Friday, June 12, 2009

I think I may be going through a mini-hair crises...all self induced

I've got the hair breakage under control and now seem to be back in balance with between my moisture and protein. My hair is doing is thang no issues.....but hold up, not so fast. I just couldn't be happy, I just have to go and play freakin' Russian Roulette with my precious naps....I flat ironed. Not a bone straight flat iron, but still applied heat to my thriving hair.

So what had happened was...{you know anytime someone says that they are telling a lie or trying to spin the tale in their favor}. Anyway, what had happened was, after the breakage, I decided I needed a good trim. I still have little trust for hair dressers, so I wanted to know what I was working with before turning my head over and asking for a trim and ending up with 3 or more inches on the ground.

I did stretch and band my hair, but I swear my hair still shrinks about 90%...ok may less, but in my mind it's 90%. For the most part, it's all good with me, I really do luv my shrinkage. I concluded that the only way for me to really get a good look was with....ugh....heat. But no way in Hell was I going to a hair dresser and allow them to put a 1000 degree straightening comb, blow dryer, flat iron, etc, in my head. And being that I no longer owned any heated hair tools, I needed to either borrow or buy one. Most folks I know have them hot as hell gold-whatchamacallits flat irons. Uh-uh not gonna happen.

So I started looking around for some to buy. Long story short after lots of research and comparison I decided on the Maxiglide. $80 frigging bucks for a flat iron...sheesh....I coulda bought some fly shoes instead.

Let the madness began. I had these things about 2 weeks, returning them to the store at least once before I was brave enough to go through with it. Made sure my hair was clarified, well conditioned, moisturized and stretched before proceeding. Used Chi Iron Guard Thermal Protection and kept the setting around 3 or 4 (3 on the front of my head with is finer and funky, sensitive acting and 4 on the thicker more robust back of my hair).

Oh...I do have to admit that I did a pretest a small section a few days before. I would rather have had a small section of hair that did not revert, than have a whole head of damaged hair.

Again, my hair was nowhere near bone straight, but it was straight enough for me to do a good examination of damage from the breakage. It was not as bad as I thought. I decided to nix the hair dresser and do my own trim. I did knock off about an inch of hair, but that just helped to eliminate more of those chemically dyed ends I've been slowing growing out.

Now here is the funny I have no longer have a clue what to do with straight or semi-straight hair in this case. Funny huh. I spent 27 years of my life with straight relaxed hair and about 2 years (if you count transitioning) not sporting straight's easy to un-learn old habits, isn't it. On the first day I wore it poofed around my head for a hot minute before, I pulled it up into a high puff like poof. That night I did flat twists and wore twist out the 2nd day. By that evening I was in the shower washing (ugh...had to use shampoo again that soon to get that thermal protectant broken down) and deep conditioning.

Whew...the hair revered into it's tiny coily nappy texture. I was in a panic that it wouldn't.

Now, I still don't advocate heat on a regular basis or at high temperatures. And I won't be subjecting mine anytime soon. (Giving that expensive ass Maxiglide to my friends daughter. She is relaxed and flat irons and won't be stopping anytime soon, but I want her to do less damage to her hair if possible. I definitely hadn't planned to spend this much on her for her birthday, but when I mentioned I was buying these she squealed and said she's been wishing for one too. Happy birthday Diva)

I was way too nervous through this whole process...a self-induced hair crisis. Will I flat iron, maybe, honestly I don't know, but it won't be anytime soon.

I will say this, it is still Russian Roulette, if you are not very very very careful, you can do some serious damage to your hair. Proceed with caution.