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 I love celebrating my big chop anniversaries by straightening my hair to see how long it has gotten and even though this year I did it a little bit late, it still happened.  Keep reading to see how!

Last year, when I tried to blow out my hair, it was a big, frizzy, poofy mess.  It was my first anniversary since my big chop, and since I cut my hair in December, I wanted to straighten it for Christmas.  I spent hours blowing it out and flat ironing it, only to wear it in a ponytail/bun the entire time because I hated how it looked.

This is what it looked like last year.  Even though I hate this picture, glad I saved it for this purpose.

This is what it looked like last year. Even though I hate this picture, glad I saved it for this purpose.

This year, I was going to be prepared.  I did not want to have a poof ball on top of my head.  So I went to YouTube, looked up some naturalistas and combined some of the methods that seemed to work best so I wouldn’t look like that picture.  Because my attention span is shorter than a grain of rice, I obviously didn’t watch that many videos, but I found two methods that I combined to make it work for me.  The videos included one from a popular natural hair blogger, Mini Marley and one from someone who I’ve never watched before but of course now that I sit to write this I can’t find the video.

Based on Mini Marley’s video, I started by rolling my hair with a lot of mousse from Shea Moisture.  And personally it didn’t work – but it’s my fault.  I used the hood you attach to a blow dryer rather than an actual hooded dryer and it couldn’t fit over all of the curlers so some spots were so hot I got burned, while other spots got no heat at all.

Trying to roller set my hair first was a huge fail.

Trying to roller set my hair first was a huge fail.

As the hot spots were too hot, I ended up taking the hooded dryer off and blow drying by hair the regular way.  Side note, I recently noticed that the spot that was supremely hot actually got burned.  Like the way it used to be when I got relaxers burned.  I could tell that had I had an actual hooded dryer the rollers may have helped, but what can you do?

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Looking back on these photos it’s crazy that just my blown out hair was longer than my flat ironed hair from last year.  After I blow dryer my hair, I used the method from the second video to flat iron it.  Since I can’t find the video, I have to actually type that method out – basically I ran a fine tooth comb through my hair, while simultaneously flat ironing it.  Running the comb through supposedly helps to separate the strands, and it worked.  This is the most straight I have ever gotten my hair.

Here's what it looked like halfway through straightening it.  Long hair don't care.

Here’s what it looked like halfway through straightening it. Long hair don’t care.

Although I went through some hits and misses, I loved the final product.  I was able to get my hair super straight and see how much progress I have made in 2 years of growing my hair with no relaxer.  This is actually probably the longest my hair has been since before I started relaxing my hair.  It was actually motivation not to relax my hair, as I want to see how long it can continue to get without a relaxer.  It’s been nearly a week and I still have super straight hair besides a small section that got went in the shower.

Final product.  I need to trim my ends, but I love the way my hair turned out.

Final product. I need to trim my ends, but I love the way my hair turned out.

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