Humidity Chronicles: How I Went To Get Sleek Flat Iron Slayage And Ended Up With a Blow Out

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A couple of weeks back I shared my hair goals for 2016. Getting my hair straightened was part of the list. I had been wanting to stretch my hair out and see the true length after 2yrs of healthy haircare.  I was going to wait until the end of 2016 but got the crazy idea to go ahead since I had a formal appreciation and retirement dinner for work.

Having been curating videos and pics for work I was seeing some bomb straightening jobs and was itching to get the same results. I should’ve had better sense.

I went to the beauty supply store and got my anti-humidity hair milk by Garnier Fructis, IC Fantasia Heat Protectant Serum and Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Protectant. Sure enough the consultant had warned me that if I wanted anti-reversion product I should go with the Beautiful Textures Straightening System. I snubbed it, citing that Chime had used it and it damaged her curls.

I told her I had done my research and I was taking what I came to get and that’s that.

I started prepping my hair three days before, by washing then deep conditioning with a coconut milk and cocoa butter mix I had whipped up in my kitchen. I didn’t bother to put any product in after the wash except the anti-humidity hair milk in preparation for the blow out. I went to the salon and proceeded to explain how I detangled and how my hair was to be handled.

The girl who worked on me was too glad to be done, citing that I had a lot of hair. No sooner than I got up from the chair it started raining so a plastic bag had to shield me until I could get some place dry.

The following day was the day of the event and the day I was to get my hair straightened. I had confidence in the stylist because prior to my hair journey she had always done a great job with my natural hair; she was always gentle and seemed to know how to care for natural hair. But I hadn’t been to her in 5 yrs so I should have known.


She marveled when she saw how my hair had flourished to the point where when she stretched it it was at bra-strap level. Then she started on my hair and it seemed I had not detangled and blown it out the day prior.

She sectioned off my hair and proceeded to blow dry it again after adding the anti-humidity milk. After an hour she started straightening after applying the Tresemme Heat protectant spray. She was doing the chase method but again it was as though my hair was slowly recoiling to its curly state. Each section had totally reverted after 10 minutes.

That anti-humidity thing was no match for my hair and the humid Jamaican weather. I left the stylist looking like I had gotten a basic blowout. Sure, to save it she threw in a gorgeous updo but disappointment does not adequately describe how I felt. I had spent good money on products and labor and had very little to show for it.

I wanted to flaunt straight hair like I did back in 2012 when I had dunked some baby oil in my hair and fried it with the flat iron. Why was I going home with an updo 5hrs after sitting in that chair? It was nice enough but it was not what I wanted.

To top it off, I left there with a ball of hair so big I am certain my strands suffered breakage.  Well I’m never doing that again. Needless to say I took down the style as soon as I got home and ditched my plans to attend the event. How do you achieve and maintain straight natural hair in a humid environment?

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About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

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Brittany McNeil

I ran into that issue on a trip to Florida once where it is very humid.

Coming from a dry climate like Colorado, I wasn’t prepared for my hair to not cooperate so I basically just rocked it in a half straight/ half poofy state.

I still don’t know which products I would use in a case like this.

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For humidity, nothing works like “bad” products: grease or hold hairspray https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZbzypttw2k

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Yoli

I don’t straighten often and I have to be careful of what I use because it can weigh down my strands. I only use products with all natural and/or organic ingredients. When I do any heat styling I use products from Just Natural, KJ Naturals, and Alikay Naturals. Just Natural has an anti-humidity pomade that worked when I had my hair straight in two french braids and doing hot yoga!

Didn’t attend the event? A bun, goddess braids, cocoon curls, two french braids or flat twists could have saved your ‘do