Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tutorial: Hair Straightening

I am not a hairstylist. I hate styling my hair. I wash my hair every third night, blow it out and straighten it and smile for two glorious days in between when I do basically nothing. That being said - someone, somewhere might be searching for instructions on how a true naturally curly haired girl gets her hair pin straight without pulling her hair out in frustration. It might not be perfect, but it works for me. 1. I wash my hair in salon quality products designed for dry, color treated hair every third night making sure I leave my conditioner in for a good 2-3 minutes before rinsing it out. After the shower I blot my hair dry and comb through with a wide tooth comb. Mine came from Sally Beauty Supply and has been a lifesaver for the past 10 years. 2. I put a small (nickel size) amount of TIGI Bedhead Ego Boost Split-End Mender just on the bottom half of my hair. I comb through again with my wide tooth comb and blot the ends of my hair with a towel if it's still dripping wet. 3. I take Chi Silk Infusion (about a nickle size) and comb though with a medium spaced tooth comb. I bought my last bottle for $11.99 at Target. 4. I take my wide tooth comb and make six section of hair, three on each side of my part and clip them with Alligator clips. 5. Taking each section I blow dry using a tourmaline round brush (mine's make by TIGI and I purchased it at TJ MAXX for about $5.99) and my FHI nano technology hair dryer with diffuser (purchased on sale at Trade Secret for about $60). 6. Once dry I clip my hair again in six sections, just as before and straightened one section at a time using my Sedu Revolution straightener. For this I use a narrow comb from Goody with teeth that are very close together; I use the comb to lift the hair at the roots and clamp the iron directly on the hair behind it and follow the comb as it passes through my hair. I like a lot of volume so I actually iron the hair in the back of my head forward into my face so when I comb it back I have a "better than teased" look. I usually set my iron on 390*. 7. To handle flyaways, breakages, and to add shine to my hair I use TIGI Bedhead After Party (just one small pump) and smooth over the surface of my hair. **I buy my TIGI Bedhead EgoBoost and After Party together in a set that comes out about every Christmas. So far I have gone through two full bottles of each and about half of a second. I think the set sales for $25.00 but I usually wait for it to go clearance on the after Christmas sale. In between washes I'll use dry shampoo and sometimes I'll use large velour rollers for volume or use my flat iron to smooth out any frizzes or loose pieces. Oh and I wear a bright pink Goody brand shower cap when I bathe so I won't have to do anymore work on the in between days.

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