Being 7 months post relaxer now has had me itching to get the creamy crack in my life. Normally each time I stretch between relaxers I go for a little while longer each time. I started from 3 month stretching, to 5 months stretching and would usually give in by the time half a year passes by. Clearly I’m team straight hair, don’t care.
This time around, I vowed to push the limits again with no exact time frame to how long I will be stretching my relaxer; but definitely not until Spring. For this reason, if you’ve been following over on the Kay’s Ways YouTube channel, I’ve been titling my videos more for transitioning now. I may not be officially making any claims to be going team natural or anything but for now I’m just letting my hair chill.
But what happens when you do want straight hair???
Somewhere in the haircare bible there’s a saying, “thou shall not use heat” or something like that. Get this though, you actually can use heat and keep your hair healthy at the same time when done correctly. A couple of weeks back I felt the urge to feel my scalp again so what better time to test out the NuMe Silhouette flat iron.
Plus I could finally dig in to the Alikay Naturals products that I bought during my Black Friday haul that I showed you on Instagram. (See you really should be following me here to stay up to date!). I don’t put heat on my hair too often but when I do, I make sure to do it right. I even shared a video of my full process over on the Kay’s Ways YouTube channel which I will include at the end of this post for you to watch,
By following these five simple tips you can learn the right way to flat iron your hair.
Always flat iron on freshly washed and conditioned hair.
If your hair is dirty and full of product buildup flat ironing it will only burn the product and in turn burn your hair. The flat iron styling method should only be used after a fresh wash day.
Make sure your hair is fully dry before flat ironing.
Whether you choose to airdry your hair or use some kind of heat to dry your hair beforehand, make sure your hair is fully dry before flat ironing. Wet hair will only singe the hair and cause heat damage or worst; burn it straight off. Imagine you letting the clamps of the flat iron go and your hair going right along with it. Need I say more???
Apply a leave in conditioner and heat protectant before flat ironing your hair.
You want to make sure your hair is in its best condition to accept the heat. Most leave in conditioners have a good balance of protein and moisture; applying one before your using your flat iron on your tresses makes sure the hair is in its best state to avoid damage.
Additionally you want to apply a heat protectant because it does just that; provides protection for your hair from the heat. I prefer an oil based heat protectant because to me the liquid sprays just rewet your hair going against what I stated above, not flat ironing on wet hair.
Do not moisturize and add oils before flat ironing your hair.
I know we’re always so quick to moisturize and seal our hair but it’s not necessary before flat ironing your hair. That will only weigh your hair down and could even possibly burn your hair. We cleaned our hair for a reason right? Feel free to add some moisture or shine with oils AFTER you finish your flat iron styling session.
Pay attention to the temperature of the flat iron.
You should set your flat iron no higher than 375 degrees. Yeah most flat irons claim to go up to 450 degrees but just because the setting is there doesn’t mean you have to use it. The key is to protect our hair so even if on a lower temperature; I like to stick around 350. As long as you are flat ironing smaller sections of hair you won’t need to make so many passes over and over with the heated plates from the flat iron.
Enter the NuMe Silhouette Flat Iron
By following these five simple steps then using my NuMe Silhouette flat iron I was able style my healthy and bouncy hair and this one flat iron session lasted me a good 2.5 weeks. Well I didn’t wear it out the full time, after the first week my bun was still real sleek tho!
There’s a reason there are 5 star reviews for the Silhouette on the NuMe Products website. My old flat iron plates were very bulky and had a boxy edge which makes for those horrible lines and bent hair ends. The NuMe Silhouette is sleek with 1 inch plates allowing you to get all up in the roots of your head; you can imagine with me being 7 months post relaxer that was the thickest area that needed to be straightened.
The NuMe Silhouette is 100% ceramic so it glided through my hair like butter. I didn’t have to pass the iron over too many times to get my transitioning hair straightened. The fact that the edges of the flat iron are curved also made it easy to curl my hair but of course you have the option of pin straight hair as well. I love the versatility the NuMe Silhouette has to offer.
The cord is super long so you should be able to have access to a plug and still have room for all the arm maneuvering you’re about to get into. The on and off and temperature switch is located between the back handles of the flat iron. When you first turn the straightener on you’ll see a red light that lets you know it’s warming up but in less than a minute it will switch to green and you know you are good to go!
You’re able to adjust the temperature by using the dial. There are 3 temperatures listed through the dial; 140 degrees, 290 degrees and 410 degrees. I usually like the idea of digital settings so you know exactly what it is on but I think I eyeballed it well enough and stuck around my 350 norm.
The NuMe Silhouette straightener is originally priced at $139 but for this weekend only (1/14 – 1/17/2016) you can score your own NuMe styling tool for $115 off regular price. Thats right you can get the NuMe Silhouette for only $24!!! Use the promo code NEWYEAR115 and save big on any styling tool available on the NuMe website. I know the Silhouette straightener sells like hotcakes since there are only 3 out of the 5 colors left available. Get yours now before your favorite color Pink, Turquoise or Black flat iron sells out.
So you wanna see how my hair turned out???
Wanna see me come back to team Straight Hair Don’t Care? Press play to check out my process and see the full end results of my hair in the video below.
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