Curlformers: My low heat solution to straight hair

Forgive my long absences.

My hair and I briefly broke up, but we have recently gotten back together. To celebrate our reunion here is an account of my most recent hair adventure.

My low heat straight hair

The forever curler addict I decided to dust off my curlformers.

My problem with curlformers, you may recall from previous post,  is I get straight roots and slightly molded length, which after a day looks like a hot mess.

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Curlfromers at the start

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Curlformers at the end of the day

Essentially, curlformers give me stretched hair, but no style longevity. So I decided maybe the stretch would work well for straighter styles.

My hope was sleeping with curlformers and introducing a blowdryer into the mix would give me the straight hair I occasionally want without flat iron.

To test the theory I installed a set a curlfromersIMAG2146

I slept in the curlformers and did not use my beloved hooded dryer.

When I woke up I dusted off my cheap blow dryer and unraveled the curlformers two or three at time. I wanted to blowdry in small sections, so I did not take them out in large groups.

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I started by gently brushing out my curls. I then blow dried my hair on cool  with no comb attachment. I was happy that without flat ironing I was able to get my roots flat. IMAG2148IMAG2160

The process was much faster than blow drying my wet hair and I was able to get much straighter roots. I kept my hair straight for about 2 and half weeks and used flexi rods and pillow rollers to style. When given the option this will be the only way I straighten my hair.

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Hello Hair: Relaxed to Natural Journey

I never intended on starting a hair journey.

I never intended on becoming a DIY girl.

I didn’t hate my relaxed hair.

Yes I had relaxer burns, spent the entire day in the salon, paid friends to relax my hair and the like. I just considered it all apart of the process.

I always kept my hair in a collar bone length bob. I never wanted long hair. I never wanted curly hair. I just wanted straight, black hair. I had my beloved straight, black hair for 10+ years.

But when my sister called me and told me her dermatologist said  her scalp was inflamed and she nearly had alopecia as a result of relaxers I decided to take a break from relaxers. That was in [July 2010].

Initially my plan was to stretch my relaxers.

After about 4 months  I thought to myself “ What is the point? Either I am going to have deal with two textures all the time or I’m going to just grow it out.”

Grow it out is what I did.

I [transitioned for about two years], but I don’t consider myself a long term transitioner. I hid my hair everyday.

My curls started small and shrunken

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I waited for my curls to grow heavy and fall

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I gave up waiting and  started having fun with my hair and my hair grew and retained length. IMAG0774

It also grew bigger and fuller

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I started with no knowledge and gradually through online searches, books, and other bloggers have come to both learn and skillfully manage my hair. This section is my effort to give back to the community that gave me the knowledge to DIY. I’m a 4a/b, lo po, natural girl who mixes products, deep conditions, cuts, rollersets, styles from the discomfort of my bathroom

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My wash days vary from week to week depending on home much time I have and how I plan to style my hair. Below is the long version…meaning I used heat the previous week, have slept without a scarf, or have committed some hair sin.

 

In sections I:

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    step 1: warm water rinse

    Warm water rinse

  1. Shampoo

    1. I will shampoo my scalp a section at a time. I section my hair in big twist, but i unravel and re-twist each of my 4 sections in this shower.

  2. Cleansing conditioner

    1. Shampoo only touches my scalp. I cleanse my hair with cleansing conditioner. I apply cleansing conditioner to the length of my hair and re-twist so the shower steam will work the product in.

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      Step three: cleansing conditioner

  3. shower

    1. I hope you know how to do that

  4. Shampoo again

    1. I cleanse my scalp one more time

  5. Rinse cleansing conditioner

    1. While rinsing my finally round of shampoo I also rinse

      out my cleansing conditioner. I prefer to let it saturate as long as

      possible because I feel it produces the softest cleanest hair.

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Slik Dream Go Moist Shampoo Review

At first I was afraid, I was petrified.IMAG0340

Thinking sulfates could never be by my side

And I spent so many nights thinking how sulfates did me wrong

But then I found Go Moist and my hair grew strong

I sing this tune to Aretha Franklin’s I will survive when I shampoo my hair with Silk Dreams Go Moist shampoo–and now for the review

[Product Name]: Silk Dreams Go Moist Shampoo

[Product Price]: $8.00

[Product Size]: 8 oz

[Product Ingredients]: Water, Sodium Myreth Sulfate, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MEA,  Sodium Pyrrolidone Carboxylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Polyquaternium 10, Glycol Distearate, Triticum vulgare (Wheat Germ) Oil, Beta vulgaris (Beet) Sugar Extract, Olive Oil PEG 7 Esters, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-7 Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Urea, Yeast Extract, Fragrance

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[Product Directions]: Apply to wet hair. Smooth down the hair shaft to create a moisturizing lather. Rinse and condition.

[Product Claims]:This shampoo delivers manageability, moisture, and protein and moisture binding properties to your hair.

[Product Scent]: It smells nice and light, but doesn’t have a particular scent

[Product Consistency]: The product is not a clear shampoo but is a milky, pearl like white. The shampoo is more runny than others but that same quality makes it easy to spread.

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[Product Realities]: I was hesitant to try this product because of the sulfate. but after reading some positive reviews and having a great interaction with the seller I decided to give it a go and I am so glad I did.

The shampoo is very, very gentle and not stripping. I had long given up on shampoo until I meant the gentle giant that could tackle my product build up. The shampoo spreads evenly and slightly lathers so you get that ohh-ahh clean shampoo feeling without that squeaky clean sensation like your hair/scalp are a windex clean window pane.

In addition to not being drying, the shampoo cleans. As in really cleans. I have given this shampoo as a gift to a fellow natural suffering with scalp irritation and working to correct years of relaxer damage and she loved the shampoo too.

Basically this shampoo is a go on all fronts.

[Shopping Experience] : The store is only online, but one thing I like is the website is shut down when things become backordered. That means after every sale she will not take more orders while she makes sure all previous orders are correct. Customer services is definitely a priority, so even if it take a while it is worth it.