Friday, 8 January 2016

Straightening and Trimming my Natural Hair

Last week when I posted about my 2016 Natural Hair goals aka hairsolutions, I mentioned that I was due for a trim and would be going to the salon. I promised to share photos of the process here, so relax and take a look see.

I got to KL's Naturals just in time for my scheduled appointment, and it being a Saturday, the salon was very full. After waiting for a little bit, I got in the chair ready for the process. I told Kemi (remember the post that showed some of the styles she's done at her salon?) that I definitely wanted to trim and have straight hair at the end of the day. She recommended a light protein deep conditioner, then blow-drying, trimming and finally flat-ironing.

I came in my crochet wig (learn how to make one here) - that people still thought was my real hair by the way.

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I don't blame them for thinking it was real.
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Seriously, look at it!
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After I took out the wig, Kemi pre-poo'd my hair with a Spray bottle mix of African Naturalistas Moisturizing and Detangling Conditioner and water.


Then she combed my hair out to detangle it. Afterwards, she washed the hair, before putting the Light Protein and DC mix into it. I was put under a steamer for maybe 15/20 minutes - this lifts the hair cuticles so that the hair absorbs the mix. After steaming, she washed/rinsed my hair again.
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Then Kemi blowdried my hair on a cool/lukewarm setting.
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Do you see my ends? I had LOTS and LOTS of split ends and tangles. I was definitely in need of a trim. Going forward, I will get my hair trimmed 3 to 4 times a year as need be.
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Kemi trimmed off between 2 to 3 or 4 inches - she said it was that bad. But I'm happy because I'd rather have healthier hair than long scraggly hair. The final step was flat-ironing and these are the results.
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Look how nice and shiny!!!
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All I know is I'm going to maximize having straight hair as long as I can - I've been avoiding water like the plague! Perhaps next week I'll share some styles I've been doing and what I've learned about moisturizing straight/stretched natural hair.

Have a happy weekend!
Berry Dakara.

18 comments :

  1. I love your hair. It's good you had a trim.I trim every 3 months too. Looking at your hair now, I think I'd love to straighten it when it clocks 4

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth. How do you trim your hair?

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    2. I put my hair in twists and trim with a scissors. My mum does it for me sometimes sha

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  2. The way I went to stark KL's blog after that post lool! Those styles were epic. I think I am gonna have to do the same to my hair, only issue is a good natural stylist are hard to come by in the UK. The one I found is booked up to until February. Look at that shine!!!! The results are great!!!!!

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  3. Oooo, I love. Your hair looks rich and voluminous!

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  4. Your hair looks so full and shiny. I find that if I don't keep up with at least dusting, I will end up cutting off over 3 inches. Light dusting has really kept my ends in check.

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  5. Wow it cam out so lovely..waiting for the styles next week

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  6. Ehn! This is so nice.
    Now I want straight hair.
    Lovely...

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  7. wow! your hair looks so full and shiny, it was nice that you got the trim though. i would love to straighten my hair..hopefully next year when it clock 4 lol. great post by the way.

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  8. Wow!! and you were saying your hair was shortt... Even with the trim fa. Soooo lovelyyy!!

    I NEED a TRIM too, last time I got one was before my wedding. Chai, it is already last year o.

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  9. Your hair looks yummy. Why didn't you show your face na?

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  10. I've never really officially trimmed my hair. Just dusting!



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  11. So nice and shiny! Yum. Wow almost 4 inches. Dusting is saving my hair life.
    When I eventually straighten my hair, God knows when, Kemi will do it.
    Naija girl next door

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  12. We didn't do up to 4 inches - it was closer to 3 in the worst hit areas :) Glad to see you're enjoying your straight hair Berry!

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  13. I am seriously due for a trim and a hair TLC at KL store.

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  14. Choi... Look at that thickness and lustre

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