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Instyler Warning for Relaxed Hair
The emergence of the Instyler Rotating Curing Iron a few years ago was met with an onslaught of new customers drooling over the thought of easier hair management. I, too, was one of those who just had to have it. The commercial was easily convincing and initially appeared to be a great deal. Especially when the African-American model was showing how beautifully it straightened and smoothed her coarse long locks. That was me! Well, I mean that was my type of hair, just like hers but about three inches shorter! The scientific description of how it works was much better than the stationary curling irons, and better than a flat iron because it would eliminate needing to use a curler after the straightening. I couldn't wait to get mine in the mail!
The afternoon that I received not one but two Instylers I rushed home to try it out! Following the directions that said the hair must be clean, I washed and dried my hair and sat down in front of my mirror to see if this miracle iron would perform as it did on TV.
It took a little practice to figure out how to maneuver it on my hair, but I was Instyling away in no time. I figured high heat would be OK since I used my curling iron and/or flat iron on high heat to tame my coarse hair. My first piece was beautiful! It worked just like it did on TV. No burning or scorching! I was able to do my entire head of hair in half the time it took for a curling iron! I was absolutely sold! Absolutely thrilled!
I had taken much more pride and care in my hair as I got older. I have a medium grade of Black hair (the sistas know what I mean by that), it's between nappy and straight but more so on the nappy side. To get the look I wanted I needed to use relaxers to straighten and smooth my hair. In my early years I took advantage of my strong tresses and abused them over time by using cheap shampoo, no conditioner, cheap hair grease, relaxing too frequently, and only washing it on average once a month. All of that and I still had hair that others envied.
But then I noticed that my hair was staying the same basic length I was curious as to why. I realized that all that time (years!) of taking my strong grade of hair for granted it was finally retaliating! It was growing but breaking off at a slow rate, that's why I hadn't been alarmed because it was not that noticeable. So I needed to pay better attention to my hair and started a regime to get it healthy again. That was:
- Washing it weekly - faithfully
- Using a better brand of shampoo AND conditioner (Pantene)
- Applying dry end serum to the ends (Avon)
- Using a better hair dress for daily moisturizing (Soft and Beautiful Aloe Vera Oil Moisturizing Lotion)
- Cutting back on relaxing - (Twice a year only)
- Trimming the ends after relaxing
- Using a good curling iron or flat iron instead of stove burner hot combs
- Using silk covered sponge rollers - (I made myself until Goody came out with theirs)
My Hair Before Instyler!
My Hair After Instyler!
Products I Use
Yes, it takes a lot of time and effort to have healthy hair, especially for Black women who enjoy the straight look. After a year of this my hair had rebounded beautifully! My hair had grown 2 inches and went to a total of 16 inches the 2nd year! And it was envied and admired by many!
Now Back To The Instyler
I had been using my Instyler per the directions for about two months when I noticed something alarming. My hair was breaking off at a terrible rate! I was sticking to my usual routine that had brought my hair back a few years earlier, so what the hell was going on? Well when I figured it out I felt like such an idiot. No way should I have followed the Instyler directions to use it on clean hair. I know darn well black hair needs protection from heat but I wasn't applying the hair dress until after I used the Instyler to straighten. I was heartbroken because I loved the way the Instyler worked! So with all of that breakage I needed to have my hair cut, not trimmed, cut about 4 inches to even in out. All of that hard work to get it back a few years earlier all for naught! I cried! Really! I went to my hair stylist thinking that her expertise would give my hair a better chance of rebounding...but I was wrong about that...because she recommended getting my hair relaxed more often. And I let her do that because she was the expert, right? Wrong! My hair was not doing well...I cried some more!
After my mini-breakdown I was able to consider how I could get my hair healthy again. I didn't want to give up my Instyler, so I made some adjustments. I laid off the Instyler for 3 months, stopped getting relaxer too frequently and very importantly - ONLY doing the new growth, went back to using my curling iron, and continued the Pantene shampoo and conditioning products. My hair was doing better again. I went back to using the Instyler - now I only use it once a week after washing and use the dry end serum and a little hair dress before straightening. I also turned the heat down to the lowest setting, which still produces good results. The breakage has all but stopped and my hair is on it's way back to health.
My Hair Now!
Heed This Warning!
Be careful using the Instyler or any other heated hair appliances! If you have had a similar experience take the advice from my story to save your hair! If you have had other troubles with the Instyler I would like to hear about them. If my story helps you please let me know! Best wishes for healthy hair!