Heat Damage- What do you do?

Have you ever had heat damage? I have. Twice!! Heat damage is when your hair is burned and your hair looses its curls/coils/kinks. This usually occurs when you are getting a blow out and straightening. You usually won’t know your hair has heat damage until you wash it again and notice your curls are not the same and limp.

What to do when you have heat damage?

Firstly, it doesn’t matter how many deep conditioners or beer rinses you do or other myths out there. Once your hair is damaged, it is damaged. Heat damage is permanent.

People would tell me I have to cut all my hair off. Ummm no! You can trim your hair little by little to eventually cut the damaged hair. There is no sense in cutting all your hair off if your entire head isn’t damaged. You can still work with your hair. I’ve seen several ladies with completely “heat trained” (AKA Damaged hair) hair down their backs and it looks healthy. In fact, some ladies like their hair “heat trained”. My heat damaged hair now doesn’t feel bad, but the first time- it felt like STRAW. I guess everyone’s hair has different effects with heat.

I make my hair match. The first time I had heat damage, I didn’t even know thats what it was. I honestly thought that the Shampoo assistant accidentally got relaxer on it or like there was some left over in the shampoo bowl.  I then realized that my hair had been burned.

Twist sets were my friend. I also got to the point where I had to keep a small bobby  pin on me at all times to tuck that section of hair up because it hung so long and my hair that wasn’t burned was in a kinky afro.

There are many ways to conceal heat damage. It definitely does suck to have damage, but you can still work with it without cutting all your hair off and doing another big chop.