Then & Now..

January 4, 2014


Hi curlies!

I’m a firm believer in creating a regimen, following it, and practicing healthy hair care habits.  Being consistent with washday, conditioning, and trimming will yield results– believe me!


I had the privilege of sitting in the #styleseat with #styledbyreece on 12/29 for my NYE prep.  Since I last straightened my hair in May, and it was 1 year post the mini/big chop of December 2013, I wanted to bring in the new year with straight hair.  I wear my hair curly most of the time so it was good to change it up a bit.


As always, Reecie did her thing and I was extremely happy with the results.  She is very careful and thorough, which is greatly appreciated because healthy hair is good hair.  Reecie is also a curly girl so she understands the importance of being gentle; she doesn’t tug or pull your hair and she works fairly quickly.  All in all, it took about 1.5-2 hours to complete the process– cold water rinse, product application/detangling, and trim included.



I’m honestly happy with the length retention since I last straightened my hair.  However, I’m super proud of the progress made since I mini/big chopped in December 2013.  Considering that the sides and back were tapered, I think the growth and length in those areas was key and put me in a comfortable place.  I do admit that I need to get better with protecting and dusting my ends in between trimmings– I actually got scolded because my ends were terrible.   In the meantime, I’ve been maintaining my hair by wrapping it every night and tying a scarf over it.  I’m extra careful about the amount of time I spend in the bathroom since it is one of the hottest rooms in the house.  We all know how straightened, natural hair reacts to moisture.. *covers eyes.


Since NYE, I’ve used my flat iron twice to adjust my bang (the day of and New Year’s Day) since that is where I want the most volume.  I’ve used it on a low setting to avoid any kind of damage when it’s time to revert.  For now, I’m going to have fun with this since I don’t straighten my hair too often.  However, I do predict curls within the next week, but we’ll see! 

First selfie post straightening (I was really feeling it):



Please be sure to follow Reecie on Instagram @StyledByReece

Until next time,









Have you recently straightened your hair or plan on doing so in the future?  Share your concerns/experience below!

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