I am not a victim of heat damage, because I have not put any heat on my Natural curls (6 Months/3 Weeks Natural) since I've been Natural. I have not blow dried, straightened, or heavy brushed my hair at all, since my Big Chop. It may be hard to believe for some, but it's the truth. I haven't even thought about straightening my hair, because that's one of the reasons why I decided to go Natural. To see my curls, and to grow my hair the healthy way, and too much heat can do more harm than good. Here's more on this fact.
- There are several things that can contribute to hair damage.
- Such as heat from hot combs, blow dryers, curling irons/flat irons, hair coloring, or even over production of oil from the sebaceous glands, etc.
You can use natural conditioner & shampoo, or commercial...whatever your preference. I prefer all natural hair products.
Hair problems are usually generated by internal or external agent. Usually the damage can be cured by simply changing a few of your routines or habits. Figure out what you're doing wrong and change it in order to grow healthy hair out the scalp, and maintain length.
You have Heat Damage if...
- Your hair is not naturally curling the way it was prior to heat.
- Straight pieces lingering around (on the ends) even after your hair has been washed, conditioned and dried.
- Curls that look like they've been stretched out majorly. Distorted looking curls that weren't there before. (Ex. Use to be a 4B, Now it looks like you're a 3B...etc.)
- If the hair feels abrasive when you touch it...like rough on the pieces that you suspect have damage because the curls aren't acting right.
- Split rough ends that suddenly appeared after the hair has been straightened.
Remember: Heat damage is incurable!