It took a little over a year for her to convince me to do it. Although I am a researcher by nature (I think), I still wasn't automatically sure this was the best thing for me. So many questions, so much information on the web. I should have listened to my gut.
EVERYONE I spoke with who had done this ranted and raved over her professionalism and skill. Still, it took over a year for me to buy in. But, inevitably, I did.
As I sat in the salon chair, I was truly on the fence about whether or not I really wanted this. I had tried letting another stylist flatiron my hair, and a week later I was gagging from the burnt smell. Yeah, damage. And what do you do with hair damaged from heat appliances? You cut. I wasn't happy.
Then she came along. She was trusted by so many and knew that I wanted to start wearing my hair in a straightened style (with the option to go back to my luscious curls whenever I wanted), so she planted the seed. And she watered it regularly...for over a year.
I hit her with a barrage of questions before she even took the ponytail holder off my hair, and she calmly answered. Not always matter-of-factly, which should have been my cue to exit stage left. But she answered.
Cool. Let's proceed.
The one thing I paid strict attention to was the "number of passes with the flat iron". She said this was the #1 factor in determining how straight the hair would be, and whether or not the curl pattern would return.
After the official treatment phase, my hair was completely bone straight. Ummm.... It's already a very fine texture (3C) and not very thick, so it looked....well, thin. A few curls later (with more flat ironing & styling tools) it was starting to look cute. The henna color was popping and I smiled when I left.
That still, small voice whispered to me "you know what to do." Yes. Yes, I do.
What a journey! Like I said in the beginning, I should have listened to my gut.