Heat-damage sucks, guys. ????
Hey girls! I am really suffering from heat damage. I used to have beautiful curly hair that was past my shoulders. When I was younger, my mother used to braid my hair every Sunday which made it very strong and healthy. But around the beginning of 6th grade, I would start straightening it behind my moms back. She would hide all of my heat appliances and would even throw them in the garbage. I used to hate her for this but now I completely understand why she did that. Starting in 7th grade, I straightened my hair almost every day. I then began noticing my hair getting a bit thinner, but it wasn't too bad. The hairs along my hairline were getting shorter and breaking. But it didn't stop me from using heat. In 8th grade, I continued to use heat appliances. And my mom kept telling me to stop. I knew that my hair was getting really damaged, but I didn't stop. In 9th grade, my hair got so bad. I told myself to stop. I straightened my hair less, and began trying out some natural products. I also used biotin. Now, I'm a sophomore and I have probably lost more than half of my hair. My hairline has definitely receded and my forehead looks huge. It looks like it's growing back, because there's little hairs around that area which is kind of encouraging. The crown of my hair has definitely thinned out and I just feel so ugly. To make things worse, I've joined the swim team and the chlorine is definitely going to damage my hair. I wear a swim cap but the chlorine still gets in. And I have to wash my hair with clarifying shampoo every day. I really don't know what to do anymore. I have really low self esteem due to my hair loss and it's extremely embarrassing. I try some natural hairstyles but they don't look too nice because my hair isn't very full. I don't know what to do, please help. And thanks for taking the time to read this.