a hot mess, there’s no pressure to style it.
It all started because I wanted to stretch my hair; the technique I used didn’t help very much as my hair is thick and shrinks hard-core. I had an old knot out that I was working with. I saw the African threading technique and had to try it. It helped more than anything I had tried however, my hair was in such a state there was nothing better to do with it then straighten it.
I was not prepared to do this; it was completely random. But I figured while it’s straight, I can trim my hair as well. I have not had a full trim since I started my journey, so it was long over due. I got my flat irons out and started on very low heat. I learned that day my hair is very resilient to heat. I took three different passes over my hair, turning up the heat each time. I didn’t have to trim more than a half inch in any area, which meant my hair had maintained an overall healthy state and length.
The shrinkage was real!! Especially when it came to my ends, the more I combed and straightened the longer the ends stretched. My scalp was not so hard to work with because I pay close attention to it when I do my knot outs. To my surprise my hair was uniformly the same length! Honestly, I’m not so impressed with the length. My hair has been this long before and I knew it would be a long while before I would see shoulder length.
After all was said and done my hair would not stay 100% straight! Mind you I was terrified I had damaged it beyond all repair! It lasted ONE day before my curls were going back to their natural form. For the next two days I had to wear a hat because my hair was a hot mess. Sunday came, it was wash day, the day of truth, did I ruin my hair or did it make it through?
As you can see in the photo, my hair shrank right back up as if heat never touched it. I have been babying it, making sure to deep condition and keep oil on it. So far all is well! My texture as changed a little and my hair is even softer than before. I think it’s time to figure out new styles. And if I plan on straightening my hair in the future I may have to get an old school hot comb because I can tell you right now that flat irons aren’t going to cut it. In fact my mother used them on my head as a child so I know it’s something my hair can take. This was a fun time and I learned even more about my hair in the process! There most likely wont be any more heat touching my head for another year, so until then…. grown on, grown on.