Yup…I have heat damage.
In March of 2015, I finally reached 4 years natural. Ever since I began my natural journey, I decided that when I reached 4 years natural, I would flat iron my hair. Do you see where this is going…lol ok. I flat ironed my natural hair for the first time in May of 2015. Everything was amazing! My hair was about 3 inches below bra strap length straightened and it was refreshing to do other styles other than twist outs. I was living it up, living the good life. So, I decided to flat iron my hair again…and again…and again. In total, I flat ironed my hair 4 times within a 6 month period.
(First time I ever flat ironed my hair. I used perm rods to add curls.)
I started to notice that something was wrong after the third time I flat ironed my hair, which was in October of 2015. When I washed my hair, it was limp, and lifeless. That “bounce” that my 4C kinks always amazed me with were gone. Of course, I realized that I may have went overboard with the heat so I decided to leave it alone. That didn’t last very long at all. By December of 2015, I was fed up with my hair looking like a limp rag doll every time I tried to do my faithful twist out, so guess what I did…I flat ironed it AGAIN! All this time, I thought my hair was just not used to having that amount of heat applied to it, little did I know that I now had the dreaded HEAT DAMAGE. My hair started shedding, and breaking like crazy. I had to cut inches off man lol. HERH! the tears I have cried ooooo.
(Third time I flat ironed my hair in October for a wedding. I have extensions added in.)
But…getting heat damage was the best thing that could have happened to me. It forced me to listen to my hair again, to take care of it the way I did when I first went natural. I struggled with it in the beginning, but towards the end of 2016 I figured it out. I went aaaallllll the way back to basics. I was able to revive about 98% of my strands back to life by returning to my old regimen and products that grew my hair long and healthy in the first place (there is a video of this routine on our YouTube page).
Even though I did get heat damage from IMPROPERLY flat ironing my hair, I am not against the usage of heat. I just had no idea what I was doing, and to be honest I reached a point in my natural journey where I no longer cared. But through this experience, I have learned so much about what my hair needs and how to properly take care of it.
I will share everything with you all in up coming posts and YouTube videos about how I overcame my heat damage, to my new updated routine/regimen.
Love you all,