Growth Update!
Monday, February 08, 2010 | 6 comments

It's been two months since the last update! Sorry for the hiatus, lovelies. We'll be updating more frequently now. Anyway, I am one month away from my first year ful...

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Michelle Obama has to be the only celebrity to be featured on TCHD more than twice -- and with good reason! Just look at her hair. It's stunning, soft, shiny, and has more movement than most women who have relaxers! Since the Inauguration is right around the corner, we here at TCHD will give you the scoop on achieving Michelle's signature look!

Johnny Wright, Mrs. Obama's stylist, won't really share his technique to the masses, but he was happy enough to share the products he has used on her hair.

" keep her hair moisturized, I use the Shea Butter conditioner from Fekkai and Glossing Cream. It really keeps the hair moisturized. And Fekkai Coiff Anti-Frizz creme is excellent for that. It's probably one of my favorite products."

Even though he won't let us in on how exactly he uses the products, we'll teach how to achieve Mrs. O's gorgeous look. As we all know, Michelle is natural. To get natural hair to look identical to a relaxer, here's what you'll need:

  • A brush designed for blow drying (i.e a paddle brush, round brush, or even a Denman brush)
  • A wide tooth detangling comb
  • Hair clips to section off hair
  • Blow dryer w/ nozzle (an Ionic one please!)
  • Ceramic flat iron (Tourmaline, Ionic, or both)
Step One: Shampoo
Apply a reasonable amount of shampoo (preferably a moisturizing one) to wet hair and work into a lather for one minute. Rinse hair thoroughly with lukewarm water and repeat.

Step Two: Condition
After shampooing, towel-blot the hair. Apply a generous amount of conditioner to the hair, comb through with a wide tooth comb, and place a plastic cap on the hair. Sit under the dryer for 10-15 minutes. Rinse hair thoroughly with lukewarm water for one to two minutes then turn the water temperature to cool and rinse. This will help seal the cuticles.

Step Three: Protect
When the conditioner is completely rinsed out, apply a small amount (a little more for coarse-haired girls like yours truly) of heat protectant evenly throughout the hair.

Step Four: Straighten
Section the hair in fours. Starting from the back, blow dry the hair on low with a paddle/round brush. Working in small 1" by 1.5" sections, flat iron the hair on medium (about 250-300 degrees).

I truly hope this helps anyone who is Natural, transitioning, or stretching. I use this technique every time I want to straighten now and I love it.


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