So, I've been transitioning for almost 16 months now, and I just straightened my hair for the first time since I started. My hair had been stretched from a twistout that I brushed out carefully (first time using a brush in a long time, also, usually I only use fingers) and since my hair had basically no curl pattern, I decided to straighten it to see what it looked like.
I didn't try to get it bone straight. Used a very low heat--I have a Babyliss, it only lists numbers from 1-50, but I read it goes up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. I set it to "10". I also sprayed each section with massive amounts of heat protectant, Chi 44 Iron Guard. I really don't believe I incurred any heat damage, but, it's a risk I took (and am honestly nervous about) but I'd been wanting to straighten it for a while, so I did.
Pictures aren't great. My hair has grown a LOT, I haven't trimmed/cut it since I last went to the salon, almost 16 months ago. I'm very happy that everything I'm doing to keep my hair healthy seems to be working (and I pray to GOD that I haven't messed it all up by straightening it....)
I was kind of offended when I said I wanted to straighten my hair to my mom and her response was "You shouldn't" when usually she's like "Why don't you just do it" when I say I'm considering it. And when I sent my aunt the photo she was like "???" and then "Why???" Umm, because I wanted to? Sheesh, you'd think I'd committed some crime. It's been a year and a half since I've used any heat, and I used to always wear my hair straight, I just wanted to see what it looked like, see my length, and maybe be Abby Mills from Sleepy Hollow for Halloween. I literally always wear my hair curly--always. Calm down, people.
Here are some pics:
My attempt at a curly fro from August 8
How it lasted, 2 days later, August 10
A stretched twist-n-curl out from last Friday.
Somewhat failed chunky twist out on stretched, combed out twist out. I liked it well enough. (yesterday)
Straightened hair (today. I'm wearing the same thing because I threw on clothes to take photos. *shrug*)