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An Update On Heat Training

I’ve been heat-training my hair for about 3.5 months.

After the first month (so about 4 “training sessions”) I realized that simply blow-drying my hair alone would yield results that were straight enough to wear in a ponytail or bun (my normal default styles).  Additionally, I realized that to get the ‘expected’ silky tresses, I only had to do 1 quick pass-over with the flat iron at 450 and my hair would be silky with no tangled ends (or necessity of a pressing comb or small tooth chaser comb).

This was awesome and it allowed me to have a 2 month break.  A break from the hassle of fighting with my hair, or even the necessity of flat-ironing.

But after 2 months, I noticed that I was getting quite a bit of very coily “new growth.”  The reversion of the “heat trained” hair wasn’t bad (actually I appreciated my now type 3b appearing coils), although the very ends were straight (which required some scrunching and gel in order to ‘blend in’ better if I wanted the “wet look”).   But, overall, I was loving my hair and really wanted to feel my scalp again.

So I decided to attempt another heat training session.

All was well…until I became too aggressive and applied the Organix heat-protectant and “sizzled” the coils straight (step nine of the process).  This worked the first time very well.  But now, with the prior heat-trained (weakened) hair, I quickly realized that this wouldn’t work well.  I tested a few strands and when they became noticeably weak, I decided to forgo any add-on water based product.  I instead used a small amount of grapeseed oil and did a once over.

All was well.

Lessons learned: 

The lesson I have learned so far is that the heat-training worked well, but once the hair is ‘trained/straightened’ it’s best to maintain with 450 once a week with no added water-based product with the flat-iron.  Instead I used the Chi Silk, the Giovanni Straightening gel and a tiny bit of grapeseed oil.  Work into clean, wet hair.  Blow dry.  And then flat iron dry hair with no additional product added until the process is complete.

Realize that step 9 of the process should only be done once on any given part of any strand of hair.  So your weekly ‘maintenance’ heat-training sessions are more like ‘regular’ flat-iron sessions.

Perhaps as the hair grows out even further, a repeat of step 9 may be in order on the new growth only.  This is sensitive, however, and so far, has not been necessary for me.