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LOL it's all about curly hair.....
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Still stretching....blow drying my hair on wash day.
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On a whim, I threaded with yarn after moisturizing with my Shea butter mix.
Hope to keep them in until the weekend
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Last night I roller set my bangs on  jumbo magnetic rollers to test a product my friend Carrie sent me. I used Bed Head Tigi Straighten Out.   I decided to try it now because I have a lot of new growth of frizzy, curly hair at my roots  from my BKT growing out, but I am not quite ready to do a retouch yet. I am normally keeping my hair up in either a french braid with paranda or a bun of some sort, but I leave out face framing tendrils around the hairline. Those are now frizzing up very quickly now that my BKT has grown out significantly at the roots. So in an effort to avoid the frizzy halo that comes within minutes of doing my hair, I pulled out this product.

Now this product is supposed to be blow dried and ironed into the hair but my hair gets straight from a wet set. It claims to keep the hair straight blocking out 98% humidity.  

The product feels very mucilaginous just like flaxseed gel and has a very fresh, clean, delightful fragrance. It also felt like gel on my hair when it dried. My hair had a lot of crunch like with any gel. I am generally not a fan of that at all because my hair is so fine that I can literally tear strands apart trying to separate the hair that has crunch from gel. So to give this product the best chance, what I did instead of combing my bangs out and tearing all my length off was to ball the hair up in my hands for a long time. I tried to scrunch off the crunch as I had heard of other curlies doing to get the gel cast off of hair. I had to rub the hair for quite a while between my hands before I could even finger comb without my fine hairs ripping. I actually ended up scrubbing my hair in my hand like I was hand washing some clothes in order to get the crunch off. But ultimately I did scrub off the crunch. 

My bangs did indeed straighten from the roller set, but that is nothing unique. The real test will be to see how long this smoothness lasts throughout the day or week. I can not evaluate it yet. Also, if it does work, I am also curious to know how it will differ from just using regular flaxseed gel which has a similar consistency.  
Thanks so much again to my friend Carrie for sending me this product. That was so sweet of you 
Will update.


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Hope it works!!!!!
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Had you tried this Carrie?
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yes, I loved it. I tried it before my BKT though. The humidity part worked for me when I did a photo shoot down in New Orleans. My hair stayed straight.

Since the BKT, the only one I used is the blow dry cream. LOVE THAT
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What is helping this product to be acceptable for me is putting grape seed oil on the hair and then putting the snap on cap jumbo magnetic rollers back over night.
The hair did shrink a little during the day but not as much as it would have. Also it was pretty uncombable due to the gel factor, but adding a layer of oil helped with that a lot. Also putting the roller back on made it all the better. I think today will be really better now that I've got the humidity blocker on with OIL to make my hair combable and not feel so glued together . Also again, resmoothing it each night on the roller helps. Granted I did NOT use heat. No flat iron. So I think this worked fairly well considering.


Re-wrapping or re rolling nightly along with addition of oils are imperative to use a product like this on natural hair.
Next up, I will try to get the same results with homemade flaxseed gel and oil alone and see if it works the same.

UPDATE: 
NO DICE! This may work for other people maybe with coarser hair but it is a definite no go for me. I just came in from outside in the yard and looked in the mirror. My hair reverted and is completely curled up. So it failed. Furthermore, the oil did not soften the gel enough so if I try to finger detangle the hair to put the rollers back on, I feel hairs tearing from the glue of the gel! The gel makes my hair uncombable without tearing because the glue is stronger than my strands. 
  • So 1) this does not block humidity for me . My hair completely curled up on its own just due to the morning dew in the air!And 
  • 2) the gel aspect would literally destroy my fine hair by causing it to tear off my head everytime I try to pass a comb through the glue of the gel. Oil did NOT soften the gel sufficiently for it to be soft. It was soft when I scrubbed it yesterday but as soon as it got moist again from the dew in the morning air, the gel reconstituted and re GLUED. In a few minutes when the glue air dried in my hair again it was a cemented mess....not combable without resulting in severe tearing off of good strands of hair on my head.

So all types of gels are hazardous on baby fine hair if you are going to try to comb it.  I will re order Liquid Keratin 60 day smooth and re do my BKT. The longer I hold off the more I am destroying my hair  by tearing it out.

I am cowashing this glue out of my hair now so I can pass a comb through it without ripping my hair off my head.  Conditioner and oil only for me for length retention. No gels, hairsprays, mouses or anything similar if I want hair on my head. Teri LaFlesh definitely knows what she's talking about.


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I'm sorry this didn't work for you. I've only ever used it the way they suggest with the blow drying and flat ironing. I'm not a roller set girl.
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