As many of you know I specialize in minimum chemical usage in the salon. My speciality is color and blow outs (ceramic fusion). Although my clients don’t have relaxers majority of them wear their hair straight more often than textured so flat iron use is very important.

Types of Flat Irons

  • Ceramic
  • Titanium
  • Tourmaline

I remember when the industry really started pushing the use of Ceramic Flatirons a representative would come in the salon, offering us a “deal” and new information about what was new or upcoming. The irons that were 100% ceramic were running at least $300 at the time and still are for some of the ore popular. In my demographic the stylist were really skeptical because we were using the hot stove with the marcel irons so wrapping our minds around change didn’t happen that fast. So then we were introduced to Ceramic plated irons. Ceramic plated irons promised a smooth finish for a lower price but they are literally just that COATED. The metal plates are still present underneath.

Tourmaline irons are really popular as well. Tourmaline is a gemstone or mineral grounded up and used to cover the plates.

Nano Technology is another type you may see a lot and they only consist of tiny particles of ceramic.

Infrared Cermaic Irons have a very low level of ceramic in the iron.

Titanium Irons have become really popular because of how fast they heat up and the consistency of the shine and smoothness of the hair.

In the salon I use a mixture of Ceramic and Titanium depending on the texture and the density of the hair.  I DO NOT suggest titanium for home use. You just run to big of a risk for heat damage.

 

My first day of beauty school was December 2003 and I graduated March 2005. My classmates and I were one of the first groups of students that had Natural Hair as a module. We were given a textured mannequin and were taught how to press hair using the straightening comb, braid, and add weave on this mannequin. At the time relaxer free hair wasn’t as popular. There was literally just that handful of clients that had never had one and relied totally on the hot comb and the professional.

Now fast foward to 2017……

I am have been doing relaxer free hair for 9 years but these last 3 years I have been introduced to a new wave of clientele. They are full of concoctions hunny. They mixing air, avocados, eggs, peppermints, and laffy taffy.

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Recently I had a new client come in and during our consultation I learned that she begin growing out her relaxer about six months ago. Her main goal was to strengthen the integrity of her hair because she loves hair color but with a relaxer her hair was breaking. SO to sum it all up she rather have color than relaxer. My follow up question was: What have been using on your hair during your transition? She had lots to say! My last and final question was: WHY SO MANY?  She was mixing her whole spice cabinet on her hair, waiting and watching for a miracle in the mirror.

Castor Oil, Argan Oil, Olive Oil, Peppermint Oil, Avocado Oil, and Coconut Oil(check previous post about this)

In my research I have found that majority of them have the same three promises: MOISTURE! REPAIR! STRENGTH!

Soooooo why use all 100 of them together. SIS pick one and save your money.


Castor Oil: Moisture +Growth Stimulation

Argan Oil: Moisture Tames Frizz +Fly Aways+ Vitamin A and E

Avocado Oil: Healthier to eat. Works best from the inside out.

Peppermint: anti microbial + anti inflammatory (reduce fungus that causes dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis

Olive Oil: Moisture + anti microbial  + anti inflammatory

One of the stylist in my salon had a client that had been using straight peppermint oil on her hair becauseeeeeeeee she enjoyed the tingly feeling but later realized she had burned a whole patch of her hair out. Castor Oil is #1 recommended because dry hair doesn’t progress. I typically recommend my clients to use it especially while wearing braids and “protective styles”. I also have my textured clients to add it into their budget friendly shampoos (shade lol). I use Argan Oil in the salon often I had 1 to 2 drops to my conditioner for my color clients especially.

 

Whew: I’m glad to have that off my chest. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments and share this good info with your family and friends.

 

This is the time of year when the “magic” happens. I call it “magic” because it amazes me that time after time you guys don’t purchase weave that is similar to your texture. I wear weave maybe twice a year and I always go for a texture that matches mine the most. So my question is what exactly are you protecting? If you are burning it out by over pressing and curling you not protecting your hair you are damaging it. I notice heat damage the most around the face. Ask me why? Because you only care about what you see in the mirror. If it looks good in the mirror you consider yourself on fleek meanwhile your hair is in the fleeking sink. Do better ladies…consult with a professional and figure out the best texture and the best method so that once you come out of the weave you still have some hair.