I’m mortified to expose my makeup-less face to my girls…but my excitement over these seven inches of au naturale curls outweighs it!! I have never, ever seen this much new growth come out of my head in my life. I’d see an inch of roots and panic, run-walking to my Dominican salon for a scalp-singeing relaxer and fast. It’s funny how the connotations of your real texture change when you’re transitioning. What used to send me into a “must touch-up immediately” spiral now gets me all excited. I know it’s not a lot of new growth, but I can kind of get a picture of what my texture will look like when it’s all grown out! It gives me hope, ’cause this process is kicking my ass.
So that was Share #1. Share #2 is the magic product I slap on these roots before I blowdry it straight. Living Proof Straight Making No Frizz Styling Treatment for Thick to Coarse Hair ($26). Have you ever tried Living Proof’s products? They’re special because a group of award-winning MIT scientists actually formulated the anti-frizz technology — they weren’t even connected to the beauty industry, they approached straightening curly to kinky, frizzy follicles on a purely scientific level. And honestly, it’s the best line of its kind. Anyway, I massage it into damp roots (just a tad, it does build up quite fast), and then smooth it out with a blowdryer with a brush attachment. The brush breezes right through, leaving my hair silky, straight-from-the-root, and super-shiny. The best part? Living Proof leaves a lightweight frizz-fighting barrier on your strands, protecting it from any humidity in the hair. So the blowout truly lasts a week! It also works on dry hair, before you flatiron. Genius.