My First Attempt at Straightening My 4C Hair

Two Sundays ago, I straightened my hair. Just like that, because I felt like it.

I had 8AM mass so I woke up at 5:30 to handle my bidness. It was already raining before I started at 6am, yet- like the stubborn grasshopper that I am, I committed to two hours of straightening, knowing that the slightest rain would most definitely revert all my hardwork. Commonsense eludes me sometimes.

So. The day before, I decided that Sunday would be the day I brought out my flat iron. I washed and deep conditioned my hair properly on Saturday, moisturised and sealed before chunky twisting my hair. I used the Carol’s Daughter Chocolat Blow Dry Cream as my heat protectant, and the instructions say to apply to damp hair. Later at night, I undid the chunky twists, put in the Blow Dry Cream and retwisted.

Safely straightening natural hair is one of the things I research every now and then. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen like 20 videos on the subject and read soooo many blog posts. Every girl has her own method, and because of the fear of heat damage, some straightening regimens I’ve seen can make you a little weak. Having applied my heat protectant on Saturday, all I did on Sunday morning was straighten. I didn’t blow dry first, I simply used a flat iron on still damp hair, that’s all.

Beloveds, I went to church late, and the two hours spent on my hair were not enough. The second hour was quite rushed.

DSC00178I don’t know if you can notice in this picture, but I was scared of putting the heat to my roots. I wasn’t too keen on putting so much on my ends either, even though I had put extra heat protectant on them. If I had more time, I would have done one extra pass all round, to flatten just a little bit.

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Peep that parting naw. If you have to wear a straight wig to a wedding or something, see how you can blend!

I don’t know what degree exactly I straightened at. My mom dashed me this flat-iron back in uni, way before I knew (or cared) about the effect of high heat on hair. The label with the degrees has since gone off, but I know I used the third highest setting (out of 4).

I went to church safely enough, but raindrops from Car to Church, Church to Car, Car to House, were inevitable. Somebody buy this girl an umbrella right? LOL. As a natural I have little fear of the rain, but when you temporarily want your kinky straight, you have everything to fret about. Long story short, in 3 hours, my hair had reverted to its kinky state.

IMG_3673Straightening natural hair is a serious job o, one I wouldn’t mind outsourcing to a professional but considering our humid environment, I’m not sure paying good money to straighten will be worth it. Still thinking about it sha, but I will try one more time before I submit myself to a stylist. I also think I’d be more efficient straightening someone else’s hair.

I’ll review the Blow Dry Cream properly after a couple more uses, but so far, I don’t think it was a waste of $20. It’s more than a heat protectant, I think it actually helps the straightening process. Though my hair reverted, it was still super soft. And, it managed to keep some semblance of straightness longer than I was able to do without it. The last time I tried to give myself a blow out in October, I did the same thing- shampoo, DC, moisturise and seal, leave overnight. I applied Grapeseed oil as my heat protectant. I did the blow drying in a cool closed room with the AC on, and my hair was reverting before I even finished! It also felt very very dry. Almost a full fro before I stepped out of the door and I had to use a flower crown to hold it down somehow. I didn’t want my time to be a total waste! struggle.com

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FirstΒ Pic- right after I finished blow drying. The way it was ehn, straightening would have been an exercise in futility.

I’m not in a hurry to go through this process again, but I might, on someone else’s ‘fro. Any volunteers? ( ._.)

Today’s moral lesson:

Don't straighten your hair on a wet day. Don't do it. Click To Tweet

Check the weather forecast, plan ahead. It can pain when your hair reverts. But then you’d laugh because Mother Nature is so funny, and laugh at how your hair, that stubborn girl upstairs doesn’t really listen to you. And then of course, you’d be grateful it reverted, a sign that you don’t have heat damage. ^_^

Have you succesfully straightened your hair in Nigeria? Please tell me how you did it and how long you were able to wear it for?

Love,

AB,

xx

 

21 thoughts on “My First Attempt at Straightening My 4C Hair

  1. I’m reading this and having a good laugh — because it sounds just like me a couple weeks ago! I got up one morning and decided I was going to blow out my hair to stretch it for a particular style. I neglected to look out the window to see the weather. It only took me 45 mins (shorter hair and no flat iron) but by the time I was ready to head out to work — ALL the stretching was gone! The air was heavy and showers of blessings poured most of the day. I was so cross that I wasted my energy πŸ˜€

    I’m taking to blowing out my hair when i need to do my updos because there is a whole lot less stress on my hair trying to get them to go into the ponytail once stretched out. I’m not too worried about heat damage tho I probably shd be :-/

    Anyways, i liked your not-too-straight look and PS – the top half of that dress is pwettttyyyyyy! πŸ™‚

  2. I have nightmares about straightening my hair. Way too fine. I just imagine it disintegrating in my fingers. Btw, it’s too bad you haven’t posted in a while. You always have such great posts

  3. Wow your hair is lovely, I’ll have to try this some time, though I don’t know if I can go through those long hours doing it myself. Anybody knows a good saloon where I can straighten natural hair in gwags? Pls let me know, it’ll be helpful. Thanks AB for your post

  4. Your hair! So thick, so shiny, so healthy and best believe it’s growing.
    The way I weaken when I think about straightening ehn, It is physical. I’ve become so lazy

  5. The shine of natural straightened hair without “mmanu mmanu” trips me everytime. Your hair has really grown but you can double dare yourself sha….spending 3 hrs straightening your hair and you have the boldness to go under the rain….I hail o.
    I straighten my hair often in all weather preferably at the end of raining season just before harmattan starts. My hair doesn’t feel too parched then.
    I can take it for up to two weeks sometimes creeping into the third.
    My tips are
    – applying a silicone based heat protectant
    – keeping my hair up and away from my body
    – avoid any activity that’ll cause me to sweat out my hair….side sway dancing things
    – bantu knot my hair at night

    http://www.nappilynigeriangirl.com/2014/11/on-straightening-natural-hair-to-reduce.html?m=1

  6. Your hair has really grown! It looks really good πŸ™‚ I haven’t straightened my hair before because I’ve been scared of heat damage but maybe I’ll give it a try one of these days.

  7. LOL! I want to straighten my hair too o but it’s like my enemies or the angels will not let me o! I go to a Salon, they don’t have a heat protectant (natural hair salon o here in Abuja); I go to another salon, the hair stylist looks scary and I can see smoke as she lets the straightener clamp down hard on a client’s hair so I chicken out, or some have never heard of heat protectant/thermal spray hair OR the salon’s Straightener just blows up (like literally catches fire before my eyes) OR there’s no electricity and the generator refuses to come on OR it rains all through the day so I can’t go out. (sighs). Am I being followed? It is well, this hair shall be straight one day!

    Nice write up

    http://www.achenyoswall.blogspot.com

    1. Lol! Your hair is probably thinking “Not today. Not ever.”
      Perhaps you can get your own heat protectant…..

  8. Wow..3 hrs. That’s why I would never straighten my hair in raiy season. I usually leave straightening to the -ember months. I’m looking for ward to straightening my hairin sseptember. Its been 6 months since the last one.

  9. Lol.. would it be safe to say I think you we are soul animals? πŸ˜€ anyway, id volunteer my fro o.. But I used heat last month. YouTube and instagram say it’s too soon πŸ™ love your blog. Keep doing what you do. πŸ™‚

  10. Hahaha! I remember when you put the pictures on Instagram. Your hair looked lovely and it’s growing! πŸ˜€

    I haven’t really thought about straightening mine yet. (Although some people want to see what it looks like straight). 😏

    Until I decide to, I can’t quite give any advise on it.

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  11. Lol, this post made me laugh.

    I like that your hair still retained thickness even when straightened, it was not flat or limp. You are definitely doing something right Ekene, it is noticeably longer too.

    Second moral lesson: Never forget that your hair is a jealous lover, she demands your time and attention, none of that rush-rush business for this diva, no ma’am! πŸ˜€

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