Irresistible Me Diamond Flat Iron ReviewMay 23, 2015
Straight hair don't care.
For the past 5 years, I made a conscious effort to not put heat in my hair. Partly, because I really love my natural curly hair, but mostly because the humid Texas weather insisted on working against my efforts towards sleek, shiny hair. The very few times I did make an effort to straighten my locks, my hair would begin reverting within a few hours of me leaving my house. I can't justify wasting 5+ hours per session, for it to go back to it's natural state in less than 2, which is why my hair only gets this special 'do once a year (and that's really just to even it out).
Anyone who knows me, is well aware that I will do a dramatic chop just because I feel like it. So, making it 5 years without following that tradition is a miracle in itself. Recently, I received the Irresistible Me Diamond Flat Iron and was pretty excited to straighten my hair for my yearly length check. I decided to straighten my hair during the worst possible time of the year, because if it can make it through these downpours, it can make it through anything. I also accidentally created the perfect DIY Shea Butter Deep Conditioner, which definite helps to hydrate and keep my curly hair straight.
PREPARATION AND CLEANSINGTo begin, I applied a very generous amount of the Homemade Deep Conditioner to my hair and allowed it to saturate for about an hour. Then, with the help of my Scalp Massaging Brush, I washed the product out with Suave professionals Moroccan Infusion Shine Shampoo and Conditioner. I prefer using the scalp massaging brush each time I wash my hair because it helps to stimulate the scalp and promote hair growth. I definitely use it before styling my hair because it helps to keep get my scalp clean, which allows to style to last longer.
STRETCHING & STRAIGHTENINGNext, I allow my hair to air dry about 50%, then section my hair into four equal parts. I apply (in this order) the Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave-In Conditioning Creme, the Suave Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil, the Suave Professionals Sleek Anti-Frizz Creme and the Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Taming Spray. It is very important to follow the L.O.C. (leave-in, oil, cream) method because it does make a different in the way your hair turns out. Also, you ALWAYS want to finish with a heat protector to prevent heat damage on your natural hair.
Then, I use a wide tooth comb to stretch my hair while aiming a blow dryer on the lowest heat setting and the highest speed at my hair to finish drying it. Once my hair is stretched and fully dry, I used a round metal brush and change the heat setting to medium or high on the lowest speed to do a blow out. Since my hair tends to have tightly coiled curls, I concentrate mostly on my ends. I also try to put the heat on the exposed part of the brush so the metal can heat up to help the process. You may need to section your hair into smaller portions to make it more manageable, I sure did.
Before I begin straightening my hair, I like to add a little more heat protector just to make sure my hair won't fry. Finally, I will part out even smaller sections and use the Irresistible Me Diamond Flat Iron on the absolute highest heat setting. I have found that my hair gets the straightest when I do the chase method. The chase method is using a rat-tail comb to guide or follow your flat iron through your hair to remove any kinks and also stretch your hair to it's max. Since everyone has a different hair type, I always suggest starting on the lowest setting and working your way up to prevent heat damage.
MAINTENANCESo far, I have been maintaining my straightened natural hair for the past week despite rain, humidity, and workouts. I'm pretty sure I can make it last for about a month, but we'll see.
Nightly Maintenance: I add a pinch of the Homemade Deep Conditioner or a pump of the Suave Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil to the ends of my hair, then wrapping my hair and covering it with a silk scarf. I never put product directly on my scalp because the oils penetrate through my hair while it's wrapped and it helps to prevent build up.
Workouts: I put my hair in a high ponytail or bun during my session, then allow my hair to air dry if there is moisture. Once my hair has dried, I wrap it without adding any products, then shower. When I take it down, it's as good as new.
Please note that results may vary, and these are the methods that have worked for me. So far it's been a week and my hair is still straight! Feel free to follow me on Instagram to track my progress. I hope you are able to find inspiration from this tutorial.
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