|My teeny afro after my Mini Big Chop|
I blame Youtube. We've all seen the videos where people are cranking their flat irons up past 400 degrees. Well, I thought maybe I could too. I mean why not? My hair was getting longer and healthier. I was doing protein treatments and using multiple heat protectants. I even thought I could just wear my hair straight whenever I felt like it. I found out the hard way that those things would certainly not work for my hair.
Finally, I decided to do a mini big chop to get rid of the damaged hair. This left me with a very teeny afro. That was in February of 2016. My hair feels completely different almost a year later. It's even back to my old length from before the heat damage.
Of course, I'm stubborn, so I still like to use heat on my hair. As far as avoiding heat damage, here is what I have learned, again.
|My hair now|
(curls are back after straightening)
- Always clarify hair prior to straightening (A must!)
- Always use a heat protectant (Duh!)
- MY hair cannot withstand heat over 400 degrees (anything higher = heat damage)
- Touch-ups are the Devil! Pincurls, wraps and rollers only for styling after straightening.
- Use heat less frequently (no more than 1x per month; less is even better)
I would like to think that this time I have finally learned my lesson. What's good for some may not work for others. I know that I sound like a broken record but it's true.
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