Blogmas Day 19!
Have you ever fallen prey to an idea from Pinterest? Pinterest is full of out-of-the-box thinking that often strikes me as genius. Around hair and beauty boards on Pinterest I’ve run into something that seemed like a great idea: flat-ironing a braid to create easy waves. Logistically I thought, YES! How have I never thought of this before?! It seemed like a legitimate way to great waves in a short amount of time. And I set off to test this method to get down to the truth. Is this a Pinterest myth or a Pinterst miracle?
The first time I tried this, I divided my hair into two braids and my efforts were a total waste. The braids were too full and thick to allow the flat-iron to evenly heat them all the way through. Because of this, I was left with a very small amount of curl (if any). This time, however, I divided my hair into several tiny braids. Smaller braids are obviously less dense and the flat-iron wouldn’t have to work as hard to evenly heat the hair into a wave.
Heat protector of your choosing (I like this one)
A flat-iron set to 400 degrees
Small elastic hair ties
My hair and hands 🙂
Woah there! Who loves reggae? 😉
As you can see I divided my hair into several small braids hoping my theory was correct. Would smaller braids allow a flat iron to heat evenly, and thus curl? It was a kind of silly process, but admittedly a lot of fun. After all, it’s not everyday I look this awesome. This was definitely a special occasion!
While braiding my hair, I allowed my iron to reach full temperature.
Once all the braids were complete I took to my flat iron. I was carefully to not rush, spending time on each braid to assure heat was transferred completely through the braid. Basically, I used my flat iron like crazy! It’s never worked so hard in its poor little life. After all the braids were flat ironed, I kept them in place for 15 minutes for the hair to naturally cool and the curls to set in.
The Big Results: