When you flat iron* your hair, you will have a few things happening once you are ready to wash it all and revert to curly.
For one, you will have a ton of buildup from day one because of all the heat protectant* you probably used, and any sort of oil or maintenance products you used throughout your 2-3 week stint.
A natural’s first priority when reverting is getting her curls back in tact with minimal to no damage. You will notice that your curls might look a bit limp once you wet it and you will be a bit nervous. Instead of using just water to get your curls back you should give your hair a dose a strength while preparing your curls for a thorough cleanse.
We have three suggestions:
1. Wet pre poo with protein
You can use a water based protein treatment or you can make one on your own protein treatment with eggs or yogurt.
The important thing is to really section your hair to ensure that every area of your head is covered well. Steam your hair with the product in it.
2. Steam your hair
Many of us have hand steamers but when you want to revert your hair it might be easier to just do it all at once under a full steamer*.
The one thing your hair will crave the most is water so you can use a basic water based conditioner under the steamer* just to keep things super simple.
3. Cleanse your hair then deep condition
If you want to know when is the best time to use regular cleansing shampoo, well after your flat iron* is one of them. This is why I prefer to pre poo because as I mentioned before your hair will have a ton of build up and in addition to that it will have your pre treatment.
Cleansing your scalp and hair is super important because your hair will be weighed down with all that product which is one reason your curls will look a bit stretched out any way. Go for a high quality shampoo so that your hair does not feel too deprived once you are done.
Shampoo is the one thing I will spend a lot of money on just to make sure I have the best. Once you are done with your cleanse, you must deep condition with protein, there is no way around it. Check out Mini Marley as she demonstrates her method of going from straight to curly.