I can’t wait to tell you my experiencing using Instyler on Natural Hair! But first, let me tell you about my transition form natural hair to relaxed hair.
Four months ago, when I relaxed my natural hair, I don’t mind telling you I was so worried I had made a bad decision. As an over 40 Black woman, I wasn’t sure if my hair would continue to thrive with chemicals. My hormones are changing and so is my hair texture. It’s not thinning it, just making it curlier and wavier.
Well, I’m happy to report that I haven’t experienced any breakage at all since I permed my natural hair. In fact, my it is healthier and stronger than ever! I basically still use the LOC method and I think it’s a factor in my consistent growth.
In case you’re unaware of the method, let me explain it to you. It’s basically a process designed to moisturize your hair.
The “L” in LOC stands for liquid. Whether natural or relaxed, hair needs moisture in liquid form. I use Infusium’s leave-in conditioner to add moisture to mine. I don’t use very much; maybe about a pea size amount for each half of my hair – concentrating specially on the ends.
The “O” in LOC represents oil. After you add a bit of liquid, then seal it in with a tad of oil. I use argon oil now, but am not above using plain, old olive oil. Any light oil will do.
Then there is the “C” which represents cream. I’m not sure what is popular now, but I just finish with either my shea moisture concoction (raw shea and olive oil) or Cantu Shea butter leave-in conditioner.
That is all there is to it and my hair is thriving!
One of my favorite tools is my Instyler two-way straightening device; I purchased from Target. I love this thing! It has 3 heat settings and gets pretty hot. I always opt for the highest heat. The barrel turns superfast while brush’s bristles straighten the hair. Even when I was 100 percent natural, Instyler was my go-to tool for a straight, sleek look.
This part will blow your mind. I use my Instyler about every two weeks – after each shampoo. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that because that’s a lot of heat usage. But, again. I haven’t experienced any breakage, excessive shedding or thinning!
My gut tells me my heat protectant routine is the reason. The first is the Infra Treatment by Chi. It’s a bit cumbersome because you apply it after your conditioner and it must sit 5 minutes. Seems like a clumsy extra step, but it’s worth it. After a speedy rinse, I’m ready for the next part of the process.
Silk Elements MegaSilk Olive Heat Protection Spray is straight bomb!
Yes, people over 40 can say “bomb”. At least I didn’t say “the bomb” which is old-fashioned now (or so I’m told).
After I towel dry my hair, I spray on my Silk Elements and work it through. It’s blow dry time! I try not to get it “bone” dry.
At this point my hair will be a bit frizzy. So, I’ll section it off and spray with Silk Elements yet again followed by my Instyler. The process goes really fast and I usually need only one pass to straighten my hair.
There you have it. This has been my routine for the last 4 months and here’s proof my hair is responding well. Now, I do need a trim, but I have for some time and still keeping my length.
Now, you know, I’m still wearing my wigs. I just love to give my hair frequent breaks and sport a different hairstyle from time to time.
Same wig 2 colors – Bobbi Boss style Carolyn.
Does it shock you I have retained my length?