Heat Damage is one of the worst things that can happen to your hair. It causes unwanted breakage, and dead curls that don’t match your natural curl pattern. If you are suffering from heat damage then I would love to inform you that there’s a way to bring your natural hair back to life. Trust me I have been through this, so if you are interested in how I recovered my heat-damaged hair then read on.
THIS POST IS ABOUT TREATING DAMAGED NATURAL HAIR.
Back in 2019 right after I gave birth to my son. I was super happy because finally reached waist-length hair but little did I know I did something you are NOT supposed to do to your hair.
For one, I use a titanium straightener. All my years I’ve used only a ceramic straightener, and it gave me fantastic results, so why did I decide to use a titanium straightener? Honestly, I saw it at Marshall’s and thought I was going to do wonders on my hair. After conducting some research I found out titanium was stronger than the usual ceramic and was best used by professionals.
How I got the heat damage exactly is of the simple fact that I decided to retouch my 1-month old straighten hair. Girl, I could go back and throw away that straightener then I would. So here I was dealing with damaged hair and postpartum shedding for two years straight.
How to get rid of Heat Damage Hair
If you want to get rid of heat damage hair there are three things you need to do asap!
- Create a deep conditioning routine
- Invest in protein treatments
- Big chop (only if want or needed) or transition slowly
When is come to severe heat damage, you have to decide if you are going to transition and slowly chop your hair or big chop. If you choose to big chop then no worries, the heat damage is gone and all you have to do is focus on your healthy hair care routine. Most people aren’t ready to big chop right away, this was me. The best thing to do if you are not ready to big chop is to transition and cut a little overtime.
HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY TRANSITION DAMAGED NATURAL HAIR
To transition natural hair successfully you have to make sure you work the health back into your hair. For example, you should be deep conditioning twice a week, doing protein treatments on your hair at least 6 weeks apart (depending on how much your hair needs, consult with a licensed cosmetologist), and get your hair trim at least 3-4 months apart.
PRODUCTS THAT BROUGHT MY HAIR GAME BACK
Here are some products that I currently use on my hair. I’ve noticed my hair breakage went down a lot, what use to be clumps of hair are now tiny handfuls of hair.
I use this to co-wash my hair every Wednesday and Sunday. It has a wonderful smell too it that’s not too sweet.
This is going to be your best friend! What I love about it is that it’s super creamy and thick. I have thick low porosity hair so this works wonders for me. My hair has become so strong!
This is why I love their products so much
A product that will revive loose curls due to heat damage. I put this in my hair for 30 mins. I would use this sparingly.
A hair OG! This has been around for years and I can see why. I use this on my damaged hair plenty of times and I noticed a difference in my curl pattern and hair strength right away.
Mistakes to Avoid while Reviving your Curly Hair
Here are some mistakes you need to avoid while bringing your hair back to life
- Using too much heat
- Skipping trims
- Delaying your deep conditioning routine
- Skipping needed protein treatments
The worst thing you can do during this whole process is forgetting your routine. This will just bring you back to square one. I don’t want you to be like how I was; I was lazy with my hair care routine then I ended up big chopping. In the end, I don’t regret it though.
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Good luck with your haircare journey!