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Natural blow-dry/length check – so here’s what we did…

(I’m just realising I’ve typed “what we did” in the title of this post as if I did any of the work – unless sitting on my behind for so long that it felt like it was fusing with the chair counts!)

Ok so what did we he actually do in this five & a half hours to get my hair straight/stretched? “He”, by the way is Brian over at Tanaz on Corlett Drive, Melrose Arch. Yes, it’s a White salon but just ask for Brian & you’ll be ok!

First, I made sure Brian understood what I wanted (he’s also done my hair a few times before). When I called to book I spoke with him directly & said I was doing this once off as a length check & that I didn’t need it super duper straight. Curl preservation was the priority. The man gets me!

Secondly, I made sure to step up my regime at home a bit to give my fro an extra boost to handle the hot beating it was about to get. I’d say for about the 3 weeks leading up to my appointment I’d:

  • deep condition more regularly (& properly i.e. sections – no rushed jobs) around twice every 10 to 12 days instead of my usual once every 7 to 10 days.
  • I stepped up on the protein in both my choices of deep conditioners & leave-in conditioners whereas I’d normally focus a lot more on just moisture.
  • You probably guessed it already but I pre pooed the night before using coconut oil on slightly damp hair. I did this in 4 sections to ensure every single strand was covered in glorious EVCO.

Oh & in case your wondering what brand(s) was used on my fro, Brian used his new, own line of products on me at the basin (I’m actually going to the launch tomorrow, so details soon).

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moments before being shampooed. This face is lying. I was so, so scared.

Ok, so lets talk about actually what happened in-salon:

  1. shampooed
  2. deep conditioned (kept this on at the basin for around 15/20 mins)
  3. detangled with the deep conditioner on with a wide toothed comb and a Tangle Teezer
  4. trimmed (yes on wet hair – my DevaCut dream still lives on!)
  5. set into curlers (he especially brought along some XL ones from his personal stash at home for the occasion that he bought in the US). He used “end papers” i.e. small squares of what looks like lunch wrap paper thats put on the ends of the hair before its put on the curler to keep ends extra smooth (I’ve never seen a local stylist use this & I think it works!)IMAG1649
  6. squashed my big head under the dryer for like an hour and half (seriously my head couldn’t fit and we had to “wrap” it in using a spare cloak – this is partly why it took so long & still didn’t dry 100%)IMAG1658
  7. blowdried the roots to get them straight (with a heat protectant, obviously! Something from the Paul Mitchell Awuphi range I can’t remember exactly)IMAG1669
  8. flat ironed  the lengths (he used a Wahl  Cutek Advanced iron – I didn’t get a proper look at it but he says you can get it at Dischem)
  9. trimmed a little more (there were heart palpitations at this point)

And then there was lots of hair tossing! 🙂

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PS. There are some close up pictures over here if you’re curious.

Be kind to your hair!

W

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