So, I was really trying to not straighten my hair at all during the "Take Back Your Hair" Challenge, but I attended a special event for which I wanted to wear my hair down and loose. Now, I asked you ladies if you would consider it cheating if I were to dye my bangs (See Check In & A Question for the full post), and most of you said no. In addition, some of you expressed that if I did color my bangs, then I should consider that as cashing in on one of my heat passes. Well, because I did want to wear my hair straight, and will probably straighten it again for an event I have coming up next month, I've decided to hold off on coloring my hair until after the challenge.
Last Thursday I shampooed my hair with my One N' Only Ceramic Silk Shampoo, then did a protein deep conditioning treatment with Aphogee's 2 Minute Reconstructor treatment. I allowed my hair to air dry over night with a heat protectant (For details see How I Air Dry My Hair Prior to Straightening), then flat ironed it with my GVP Generic Chi the following day. This is what my hair looked like prior to washing it:
And this is what my hair looked like after straightening it:
I know we're only one month into the challenge, but I can already see a major improvement in the health of my hair. My hair looks and feels much fuller and healthier. This challenge has forced me to stick with a regimen that includes regular deep conditioning treatments. Since I stopped straightening my hair once a week in '09, I didn't feel the need to deep condition as much, as I always saw it as a necessary measure to prep my hair for heat. Yet, I now see that regular deep conditioning treatments really do keep the hair strong and healthy regardless of how it's styled.
My ends look just as clean and crisp as they did when I trimmed them last month. I therefore don't intend to trim them again until the challenge is over in December. Staying on top of this new regimen (little to no heat and lots of deep conditioning) will further assist in keeping my ends clean throughout the challenge.
Hope you ladies are doing well :-). I can't wait to hear how things are going for you!