I have only flat ironed my hair twice during my current natural hair journey. The first time was just 2 weeks after my 1 Year Natural Anniversary. My hair went from flat ironed to an afro in less than 24 hours. Check out that transformation HERE!
Flat ironing your natural hair is a big deal and, if you’ve landed on this post then, you agree that just avoiding heat damage is half the battle. Finding ways to keep your tresses moisturized without adding water, which will revert your hair back to its natural curl pattern, is just as challenging. I’ll admit, when I first flat ironed my hair it didn’t last long enough for me to worry about moisturizing it in its straightened state. The second time I flat ironed my hair I used a different technique which allowed for my hair to remain in a straightened AND moisturized state for 5-6 days. I’ll share that new technique in a later post.
Adding water to flat ironed hair is a major NO-NO. Doing so will surely cause your hair to revert. Many naturals go through an intense deep conditioning (DC) and pre-poo (using a conditioner to wash hair instead of shampoo) before even attempting to prepare their hair for flat ironing. This is an awesome step! I definitely do this as well. The thing is, even if your hair remains moisturized for a few days it still will eventually need to be re-moisturized. Some naturals only keep their hair straightened for the length of time they can go without moisturizing (which isn’t very long at all; think about it, many of us moisturize our hair daily, if not every other day) and other naturals sacrifice moisturized hair to maintain their straightened tresses for up to 3 weeks! For both that sacrifice to maintain straight tresses for longer periods can be major.
Your “ends” are the oldest part of your hair and suffer the most during flat ironing (they tend to be stubborn and may need another half swipe of the flat iron to get them straight). The heat from the flat iron really takes away a lot of the moisture the hair received during the deep conditioning and pre-poo stage so its imperative to replenish your hair with moisture and not allow your hair to dry out. I set out to find out how to avoid this equation below…..
Flat ironed hair + brittle hair/ends + NO moisture= BREAKAGE & SPLIT ENDS!!!!
So without further delay, here is my finding (it definitely WORKED FOR ME & I hope it works for you too!)…
How I Flat Iron My Natural Hair Without It Reverting…
Step 1: First section hair off into 4-6 sections. Too few sections and you’ll miss moisturizing all of your hair and with too many sections you’ll apply to much product.
Step 2: Take 2 drops (the size of the tip of 2 fingers) of Kinky Curly Knot Today (KCKT) and smooth it down the section. Do NOT use any more than that because although water isn’t an ingredient it’s still a watery & creamy solution and can saturate your hair causing it to revert.
Kinky Curly Knot Today is a phenomenal product. Check out my review HERE! A well known leave-in moisturizer (and detangler) in the natural hair community. You’d be surprised to find out that it isn’t a water based product and water actually isn’t anywhere on the product ingredient list! This is why it’s so stellar in this moisturizing regimen for straightened natural hair.
Step 3: Immediately after applying the KCKT apply your favorite oil to seal in the moisture. I like to use argan oil or coconut oil, both are light & don’t weigh the hair down, both penetrate the hair strands and of course they each smell great.
Step 4: You can either allow each section to air dry or you can roll the hair around a flexi rod and allow it to dry. If you applied just the right amount of product then your hair should be relatively dry in a few minutes, enough time for the product to really seep into your strands to moisturize without reverting.
Sometimes natural hair is a mystery and sometimes it just takes
simple trial and errors before you find the solution that fits your hair needs. I have found one that I LOVE and cheers to hoping you love it too!
So Blossoms, how do you moisturize your natural hair without it reverting?
Until Next Time,