By: Añya Grant from iHeartMyHair.com
Who knew that an unconventional way of using a clothing iron would reap so many dislikes? It fascinates me to see what started out as an act of desperation has turned into an array of questioning my sanity. Yes, you read correctly, an act of desperation due to not having any flat iron or blow dryer in my possession. I desperately needed to style my hair for a networking event and I wanted to style my hair a certain way.
In order to complete this specific hairstyle, my aim was to get my hair as straight as I possibly could. My first instinct was to borrow a blow dryer, but was unsuccessful since most of my friends have Locs and have no use for a blow dryer. With time against me, I did what I believe anyone would do in my situation and that’s to — be creative. I grabbed the only heat derived household item I could find, — the clothing iron.
I must admit I was nervous at the idea, after all, I only blow dry and flat iron my hair once a year if I feel the need to. Although I was inexperienced with straightening my own hair, I knew that I had to try my hardest to protect my hair from heat damage. So I proceeded with caution following the steps below:
Step 1: Luckily to my dismay, I had a heat protectant hanging around that I bought from Sallys’ called Proclaim Professional Care Glossing Polish Colour and Heat Protection. The other thing I needed was an assistant to make sure I didn’t burn my hair off. So I made sure I had someone to do the actual straightening for me.
Step 2 : After I washed my hair, I applied a moisturizing deep treatment and condition wash; I twisted my hair and waited for it to dry. Then I sectioned my hair in small sections, applied the heat protectant, combed through my stretched twist out. Then, once I calmed my nerves I started to apply the clothing iron technique starting from the roots all the way to the ends.
To our surprise it came out well, it surprised my husband so much that he came up with the idea of filming a vine. Would I do this again? Probably not, but I learned the lesson: Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Disclaimer: Do not try this at home.