Reversing Heat Damage

OfMiceAndMinottOfMiceAndMinott Registered Users Posts: 1
Hi! A little in sight. My hair is a mix of 3b is the front and 3c everywhere else. I generally straighten my hair every 5 or 6 months but the other day i straightened it and now it looks more 2b/c. It's also gotten very coarse. Ive tried deep conditioners, hot oil treatments and soaks. Nothing seems to be working. Any tips? Thanks!


  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Registered Users Posts: 3,750 Curl Neophyte
    Unfortunately hair is dead, you cannot repair or reverse damage. If deep conditioning, protein treatments or using penetrating oils has not had any effect with perseverance sadly you will have to grow or cut out the damage.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect
  • KiraSavannahKiraSavannah Registered Users Posts: 423
    I'm a 3b/c and I flat ironed my hair for 9 months straight and ended up a 2b/c, the way I kept from looking like I cut all my hair off was leaving the back hair alone, & I cut the front/top half hair damage.I ended up having to blend it together with the curly hair. I cut about 3 inches this summer( the whole summer I went heat free) , and you wouldn't be able to tell. But then I recently decided to flat iron my hair, and got heat damage again!, even though I hadn't flat ironed it in 3 months, I shampooed with a sulfate twice and it brought some curls back, but I ended up having to cut some of my 3c top half damage AGAIN , but got no heat damage in the bottom half which is 3b, so I got to keep my length,. Try shampooing, and / or an coconut and honey treatment it helped revive my curls, avocado is known to help too. If nothing works you may have to get the scissors:(

    Sent from my SGH-T999 using CurlTalk App
    CG/LOC Method's 3b/3c hair SL-Curly/ Goal-MBL Curly:)
    Weekly Poo/Low Poo: some Shea M Poo.
    Weekly Deep Treat-Dermorganic Intensive Hair Masque
    Bi-Weekly RO:Tresseme Naturals - V.Smooth/N.Moisture
    Daily Leave in:Shea Moisture Extra Moisture Detangler
    Daily Oil: Olive Oil & Conut Oil Mix
    Daily Styler: Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk
  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Registered Users Posts: 2,075 Curl Neophyte
    I've just finished transitioning after straightening my hair with chemicals twice a year and straightening it with straighteners EVERY DAY, all for the past eight years or so, so I know a bit about heat damage lol.

    What I found worked best for me - patience. That and frequent cuts. I did a couple of dramatic ones (not quite big chops, but the past two cuts have taken my hair form around boob-length to sitting on my shoulders).

    Try doing DC treatments once per week, using oils like coconut and using CG friendly products and scrunching your hair to encourage curl formation. Use products that 'activate' curls.

    Really though, like everyone else has said, you're just going to have to wait it out until your curls 'come back to life'. Heat damage is something you have to grow out really, rather than 'recover' from.
    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
    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:

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