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Hair Update: Roller Set – Straightening

20 Dec

Hey Glams!

I apologize for not posting this last week. I’ve been on the “sick & shut in” list, so all of my energy has been focused towards trying to get well before Christmas. *HUGS*

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Roller set-straightening is my go to hairstyle for the colder months. “Straight” is a relative term because this method doesn’t get my hair bone straight. I call em straight because these curls are a lot more relaxed than my natural curl pattern. Also, I regularly alternate shampoos, conditioners & oils, but NEVER my styling products. They are, in my opinion, the HOLY GRAIL of a roller set! I prefer this method of straightening to the blow dry-straightening method because:

  1. Blow drying tends to make my hair limp, whereas roller setting creates a lot of body.
  2. Blow drying causes prolific frizz… see for yourself
  3. Roller setting your hair uses less direct heat. You can either sit under a hooded dryer or if time permits, let it air dry.
  4. The end result (large bouncy curls) gives you TONS of style options.

Here’s what I did to my hair last week…

CLEANSE – I washed my hair using Kinky Curly Come Clean. I don’t always shampoo it twice, but Giovanni needed clarification after his 17 day hiatus. During the second wash, I detangled it in small sections using my Tangle Teezer.

ADD PROTEIN – I applied my protein cocktail (Proclaim Olive Glossing Conditioner & ApHogee 2 Step Protien Treatment) to my towel dried hair & sat under the dryer for about 20 minutes. Once the protein hardened, I let it cool off, then I rinsed it out with warm water.

CONDITION – I added 2-3 tablespoons of Wild Growth Hair Oil in with Aussie 3 Minute Miracle & let it sit on my hair for about 20 minutes, then I rinsed with cold water.


SET – I had a few errands to run that day, so I let my hair air dry to 90% before roller setting. I applied TRESemme Heat Tamer Spray, The Body Shop Macadamia Straightening Balm & African Pride Leave-In Conditioner to my hair, section by section. Then I set my hair using combination of 1 1/4″ & 1 3/4″ diameter magnetic rollers. I sat under the dryer until my hair was completely dry. I took the rollers out, put a bonnet on my head & went to sleep.


STYLE – The next morning I added organic extra virgin coconut oil to my hair & flat ironed it section by section at 350°. This method doesn’t straighten my hair completely. I use it primarily to smooth my roots & any frizzy patches. I’m left a combination of large curls & stretched out waves.

Day 1 hair…

Day 2 hair…



  • These pics were taken in the morning. My hair is ALWAYS curlier in the afternoon & evening. I attribute that to curl memory.
  • To maintain this style throughout the week, I wrapped and/or pineappled it at night. It has lasted for over a week.
  • Day 10 hair… Like I said, I’ve had a fever off & on for the past few days, so now it looks a little fuzzy. The curls in the back are intact, but my front edges look a hot mess. I decided NOT to grace you with my sickly mugshot, so you’ll just hafta take my word for it. I plan to co-wash & reset it, so I can have a fresh do for Christmas.
  • I haven’t done a product review for Wild Growth Hair Oil because I’ve had it for over a year & do not plan to re-purchase it. This 4 ounce bottle cost me $8 @ Sally’s BSS. As far as I can tell, it works no better (or worse) than extra virgin olive oil. I rarely use it because it smells terrible! I mix it with other products to mask the smell. Don’t waste your time or money. EVOO is cheaper & has a lighter (& less offensive) scent.

Have you ever tried this method of straightening?


Silk Remedy Review

25 Jul

Hairwashing Day & Silk Remedy Review

24 Jul

I swung by Sally’s last Friday, to see what I could see (Typical junkie behavior… I know!) While I was there I purchased Sally’s Generic Silk Remedy… it’s the knockoff version of CHI Silk Infusion. I have never tried CHI Silk Infusion, but I had qualms about purchasing 2 ounces of product for $13.50. Sally’s Silk Remedy cost me $9.99 for 6 ounces of product… That’s more like it!

Let’s start at the beginning…

First I washed my hair, using Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo. If you haven’t already, you should try this shampoo. It’s reasonably priced & sulfate free, but it still produces a comparable lather & has great slip! I usually wait until I condition my hair to detangle it, but this poo provided enough slip for me to do it right then! *LOVES THIS* My curls were poppin so hard… I am definitely re-incorporating this product into my regular my routine!

After detangling, I rinsed my hair off, towel dried it & applied my protein cocktail… it’s a mixture of Aphogee 2 Step Protein Treatment & Proclaim Olive Glossing Conditioner (watch this video for info on the Protein Cocktail).

 It took 20-30 minutes for the protein to harden under the hooded dryer. I rinsed out the protein & applied my deep conditioner (Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths Replenishing Mask). I sat BACK under the dryer for about 20 minutes before rinsing out the mask.

I towel dried my hair & divided it into sections. I applied a little bit of Macadamia straightening balm (by The Body Shop) & African Pride Leave-In Conditioner to each section before blowing it dry. My hair is so friggin thick that I actually broke a paddle brush in the process… LMBO! The bristled pad of the brush became detached from its base. I stood there in shock for a moment thinking “DANG GIOVANNI you’ve broken yet another styling tool!” After the shock subsided I whipped out another brush & kept it moving! You know I stay strapped 🙂 My hair was  slightly dry, so I added a bit of Africa’s Best Ultimate herbal oil before straightening…

Silk Remedy is a silicone-heavy serum that coats your hair in preparation for heat-styling. I poured Silk Remedy onto my (clean) bathroom counter & just dipped my fingers into the puddle, picking up just enough product to coat one section at a time. And I skipped the flat-iron & just used my 1″ diameter, barrel curling iron to straighten/curl my hair all at once (see this video for details about my curling technique). This was the finished product…


Tutorial: Hot curling

13 Jun

After having worn a fresh roller set for a day or two, I usually hot curl my hair. Why? Because the heat from the curling iron helps to press my roots & straighten my hair, without losing my existing curl. To maintain the style overnight, I alternate between wrapping & (dry) rolling my hair.

Tips for heat styling your hair:

  1. Deep condition your hair as often as possible so that it is properly moisturized
  2. Do protein treatments (as needed) to strengthen your hair
  3. Seal your ends with oils/butters to lock in moisture
  4. Use a thermal protection spray or serum before applying heat
  5. Ditch alcohol-based spritzes that will dry out your hair!!! Instead, use a setting lotion or wrapping foam on your hair ( while it’s wet)… it will have a similar effect without the excessive dehydration
  6. Use the lowest heat setting necessary to achieve your style. If you hear the curling/flat-iron sizzle & pop when you pass it thru your hair… IT IS TOO HOT! That sound you hear is the water literally boiling out of your hair shaft… NO BUENO!
  7. Limit the use of heat styling tools by using heat-free maintenance to preserve your style. If you wrap or roll your hair at night, you won’t have to re-do it everyday.
  8. Do not curl/flat-iron dirty hair.
  9. Clean your curling/flat-iron after each use… If you have burnt product residue on the surface of your iron, you’re reducing its efficiency & getting old nasty products (or dander) on your clean hair… EWW!

If you have any additional curling/flat-ironing tips, please share them by commenting on this post…