Suave And Ursula Stephen Made Me A Believer
As a 13-month-old natural, I haven’t straightened my own hair since March 2015 when I tried out Beautiful Textures’ Naturally Straight Texture Management System while transitioning. And even when I was relaxing my hair, my days of wearing it straight were few and far between, thanks to New York City humidity which made my blowouts look like twistouts by the time I got to the office. I almost forgot, I did get a blowout at the Dominican Salon this past February which lasted all of a few hours. Suffice it to say when it comes to straightening my natural hair it just never seems worth it. My hair either isn’t really, truly straight or the results last shorter than the time it took to straighten every strand, but thanks to Suave and Ursula Stephen I am a believer that a sleek, straight natural ‘do is actually doable for me.
Last Monday I was treated to a 1:1 consultation and styling session with Ursula Stephen — the woman responsible for Rihanna’s many hairstyles and a host of other celebs’ from Mary J. Blige to Aja Naomi King, Zendaya Coleman, and plenty more in case you didn’t know. Immediately, I knew I wanted her to lay out my curls, but I also knew I had a trip to Disney World the next day and I questioned whether it would be worth it to go straight when it likely wouldn’t last. But as soon as I walked in the Brooklyn salon and saw this sleek bob on my girl Jacqueline I knew I had to go for it. And it was so worth it.
I’d already used Suave conditioners before so I wasn’t concerned about the washing and conditioning part of the process. I was more so excited to try the Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair line which promises weightless moisture — something most of the products I use don’t deliver on. I will admit I had concerns about the styling products, however. Frizz has always been an issue for me, especially since I’ve been on the East Coast, and most products seem to be able to get my hair straight, but not keep it straight once I leave the salon. I also hate when my hair is weighed down and heavy — when I straighten my hair I want it to have some movement! Luckily, Suave gets that.
After my hair was washed, a stylist blow dried my strands with Suave’s Volumizing Weightless Blow Dry Spray and just a tiny bit of the Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Oil Treatment (which smells amazing by the way). The picture above to the left is how I came into the shop, the picture on the right is what my hair looked like after being blow dried and given a once-over with a flat iron. You can see how sleek and shiny it is and it felt so incredibly light!
This is the part where Ursula came in and worked her scissor magic, trimming some of my dry, split ends and cutting a few layers into my hair for more movement. Well aware of the infuriating practice known as the “hater trim,” Ursula told me not to worry as she stepped in to dust my ends and I wasn’t. She didn’t take off any more hair that needed to be cut and the difference in movement, body, and shape after Ursula made a few cuts here and there made all the difference in how my hair laid. After the trim, my ends were bumped to give me a more finished look and I was sent on my way.
I took somewhere in the ballpark of 347 pictures when I got home, as I couldn’t believe how straight my hair was or how light and non-oily it felt. I was loving my strands, so imagine my horror when I woke up the next day and it was pouring down rain. I assumed my blowout wouldn’t even make it to see Mickey at the Magic Kingdom, but, surprisingly, all was not lost. I wrapped my hair once I landed, ran a flat iron over it before the night’s festivities, ran some of the Suave Coconut Oil treatment over it, and all was well. (I did the same thing the next morning after a ride on Space Mountain threatened all of Ursula’s good work again.)
A week later my hair is still straight after all of nature’s elements and two workout classes. I’m not wearing it down because I don’t want to overdo it on the heat, but with a little edge control I still have a nice-sleek bun and my ends are flawlessly straight. I’m officially a #SuaveBeliever.