It’s been over three years and it was time.
I’m quite adverse to regular heat styling natural hair. Especially, fine natural hair. That’s because it can cause irreversible damage. That doesn’t mean that those of us with fine hair can never heat style. With the right tools and techniques, we should be able to enjoy straight hair on occasion (a rare occasion IMO).
Natural Hair Mistakes
I made a lot of mistakes when I started my natural hair journey well over 10 years ago. One of those mistakes was heat styling my hair weekly. While I didn’t incur a lot of permanent straightening due to heat damage, I did incur a lot of breakage…specifically at the crown.
Once I discovered that straightening my hair regularly was causing more harm than good, I stopped…cold turkey. I had no desire to ever straighten it again. I decided I would embrace my fine natural hair the way it grew out of my scalp.
As time went on, I learned what my hair liked and didn’t like. I even discovered my holy grail hair products and developed a healthy natural hair regimen that consistently worked well for me. What I didn’t and still don’t do well is cutting or trimming my own hair.
Remember at the beginning of this post I said, “It’s been over three whole years….?”
Well, straightening is not the only thing I did over three years ago. That’s also when I decided to grab a pair of sheers and hack my hair off so it could be “fixed.” It was my intention to level out the bottom layer of my hair so that it would allow my slower growing crown to catch up, causing my overall appearance to be more even.
At the time it seemed like a good idea. Then, I started experiencing an increase in single strand knots and incomplete split ends. I should have just let a professional do it because since I’ve cut my own hair, it’s never been the same.
My Silk Press & Haircut Experience
At the bottom of this post, you’ll find a video that details my entire experience getting my haircut professionally, deciding on heat styling via a silk press, who did it and why I chose her to cut and style my hair. For now, here’s a summary of my experience:
- 30 minute consultation was conducted before my hair was touched
- After shampooing, I received a protein treatment
- Discovered my hair’s porosity levels (there’s more than one. Check out the video!)
- Haircut was performed on dry, lightly blown out, flat ironed hair.
- Flat iron was set to 320 degrees and one pass was used throughout most of my hair. The roots were touched with an additional pass in some areas
- A silicone based heat protectant was used (Silicones are not as evil as you think y’all)
- My hair was cut in stages and approximately 4-5 inches was removed
Hair Regimen Changes
Now that my hair is freshly cut (my ends are so on point, I could poke your eye out LOL!) and I’m more keenly aware of my hair’s porosity levels, I’m going to focus on adopting the most simplified hair regimen possible.
I’m still participating in Mahoganycurls Healthy Hair Growth Challenge and recently shared my revised hair regimen for the challenge. This will typically stay the same but with a few additions:
- Incorporating the use of a low porosity shampoo (to focus on my crown) at least once per month.
- Taking my time when cleansing my hair so that my scalp can be more thoroughly cleansed.
- Only trimming out a knot that can’t be detangled out.
- Doing the inversion method once a month.
In addition to these changes to my hair regimen, I will no longer be “dusting” my ends or conducting “Search and Destroy” sessions. I’m going to stick to getting my hair professionally trimmed once every 4-5 months. Since I don’t do anything to regularly cause damage to my hair, I won’t need to trim more often than 3 times per year.
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