11.03.2014

The Sleek Bob.

I've had requests since way back to the start of summer in regards to how I get my naturally kinky curly hair super sleek and straight, and here it finally is. For me, the most important parts of getting a good press are having very moisturised and detangled hair prior to straightening, and having a good quality pair of hair straighteners. I usually make sure to wash and deep condition for at least an hour, after that i air dry my hair overnight in a few chunky braids and then i do a very quick blow dry just to smooth everything out and make the process faster. I can now straighten my hair in about 25 minutes flat these days and maintain it poker straight for about five days before my roots begin to revert. This is the fifth time i've straightened my hair this year and I would advise to always be discretionary about the amount of heat you put on your hair as it can cause damage.

The fine folk over at ghd sent me a pair of their limited edition lagoon stylers to try out. I had previously searched the internet high and low for naturals who had used ghd's to get their hair straight but could only find a handful so i thought it'd be great for me to try them especially as i have type 4 hair which is on the kinky-coil side of the curly girl hair spectrum.
Let's begin. You will need:

Detangled moisturised hair
A heat protectant that contains some sort of silicone (I used ghd's Heat Protect Spray)
A brush or comb 
Sectioning clips or hairbands

I begin by sectioning my hair into about four (sometimes five) sections for ease of access, and gently brush or comb each smaller section before straightening it just once! Yes I got straight hair with just one pass! Less passes mean less damage which is always a good thing.
Once all sections are fully straight, take your straighteners and run over the ends quickly flicking your wrist inwards to create a small curl, this is what will give you the illusion of a bob look without having to cut your hair into one! When you finish use your fingers or a wide tooth comb to gently comb it out so it looks more natural and you're pretty much good to go! Throw on your favourite red lipstick and killer dress and you're done.
Et Voila! Super sleek straight hair!

I love having natural hair because I can go from Coily to Straight with ease and so much more. As much as i occasionally like straight hair from time to time, i could never go back to relaxing! If any of you are considering going natural or transitioning and would like a more in-depth hair series let me know! I'll be doing a years worth of protective styling as of January 1st and will check in every three months and document my journey to healthier hair practices! I aim to grow my hair back to full Arm Pit length or even Bra strap length by the end of this year! I've had to cut off a good two inches of hair due to damaged split and dry ends from dying so here's hoping my hair can grow back quickly! P.S. Apologies for the dodgy lighting, it gets so dark quickly nowadays!



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14 comments

  1. Awww Sade looks lovely!! Your hair always looks so good! xx

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  2. this is so much hard work..beautiful love

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    1. Thanks Grace! You can get it down pretty fast once you get used to your hair and which methods work for you! Only took me about twenty minutes! :)

      xo

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  3. Yay can't wait to read your hair series! I've just managed to dry my hair overnight for the first time, think I'm going to avoid heat for a little while. That being said, I'd still like some new ghds!

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    1. So glad you've enjoyed this KB! Heat in moderation is awesome and yay for you air drying! :)

      xo

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  4. Ah ha! See, cos i was starting to get confused. I knew somewhere in the back of my mind that you have natural hair, but your hair's always straight in your pictures, so I wasn't sure anymore.

    So you flat iron your hair every week? Have you suffered any heat damage at all?

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    1. Oh my goodness haha no! I only straighten about five to four times a year! Most of my blog photos are taken in bulk which is why i might have the same straight hair in them. My hair is almost always worn stretched in wet buns or twist out updo's i.e i never wear it in a wash n' go due to extreme tangling! I can do a separate post on how i wear my twist outs, buns and braid outs during the week? And yes unfortunately i have experienced heat damage! The hair at the front of my head has a much looser curl pattern so i have to be careful not to go over that area very much or else it ends up straight! Hope that helps :))

      xo

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  5. So interesting to hear you only starighten a few times a year. I'm mixed so have soft curly hair that I blow dry out but recently due to dying and I guess heat damage over the years I've experienced some breakage. Will be good to get some tips and maybe learn to lay off the beloved GHD's!

    Shanika ~ shanika-says.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. These photos are lovely - they turned out great as did your hair! I'd love to straighten my hair once in a while but this weather is an absolute enemy of progress tbh :/ Literally raining all over my parade!

    Jacquie x

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  7. I love your hair Sade, so beautiful. Gorgeous pictures too x

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  8. Such a gorgeous look!
    Saadiya x

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XOXO Sade

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