I clarified, deep conditioned, detangled, and twisted my hair overnight for a light trim. I usually don’t use heat, but decided to attempt a light press myself. Yeah, I know. I swore off using heat ever again, but I’m not gonna lie. I was scared. Previously, I experienced some serious heat damage from a salon visit over 2 years ago. I went in for a press and within a month, had to do a big chop. I lost eight inches of heat damaged hair, so I’ve been afraid of heat ever since.
I applied a little olive oil to my hair and did a light press with a wide-toothed pressing comb. I didn’t let the comb get too hot and It took about 1/2 hour. The results turned out pretty good, but by the end of the evening, it started reverting back. Actually, I was happy to see this because I remember how the damaged hair stayed straight. For three days, I braided it up, applied coconut oil, and tied it up overnight with a scarf. Here are the results:
I did gain 7 inches since February 2007. Here is a photo from last July 2007:
I washed, deep conditioned, and applied shea butter mix (shea, jojoba, castor, aloe vera). My hair had already started to revert back and curled up with no straight pieces anywhere. Any damage from the light press? No obvious damage at this time, but I’ll make sure to step up deep conditioning and protein treatments just in case. It was cool to be temporarily straightened, but I like my kinky-curly hair so much better. Feels good to be back to normal though. LOL!