My hair was straightened for the first time since 2002! A few months ago, Reniece contacted me and kindly offered me a service of my choice. As I understand it, she wanted more opportunities to work with long natural hair. I debated between an elaborate cornrow hair style and straightening, neither of which I can do myself, but decided to go with the straightening. I'm so tenderheaded, in order to cornrow my head and have it not hurt, I think you'd have to semi-straighten it anyway. Last time I got my hair cornrowed (only because my arm was broken), I almost cried in the chair. The time before that in 2000, I got my afro blown out and I did cry. Anyway, I accepted her generous offer and warned her that my hair was very tightly coiled and I was very tender-headed. The main reason I went natural was because I hated salons and never wanted to go back. But she wasn't scared off, and I knew people raved about her, so I decided to give it a try. Oh my goodness, y'all, she is so skilled. She listens to you. She asks you questions. She takes notes. And she didn't hurt me! She didn't hurt me! I visited her salon several times. The first time was rough, just doing the detangling. It took hours! Slowly we worked on getting my hair detangled and getting it used to heat. After the first time she washed and blow dried it, it looked puffier than when I did it. Especially since she put in a heavy moisturizer. My hair just ballooned on up with all the humectants. But slowly we worked through it. After a while, we saved time by me detangling and washing and doing a light blow dry myself before I went. So she would only maybe blow dry it a little more and straighten the roots and/or ends. Finally, this past Sunday, she straightened for real and did a trim of a little over 1". Length check: Thank you, Reniece! And check out the comparison between my MBL shrunken and my MBL straightened hair! If I'm lucky, I'll get a little video clip from her, too.