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DIY Satin Lined Hat Tutorial

1.18.2016
Winter is my favorite time of year! It's time for layering clothes, hot chocolate, scarves, boots, leggings, beanies, and keeping warm is a must.  Beanies are my favorite but taking them off when I enter a building can be embarrassing.  Yes, I'm talking about frizzy hat hair that nobody likes (flat hair, pulled strands, and frizz just to name a few).  To prevent this from happening, I like to line my hats with satin.  The satin is hair friendly and it helps prevent frizz and tension on delicate strands.  Here is a video of the process.



Length Check on Natural Hair

1.04.2016
Average growth since last length check:

07/29/2014 - 01/01/16


 -2.5 INCHES

Check out my last length check HERE

Previous Length 7/29/14
Current Length 1/1/16

Last Length Check: June 29th 2014 
Last Trim: November 2015


Measurements
Front - 9 inches (Minus 3 inches)
Middle - 11 inches (No Change)
Side - 8 inches (Minus 2 inches)
Back - 8 inches (Minus 2.5 inches)

Overall Length: (A little past) Shoulder Length (SL)

This is a current length check of my hair. I compared measurements from my last length check. Overall, in a year and a half, I trimmed/lost a lot of potential growth. I lost a total of 2.5 inches in that time frame, not to mention about 9 inches of potential growth (hair grows approx 1/2 an inch per month). I'm still on a hair journey. I plan on being more consistent on this journey and enjoying the ride.  Set backs are just a set up for something greater (in my Joel Osteen voice). 


Wash Day

1.01.2016
Another washday has come and has gone. Today, I decided to flat iron my natural hair. It's been awhile (2 months).

For starters, I finger detangled my hair with Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Extra Moisturizing Detangler for Kids. I love the Shea Moisture Kids line so far. I also have the Curling Buttercream for Kids by Shea Moisture. I'm not a kid but I thought that anything marketed for kids must be gentle because some kids have tender scalps and hate getting their hair styled. Surprisingly, I was correct, It's so moisturizing and detangling. 

Back on topic, I parted my hair in sections with my fingers and sprayed my hair liberally with the detangling spray. I gently ran my fingers from the ends and worked my way to the roots to release shed hair. I also pulled my hair taut and smoothed each section downward until each section felt smooth. Once I finished a section, I twisted it and moved to the next. This process took an entire hour. I am slow at finger detangling but doing so before shampooing/conditioning really cuts down tangles. 



After finger detangling, I untwisted each twist. Then, I shampooed with Organix Moroccan Oil Creme Shampoo.  As usual I used my tangle teezer (not pictured but check out what it looks like HERE) to exfoliate my scalp of any dead skin cells. I was mindful the entire wash time to keep my hair smooth to avoid roughing up my cuticles and re-tangling any strands. Next, I deep conditioned with Miracle 7 Deep Conditioner and smoothed the conditioner throughout my natural hair. I then covered my hair with a plastic cap and sat under my Gold N Hot Conditioning Cap for one hour. Lastly, I used my Scalp Invigorator for two minutes to massage my scalp and increase blood flow.

Next, I rinsed out the deep conditioner and added a pea sized amount of the deep conditioner to my hair again for added softness. After 1 minute, I rinsed the deep conditioner out and wrapped my hair in a t-shirt for about 5 mins. Then I applied my leave in's. I sprayed It's A 10 leave-in and Kenra Blow Dry Spray in the palm of my hand and evenly distributed it throughout my natural hair. Next, I squeezed a little Redken Extreme Anti Snap in my hand and distributed it on my ends. Lastly, I pumped one squirt of It's A 10 Smoothing Balm in my hand and smoothed it through my hair and along my edges. 

As for blow drying, I tried to be fancy this time and use my new Denman
brush along with the concentrator nozzle that came with my Conair Yellow Bird Blowdryer. However, that was a mistake! My ends were knotted and there were small broken pieces of hair everywhere. Unfortunately, when I realized what was going on, the damage had been done.  Note to self: If a certain technique is working...stick with it! From there, I simply popped on my trusty comb attachment and proceeded to blow dry my hair.

After blow drying, I proceeded to flat iron with my new SEDU Professional Flat Iron (My new favorite iron of all time). I initially set the iron between 320 and 360 and did one slow pass throughout my entire head of hair. I normally flat iron on the highest setting but I didn't know what temperature I could use to reach my desired flat ironed look on this new flat iron. On my last flat iron, I straightened my hair on 400 degrees but it was the only temperature that I actually liked my flat ironed results. 
After lightly flat ironing I trimmed my hair. I'm new to trimming my own hair. This time around I did trim a lot more than needed to be trimmed but I'm enjoying the learning experience. My ends were actually in good shape and only needed dusting. The photo above is before and after the trim.

Also from the photos above, my hair was straight but it was very puffy. 
I decided to crank the flat iron up to 410 and give it another heat pass. I applied a small amount of One N Only Argan Oil serum throughout my hair before I began. I worked slowly and flat ironed smaller sections. After I finished, I rubbed a small amount of Coconut Oil throughout my strands for added shine. Overall it was a great wash day and happy mistakes were made.

The Wash Day Experience