I made myself wait over 6 months since the last time I used direct heat on my hair and I was happily surprised to see the growth I achieved!
I pressed my hair by roller setting it first using Nubian Heritage Honey & Blackseed Heat Protect Keratin Wrap Hair Mousse.
Then as I took each roller out I pressed it using my Remington Wet 2 Straight 2" Wide Plate Wet/Dry Ceramic Hair Straightening Iron with Tourmaline and then did a painful search and destroy session to get rid of single strand knots. Section by section. So like... 35 times for each curler. It took for-ev-er. 5 hours from wash to wrap.
But my results are solid straight, and today is day 9 and I'm certain I can make it a full 2 weeks this time.
The key once again, I believe, is this beeswax pomade I made a while back. I need to make another batch!
I took about 1.5 tablespoons of organic beeswax pellets and melted them in refined castor oil with some rosemary essential oil. It made a thick pomade, similar to Dax but without the petroleum. I used a dab of that on each section as I pressed and then every day or two I use about .5 teaspoon throughout my hair, but mostly focusing on the ends. It really keeps it smooth and shiny and its surprisingly not-that-greasy. I also brought some Advocado oil and I use that at night when I wrap my hair.
So on to the pictures.
Not much of the curl was left after the press and trim so I put some flexi rods in over night and I got this:
And this is day 7 hair after sleeping in rollers again on day 5...
It's BSL in the longest parts, definitely growing! I'll probably press it again for my birthday in February.