Temporarily Straightened

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!


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Diane on July 12, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    I have worn my hair in a short afro for the past 3 years. I have the usual chemical damage and have a noticeable thin spot, part bald spot on the crown of my head. However, I wear it with pride as some of friends say. I don’t think I will ever go back to the chemical route. I am looking for something different. I would like to do dred locs or sister locs. I am wondering if my stylist and I could work around the balding area by adding extentions. I need some direction.


  2. Posted by maturenatural on July 12, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Hi Diane! Is your stylist a loc specialist? If not, I would definitely get a consultation and ask a lot of questions. Opting for locs which require little manipulation may be the best route for you (Sisterlocks). I also have previous damage in hairline and crown area from perm use where the hair grows thinner. Scalp massages and Hairveda Vatika Frosting helped tremendously.

    Check out Nappturality‘s loc forum or Sisterlocks.com for more info. Hope that helps.


  3. I know it probably sounds scary but it really is perfectly safe to press natural hair (if done correctly). I have been natural for 8 years and I press my hair every winter (b/c the summer heat is way to harsh). I would NEVER even attempt to press my hair in the summer! The key is to use the right amount of heat and to use as little oil as possible. Using too much oil is like putting your hair in a skillet and “frying” it up. I straighten occasionally just to change it up a bit… but I always end up missing my natural hair again.



  4. Posted by maturenatural on August 5, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Hi Lovely Lady Luxe! I think I did a decent job. It had been about 2 years since I pressed. My hair reverted back with no problem and I was glad. I definitely missed my natural hair.

    I visited your blog and I likey. Will definitely be visiting again. Thanks for stopping by.


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