Although natural kinks and curls are gorgeous, some naturalistas like to take advantage of the cooler months by flat ironing or pressing their hair. There’s nothing better than stepping out of the house with freshly flat ironed hair whipping in the wind, making you feel glamorous.
For many of us however, after an hour or two of being outside, you may be left disappointed with frizzy, reverting hair. The cool air during the winter may help with keeping your hair straight, as compared to humid summer months but other elements such as the wind and rain will certainly wreak havoc on your hair if you give them a chance.
Recently, there have been natural hair straightening systems have become popular amongst the natural hair community. However, women are discovering that those systems aren’t always natural or organic. The systems also don’t protect their hair from being heat damaged, leaving them with stringy ends and straight pieces at times. Don’t fret, there’s hope!
There are a few homemade recipes and products that you can buy to keep your hair straight when you want it. I can honestly say that I’ve tried each one of these methods and they’ve worked for me. Some worked better than others in regards to keeping my hair straight after flat ironing, however, they all gave my hair extra moisture and protection after using them.
Even if you don’t plan to flat iron your hair, these natural hair softeners work great at adding that extra moisture to your kinks and coils. Check them out…
The Caramel Treatment
Made with real bananas and honey, the Etae Caramel Treatment conditions and softens your hair. It can also restore damaged hair due to its high concentration of vitamins.
For just $19.99 a bottle, you can use this product 8 times depending on the length and thickness of your hair. If you’re transitioning, Etae Caramel treatment is perfect because it softens new-growth and makes it more manageable.
Best of all you can also make your own copycat version at home with a few simple ingredients. Recipe here.
If you use it before flat ironing your hair, the product will help keep your hair straight until your next wash. When I used it, my hair became more relaxed after blow drying.
In order to see the best results, you have to use this product several times consecutively. Etae also has shampoo and conditioner that you can use in conjunction with the caramel treatment. You can also use this treatment as a regular deep conditioner. Be prepared to smell like honey!