This wash day was a co-wash day. Additionally I decided to flat iron my hair because I wanted to wear it down a day or two this week.
I started by pre-pooing with a coconut oil and grapeseed oil hot oil treatment to my scalp and new growth. On the rest of my strands I used Suave Natural Infusions Moisturizing Conditioner. I left all this on for a little over an hour and sat under my hooded dryer for about 10 minutes.
After rinsing I cleansed with Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea CoWash.
Next was a rinse with green tea and apple cider vinegar that I massaged into my scalp for a couple of minutes. I rinsed and then applied a coconut milk conditioner and let it sit for a couple of minutes before rinsing.
I dried using t-shirt and then my blow dryer on cool. Here are the results after blow drying.
Next was flat ironing. As heat protectant I used my leave ins Nothing But Melted Shea Butter, grapeseed oil and then Thermafuse f450 One Pass. I put the heat setting of the flat iron on 320 degrees. I didn't do more than two passes per section. This resulted in my new growth being smoothed instead of straight which was what I was shooting for. I wanted to avoid causing any heat damage to my relaxed hair and natural hair by using the protectants, lower heat setting and only two passes.
While I liked the look of my flat ironed hair the flat ironing will not be happening often for a couple of reasons
- The first one being it extended my wash day by an hour and a half.
- The second is I don't like using a lot of direct heat on my hair. I cringed every time the flat iron touched my hair despite the iron being on 320 degrees, using heat protectant, fully drying my hair prior and not flat ironing my ends.
A couple of days later I wore my satin pillow rollers to bed and wore my hair in a half up, half down style. It looked pretty good though the curls fell throughout the day because I didn't use any setting lotion.
This wash day went well and I'm looking forward to next week because it's going to be a clarifying wash day and is my last one before my relaxer touch up.
What products do you use when you flat iron your hair?