- I am a big advocate of tourmaline ionic heat styling tools. The negative ions smooth the hair cuticle, dries your hair faster, locks in moisture, and reduces heat damage. I have been using tourmaline ionic blow dryers and flat irons for almost two years. I switched to a tourmaline ionic blow dryer after I fried off my hair with a faulty blow dryer. My hair grew back in 10 months. My hair dresser was surprised by my lack of split ends.
-Use a HEAT PROTECTANT! Whether it is grapeseed oil, CHI silk infusion, or IC Straightening Serum (my product of choice), please protect your tresses.
-Don't run the flat iron over your hair 50-million times. Once or twice should be suffice.
Avalon Organics Peppermint Oil Shampoo
Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner
Aphogee Protein Leave-in Conditioner
Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner
African Royale Hot Six Oil
IC Straightening Serum
Isoplus Contitioning Gel (when I curled hair the next day)
Andis Professional Tourmaline Ionic Blow Dryer (only about $40)
Titanium Tools Flat Iron
Revlon Ceramic Curling Iron
-Wash, deep condition, and detangle hair. Put in your leave-in conditioners and oils.
-Put a reasonable amount of heat protectant in your hand, rub together hands, and apply. Blow-dry detangled hair. I use a blow-dryer comb attachment. Before I blow dry each section, I use my shower comb to detangle again.
I originally blow dried my hair to braid cornrowed extensions. Fail! I need to put in kinky twists. But check out my little twists. I'm going ot have the cutest twist-out when I grow some hair.
Flat iron hair in small sections. For each section, only use heat protectant spanning about a centimeter. If it is not getting straight enough, divide your hair into slightly smaller sections. (Rather than run the flat iron on your hair too many times.)
If I were going out, I would immediately curl my hair. Since I was going to bed, I wrapped my hair. The next morning I curled it.
To maintain my hairstyle:
-Avoid water-based hair products, otherwise it will revert. I used oil and shea butter to seal in the moisture and maintain my hair style.
-Resist the urge to flat iron mid-week. If your hair starts to revert, work with it. Consider pin-curls, a braid out, or putting in rollers.
-Avoid really hot showers; they are not good for your skin anyway. When you take a shower, consider using multiple hair wraps and shower cap.
Anyone else have any advice?