I Straightened My TWA 4b/4c Natural Hair

yes, I decided to straighten my TWA 4b/4c natural hair on Tuesday night.  I had the hair in twists for 2 days so I didn't blow dry before straightening.

Let's start from the actual beginning. I was contemplating on how I was going to either braid or weave or something like that because I was getting tired of retwisting every night. When somehow I saw my edges in a picture, I was totally disappointed that I'd been wasting my efforts. I nurture the ends and destroy them all over again! This cycle has to stop but with this short hair, how was I going to handle the daily twisting? Plus, it was getting frustrating trying to stretch it only for it to revert by evening time. As I laid watching 10pm movie, I got the urge to just forget about dealing with the  short hair and find an easy way out. The stress was getting to me; so I decided to relax the hair with a flat iron! There's no way I'm going back to using chemicals to straighten my hair but as I said in a previous post, I won't be your average natural!

I grabbed a vidal sasson flat iron a close buddy generously gave to me some time ago [thanks MRS]. Using Afroriri luxe hair butter as a heat protectant, I proceeded to flat iron my 4b/4c natural hair. By 12 midnight, I was done. Let's just say ECG decided not to give me a black out else hhehehehehehe walking around with half patched straightened hair wasn't going to be funny at all. Well, at least hubby wasn't going to have  field day.

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Of course, I used no comb so I'm going to get a neater look when I use a comb to part the hair.

I was very happy about the not so straight results because the straightening served its purpose of stretching my hair. After this encounter, here are 5 things I'd be doing to my hair hereon


  1. The most important lesson is to Blow dry the hair after washing in order to keep it stretched till the next wash. That way, I don't need to braid or twist it thereby keeping my fragile edges from further deterioration. I know it can hold up that long so I'm going to start doing it. Until I'm able to bun my hair in its no heat stretched state, this heat styling method will do the work for me. I'll try cool air blow drying first to see the results before using low to medium heat.

  2. My hair had some bits of knots so stretching with heat will cut that down and also ensure maximum retention.

  3. My hair isn't really as short as I thought; I'd retained a lot of growth within the 7 months and I'm happy

  4. Been able to style my hair was such a joy! I really appreciated my hair and all my efforts. Had I done that back in 2011, I'd have been at my length goal by now. Ah, we live to learn. The hair journey is all about what works for you.

  5. I need more bobby pins, hair bands and other styling accessories to beautify this already gorgeous mane.



I'm glad I also found a cool set up for when I want to blow dry the hair so all I need now is no black out Lol.

Today is day 1 and the hair is still stretched. I'll see how long it will take before full reversion.

 

 

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