I finally got over my fear of heat damage and whipped out my flat iron last weekend. After doing countless hours of research on flat irons and hair products to aid in the straightening process, it came down to two purchases.
First, the flat iron. I took a number of things into consideration when making this purchase. I wanted to make sure that the tool I chose had clear temperature settings (displaying the actual temp and not high/med/low settings), that it had either ceramic/titanium plates, and that it was no more than 1″- 1.5″ in width. I purchased the Ion Titanium Platinum Gator Flat Iron from Sally’s beauty Supply (http://www.sallybeauty.com/gator-flat-iron/SBS-301618,default,pd.html)
It cost me around $70 which i figured was a pretty decent amount to spend on a flat iron. Plus, I really like the pretty blue display light 🙂
At any rate, the next purchase I made was the Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Smoothing 3pc Starter Kit ($24.00) from Ulta. I watched a demonstration of the products and immediately wanted to try them. (http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?skuId=2244664&productId=xlsImpprod4210193&navAction=push&navCount=1&categoryId=cat150002)
I also found this chase comb from folica.com to be helpful…(http://www.folica.com/tools/hair-combs-and-picks/croc-iron-comb)
I chose not to record the process (because I wasn’t entirely confident in what I was doing and didn’t want the fact that I was on camera to distract me). But this is basically what i did:
Step 1: Overnight dry DC with Aubrey Organics Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner
Step 2: Rinse conditioner, shampoo with Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Smoothing Shampoo. This felt great on my hair and was not drying at all. It is a sulfate free shampoo.
Step 3: I initially was going to detangle with the CD Chocolat Smoothing Condish but it did not provide enough slip for me. So i rinsed the section out and used my beloved TreSemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture conditioner for detangling. Rinsed each section and then applied the CD Conditioner. Let it sit in my hair while I steamed in the shower and bathed.
Step 4: Rinsed conditioner with cool water in order to lock in moisture. Wrapped my hair in a t-shirt to absorb excess water. Then I applied the CD Chocolat Blow Dry Cream to each section and let it sit until my hair was about 70% dry.
Step 5: Blow dry hair on medium heat/high speed (i’m not here for sore arms blow drying on cool air low speed) The Chocolat System contains thermal protection.
Step 6: Section hair in 6 sections. Flat ironed 1″ pieces of hair with one pass using the chase comb and 360 degree setting on the flat iron. I repeat I DID NOT go over any hair more than once.
Annnnddddddd ( drumroll please)…..Here are my results:
Please forgive me, I was so excited that I didn’t screw it up that i neglected to take pics of the back of my head. However, here is my vlog post where I show you a 360 degree view (see i’m not a total dunce!):
Check out the length check in the beginning and hear my review on the products used to achieve this look!
Dani 🙂 ❤