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I haven’t attempted to wear a straightened hairstyle in a year, so I a gave it a whirl with the assistance of a new discovery: Argan Oil.
The good peeps at InstaNatural sent me a bottle of their 100% pure natural argan oil to test drive. Until now, I’ve only used products which contain argan oil. This is the first time I’ve landed my mits on a bottle of this precious stuff. Here’s what you need to know about how I used it to get this look.
First off, don’t play around with low-rent argan oil. The real stuff should be packaged in a dark colored glass bottle with an air tight cap. If not, you’re loosing all its beneficial properties to air exposure and sunlight. It should also have a slight smell. This one smells a bit like olives or nuts. The smell disappears a few minutes after application. Perfumey or odorless argan oil is not legit.
Here is my hair before – 4a/3c and low porosity. Looking good, but time to switch up the look for a bit. On the right, my hair after styling. Soft, smooth, and shiny.
I washed and conditioned as usual, making sure to follow up with coating my strands in argan oil before stretching and blow drying on low heat. I followed it up by smoothing small sections with an InStyler on level 3. Then I sectioned off smaller locks of hair and layered on a generous coating of more argan oil before using my wand curler to create loose curls. This really smooths the texture and locks in the oil to create a nice seal. By the way, if you like my nails in the photos, see the tutorial here.
I’m maintaining the moisture balance by tying the hair up in a satin scarf pineapple at night. I reapply the argan oil every other day to prevent moisture loss. At the end of the week, I’ll need to introduce water to my hair to rehydrate, so I’ll wear a loose twistout to handle the texture reversion.
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