I haven't straightened my hair since January but couple with the utter boredom I've been feeling towards my hair lately and Paul Mitchell Mirrorsmooth line I received last week, the stars aligned and told me it was time to pick up a flat iron.
 Shampooed with Paul Mitchell Mirrorsmooth Shampoo. This shampoo creates tons of suds (I'm a sucker for suds), does not strip my hair, and left my hair feeling smooth.
 Applied Paul Mitchell Mirrorsmooth Conditioner for about 5 minutes. After rinsing out the conditioner, I may or may not have done a happy dance. This conditioner reminds me of my old boo PM Super Skinny Daily Treatment but it makes my hair feel much smoother than PM SSDT.
After using an cotton t-shirt to soak up all excess water from my hair, I put my hair in twists to stretch it out and let it dry for about two hours.
 Next I applied my leave-ins: It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In and Paul Mitchell Mirrorsmooth High Gloss Primer, then blow dried my hair using the tension method + cold hair. For more on the tension method, check out this post: The Tension Method When Blow Drying: How To & Benefits
Once I'd finished drying my hair, I flat ironed it using Paul Mitchell Express Ion Smooth+ flat iron by working in small sections and only doing one pass. When I got to my ends, I used a comb for the comb-chase method.
This was my first time straightening my fully naturally hair so I was a little worried about what temp to use. Per the booklet that came with the iron, the recommendation for "fine hair" maxes at 360 degrees; I played it safe and went 10 above.
As you can tell from the photos below, the results were sleek but not pin-straight, which I loved. I definitely like the Paul Mitchell Mirrorsmooth line. At each step it made detangling a breeze and I could feel the difference (smoothness) in my hair. I'll use it 2 or 3 more times (along with the the flat iron) before doing a full product review. Both the It's A 10 Miracle Leave-In and the Paul Mitchell Mirrorsmooth High Gloss Primer provide thermal protection so I didn't need an additional heat protectant.
And finally, length check. Shrinkage is a liar. I didn't know I had grown this much hair in 2 years. On this shirt, waist length hits me about an inch after the 20 line so I'm roughly half way back to my pre-transition 2013 length. I also trimmed half an inch to remove annoying single-strand knots.
|My length check shirt is from the JGA store|
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