Thursday, July 16, 2009

VENT: Heat damage!!!

Ok, I am really ticked off right now. As you may know, last Thursday I went to the salon. My hair was trimmed, heat straightened and styled. Today, I decided it was time to clean my hair. I cowashed and noticed afterward that parts of my hair were straight and "stringy" looking. I wanted so badly not to say anything negative about my experience with my salon visit but the aftermath is killing me now. I was finally at the point that Naturally Leslie refers to as commitment in my hair relationship and now I feel that it has been ruined! Does anyone have any suggestions or advise for me?

Thanks for reading. Be blessed!



ChocolateOrchid said...

Hi CallaLily!
Sorry to hear about your heat damage. I would try alot of deep conditioning and oil treatments (including overnight ones). I've read (on hair threads) about people doing these things after heat damage and they said that it helped their hair.

Hope this helps.

CallaLily said...

Ok, thank you. I will try that advice. I am concerned if I should put my henna treatments on hold or just add amla powder (which I heard prevents the curl pattern from loosening). Also, I still have Aphogee 2 min Reconstructor. Would it be beneficial to try doing that? Please let me know your thoughts about it.

nappyme said...

Hi CallaLily,
What a beautiful screen name. I read your post about heat damage to your hair. You're most likely not going to get the texture back in those spots. Been there and trying to work around it was no fun. I eventually cut it out and have been weary of using heat on my hair ever since. In fact, I've only used heat on my hair once in three years and that was last summer just to get a precision cut. But now that I have a beautician that can cut highly textured, snap nappy hair in it's natural state, I really have no reason to ever put heat in my hair again.

Good luck and I hope everything turns out ok.


Anonymous said...

Either you want to be natural or straight. NO heat if you want to be natural.

CallaLily said...

@ Anonymous:
I do love wearing my hair natural. Part of the beauty is also having versatility to wear it curly or straight (should I choose to). Opting for a straight style on occasion “shouldn’t” cause permanent damage to the hair. Maybe my particular head of hair can not take it or maybe the stylist did not take the necessary precautions. . . who knows. I’ve learned a valuable lesson from this. If I ever choose to use heat on my hair again, it will be by my own hand and no one else will be to blame if any damage is incurred.

Monique said...

I too have suffered from heat damage on NUMEROUS occasions *never from the sole use of a ceramic*. I did not find anything to work to repair the damage - the damage implemented by heat damage hurts hair at the core, thus I found it to be irreversible.

If you plan to straighten in the future ask the following questions: What products is the stylist putting in your hair? What tool is the stylist using to straighten you hair? Hot comb? Ceramic? Iron in stove? I've found ceramics to be best to control heat damage as they are set at a certain temp. How many times did the stylist go over your hair with the heat? I know stylists who can straighten and curl the thickest hair with a once-through sweep of the ceramic.

Hopefully this helps, as I too love the versatility of straight/kinky hair when natural. However I haven't straightened in 1 year b/c of my poor experiences in getting my hair straightened.

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