In the beginning of me deciding to wear my natural hair instead of weave and going on my hair journey, my hair was extremely damaged. The heat from my flat irons, blow-dryers, and pressing combs left my hair lifeless, thin, and full of split ends. Instead of cutting my hair off and starting over, I developed a sound routine and began nursing my hair back to health.
Heat damage also affect your curl pattern as well, leaving your hair straight in some portions mimicking relaxed hair. Here are are a few tips and tricks to help you prevent and recover from heat damage:
WHAT EXACTLY IS HEAT DAMAGE???
Heat damage is when the cuticle which is the outer most layer of the hair strand that works as a shell to protect the inner fibers has been damaged. Damaged cuticles tend to split and hair breaks because that protective layer is not in tact. And unfortunately, once its damaged, it cannot be repaired. I also wondered why heat damaged hair lost its curl and drastically differed from the rest of the hair. It’s because when the hair has been damaged by heat, it breaks down the hair structure and reduces the hair’s elasticity. So the ability for the hair to curl back after that straightening session decreases if heat damage is present.
You have to TRAIN your hair to curl again, and in doing that your hair will need TONS of moisture and some manipulation…or you can just cut those straight ends off if you’re impatient. This is definitely a process.
Go for homemade shampoos and conditioners, or even shampoo and conditioners that are sulfate free and specifically made for natural hair that contains various combinations of essential oil, shea and cocoa butter, yogurt, honey, milk, lemon juice, mayonnaise, peanut butter, egg, vitamin E, and banana; there are a plethora of items to choose from. These can be used to restore the lost moisture in your hair that the heat has caused. Im not even going to sit here and lie and say all of my products are sulfate free because some of my best ones are not, BUT they are products made for Natural hair and the majority of the “bad” ingredients that are in it is just to provide shelf life.
Hot Oil Treatments will give you miraculous results. Rub some olive oil or coconut oil between your palms and massage it on your scalp and hair thoroughly. Leave it in over night and wash it out in the morning with a chemical free shampoo. Also it helps to drink PLENTY of water to restore moisture in your hair as well.
DRY YOUR HAIR NATURALLY!!!!
Try to avoid your a hair dryer. This damages your hair to a large extent. If you cannot live without usin a hair dryer then try to use an Iconic Dryer. The Iconic Dryer dries your hair naturally as it does not interfere with the thin layer of moisture around the strands. This layer of moisture gives protection from external factors and keeps the hair healthy and vibrant looking.
AVOID HEAT STYLING!!!!
Once you are successful in damaging your hair with the amounts of heat you are adding to it their is no need to continue their use. Start trying NATURAL methods of curling to manipulate those straight pieces. Try braiding your hair, doing pin curls, bantu knots, flat twists, there are PLENTY of curling methods you can use (find out different methods and what products are good to use when using these curling methods on youtube) but like I said you have to train your hair to get back how it was not just add moisture and think its going to do it by itself. Help your hair out a bit…Its all about the manipulation && in due time you will see the change.
Hope this help! Oh yes and a healthy diet as well as vitamins will help your hair as well!
Keep in mind: When transitioning, or being newly natural you have to figure out what products work best for YOU!