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About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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  1. Bechielee says

    First, I want to say I absolutely love blackhairinformation.com. This website has helped me make the decision to make my big chip and go natural. I have very fine 3b curly hair. I think that’s the right code for it. Prior to my BC on 8/27/2013 I had massive heat damage. My curls were limp and dried frizzy, any attempt to capture a curl pattern ended up looking pathetic. My handy tools were the culprits, the wet to dry flat iron and the Instyler. Let me just say, I love both. But I love my hair more. That being said, I wasn’t having a healthy heat relationship. That is what damaged my hair the most. Over the past few months, I’ve learned how to better care for my hair. I’m happy to say my BC left my hair within an inch of my scalp and today its past my chin in the front and at the nape of my neck in the back. Sock buns are my daily routine to stay away from heat and hide the grays. But I know that wouldn’t last long. This week I dug up my trusty Instyler and Ovations heat protectant and went to town. Like I said before I love this thing. I’ve had it since 2008. I only had to replace it last year.

    So here’s some of my acquired advice on using the Instyler. I would say the more textured hair require higher heat. Always, ALWAYS!, use heat protection. Whatever method you use, creme, spray whatever your choice make sure its dry, DRY!, before you use your Instyler. This is a NO MOISTURE tool! Trust me, you’ll do more damage. I spray my heart protectant let it soak in by air drying and then start sectioning off my hair. It is by far, the quickest process for me. I can do my whole head in 10 minutes flat. Another reason why I love this tool. Now, I think that’s because my hair is so delicate. Either way, I’m not speedy Gonzalez with the Instyler like I am with the flat iron. In fact I move it slowly through my hair. This is key, even though it’s heat, the barrel is turning, you have to find the right pace of speed for you, but I can guarantee you won’t get the results you desire moving it at lightening fast speed through your hair and you’ll literally BURN your strands holding it in place like you would a curling iron.

    To achieve that perfect curl, volume, height or whatever you desire, it’s just a matter of a flick of the wrist.

    I’m going to continue on my hair natural no heat no chemicals hair journey and hopefully I’ll continue to have the results I’ve been having. Best of luck to you on yours.

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