This post is sponsored by Fantasia Hair Care and includes PR samples but the views are my own.
This post and accompanying video provides an overview of how to flat iron transitioning hair. I also use the same techniques for flat ironing relaxed hair.
Flat Iron Transitioning Hair | Relaxed Hair Technique
The comb chase method does not work for me. Therefore, I work in small sections with making sure the hair is properly detangled before I run the flat iron over the section. Depending on how much new growth is present, I will run the comb back through that section of hair to ensure the line of demarcation does not have any snags or tangles. When I flat iron freshly relaxed hair, this step is not required. It only becomes an issue when there is a lot of new growth present. When I flat iron transitioning hair, the step is always required.
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Washing and Conditioning Products
- Fantasia Hair Polisher Heat Protector Shampoo
- Fantasia Hair Polisher Heat Protector Conditioner
- Silk Elements Kera Minerals
- Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
Fantasia Hair Care Products
The Fantasia Hair Care Shampoo and Conditioner preps and protects the hair from heat with a proprietary blend of ingredients, extracts of hydrolyzed wheat protein, avocado oil, aloe vera and soy proteins. Together, these ingredients are suppose to infuse moisture into the hair.
Fantasia Hair Polish Heat Protector Shampoo
The Fantasia Hair Polish Heat Protector Shampoo cleansed my hair without making it feel dry. I was able to run the comb through my hair from root to tip while rinsing out the shampoo. It offered a good lather and left my hair soft and manageable.
Fantasia Hair Polish Heat Protector Conditioner
The Fantasia Hair Polish Heat Protector Conditioner is more of a rinse out conditioner with the instructions saying to leave it on for 1 to 2 minutes. My hair did not feel soft immediately after applying the conditioner but softness and slip was present upon rinsing.
Fantasia Hair Care Assessment
Heat Usage Wash Day
I normally do a protein treatment before using heat but did not this time around. The shampoo and conditioner included enough protein to give my hair the strength it needed when using heat. The shampoo has soy protein and wheat protein. The conditioner has wheat protein. Not having to do an actual protein treatment definitely saved on time.
Although the shampoo and conditioner left my hair feeling soft, the rinse out conditioner does not offer enough moisture to combat the drying effects of heat usage. Therefore, a deep conditioner is needed.
Heat Free Wash Day
My hair did ok when not following up with deep conditioner but it wasn’t well hydrated.
I get why companies have proprietary blends but I like knowing what I’m putting in my hair and on my scalp. My hair generally does not do well with hydrolyzed wheat protein and aloe vera but it did fine when following up with a deep conditioner.
While I don’t believe it infused moisture in my hair since deep conditioning was required, I feel it provided my hair with something that it is normally missing. Many times after flat ironing, I tend to see tiny little pieces of breakage. I did not experience that with incorporating the Fantasia Hair Care products.
Perhaps the proprietary blend offers some heat protection benefits. However, I will never use heat without using an actual heat protectant. Therefore, I cannot properly rate its effectiveness in this category. But then again, as previously mentioned, I did not experience any tiny pieces of breakage that I normally experience.
Silk Elements Kera Minerals
Silk Elements Kera Minerals is very moisturizing and works great on multiple textures of hair. It continues to be my go-to conditioner.
SEE ALSO: Silk Elements Kera Minerals Review
Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Leave In Conditioner
The Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Leave In Conditioner is very thick and moisturizing. It absorbedquickly and did not leave behind residue. This product is perfect for coarse hair but is far too thick for fine hair.
Products Used to Flat Iron Transitioning Hair | Relaxed Hair
- TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray
- Babyliss Pro Titanium Nano
- Kreyol Essence Haitian Black Castor Oil
TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray
Although not shown in the video, I sprayed each section with the TRESemme Heat Tamer Spray before flat ironing.
Babyliss Pro Titanium Nano Flat Iron
I’ve owned my Babyliss Pro Titanium Nano for about 10 years or more. I purchased this particular flat iron because my hairstylist was using at the time.
I flat iron on 300 degrees, which is the lowest possible setting. And yes, my flat iron sometimes give off smoke but it is not too hot nor damaging my hair.
When I flat iron transitioning hair and relaxed hair bone straight, I use a heat temperature of about 400. Using a heat temperature of 300 does not get my hair super straight. I’m left with some texture and thickness at the roots.
Haitian Black Castor Oil
Haitian Black Castor Oil is perfect for sealing in moisture and stimulating the scalp. I used about a pea sized amount on my hair and scalp after I was done flat ironing.
Flat Iron Transitioning Hair and Relaxed Hair [Video]
How do you prep your hair for using heat?