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Concern about Pixie Curl Method

BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Posts: 2,075Registered Users
I've just finished transitioning and have had great results styling my hair using the methods from Lorraine's book.

But, I can only really leave my hair to dry naturally on the weekends and since my hair needs to be washed twice a week that I means I have to wash on a weekday ... and with work I don't really want to go in with my hair soaking wet, so I was thinking of diffusing once a week.

The only trouble is I've been using heat and chemicals on my hair to get it straight for about ten years and when I started transitioning I cut out heat. It really made a difference and now I feel like I'm at a place where my hair is healthy and (mostly) free from heat damage. I have next-to-no breakage now and am really pleased with all the steps I've taken to get my hair healthy.

So the thought of using a hair dryer once a week really worries me. For anyone who diffuses often, what do you do to avoid heat damage? Have you noticed your hair is drier or breaking?

Let me know ladies, as I'm working myself into a bit of a panic worrying I'm going to undo all the strides I've made toward healthy hair!
3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
DC:
Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
Growing my hair to WL when dry :thumright:

Comments

  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users
    I wet and diffuse on high heat every day for about five minutes with no damage apparent. Then, I air dry for a few hours (maybe three.) That way, my hair is wet, but not soaking wet. If I'm in the car, it may dry more quickly because of heat or air conditioner.

    Some things that help. I use CLU towels to scrunch out a lot of the water after applying products, a professional dryer and get my hair cut every six weeks.
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • RytokaRytoka Posts: 309Registered Users
    I wouldn't worry too much, as long as your not using high heat you shouldn't have damage. I pixie diffuse about every two or three days medium heat low speed and haven't noticed any damage.
    Katie
    2C/3a, Medium Texture, Normal porosity, High Density, Normal Elasticity (so says the LCLF Hair analysis)
    Co Wash: As I am
    RO: Yes To Carrots / Ion
    LI: Biotera / Samy Big Curls Defining Cream
    Gel: FSG, Volumax (Original and Mega)
    Color: Henna
    Tools: Diffusing
    :thumright:
  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Posts: 2,075Registered Users
    kathymack - I've never thought to scrunch with a towel after applying the products! Will definitely give that a go :D

    Rytoka - Thanks for the reassurance. Good to know nobody is having any issues with damage. I guess I'm just panicking for nothing! I'm just so excited to finally be accepting of my hair and be in a place where it's behaving and I can manage it and it's not a dry mess - I don't want to ruin that! But the general consensus seems to be that it's all good, so I'm officially relaxing about it.

    Do either of you guys apply a heat protector before diffusing (like a serum or spray or something)?
    3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

    LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
    Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

    LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
    Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
    Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
    DC:
    Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
    Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

    UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
    Growing my hair to WL when dry :thumright:
  • okyouwinokyouwin Posts: 157Registered Users
    Microfiber towels really help me dry more quickly!
    I'm going to go ahead and say 3a
    fine/medium texture and a bit porous-I color
    Spring routine: Renpure luxurious argan oil shampoo/Loreal Advanced Care Color conditioner , HETT gel
    Microfiber towel/diffuse
    Trying KKCC
  • RytokaRytoka Posts: 309Registered Users
    No, but I only dry to about 50%
    Katie
    2C/3a, Medium Texture, Normal porosity, High Density, Normal Elasticity (so says the LCLF Hair analysis)
    Co Wash: As I am
    RO: Yes To Carrots / Ion
    LI: Biotera / Samy Big Curls Defining Cream
    Gel: FSG, Volumax (Original and Mega)
    Color: Henna
    Tools: Diffusing
    :thumright:
  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users
    You want to remove water weight from your hair to keep it from pulling out the curl. Scrunching also helps form the curl.

    No heat protectant. I don't do it more then about five minutes. I don't have a lot of hair. Other thing is you want your gel to start to "set."
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Posts: 2,075Registered Users
    Thanks for the great tips ladies!! I'm really excited to try this out now and use all your little tips 'n' tricks :D. Will let you all know how it goes!
    3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

    LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
    Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

    LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
    Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
    Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
    DC:
    Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
    Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

    UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
    Growing my hair to WL when dry :thumright:
  • sixelamysixelamy Posts: 4,156Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    When I diffuse (on the very rare occasion), I use the "cool" setting. It doesn't give off much heat at all, but it also takes a lot longer to dry. I use it mainly to get the dripping out and set my gel before going into work. Once dry, I fluff and all is well!
    2c-3a - med-coarse - normal-high porosity - high density
    :bunny:
    NP/LP: CJ Daily Fix, KMF Whenever / Giovanni TTTT
    RO/LI: Aussie Moist, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Hask Keratin Protein
    DC/PROTEIN: KC Stellar Strands / CNPF
    STYLER: CJ Curl Queen
    COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
    :thumbdown:: glycerin in high/low dews, polyquat-10 & 11, parabens