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Heat Damage?

jessbytheseajessbythesea Posts: 2Registered Users
So typically, when my hair is longer it's 2b/2c and I'm able to let it just air dry with some styling products in it and then pineapple it overnight to keep a good curl/wave going on. Back in the fall, I cut my hair shorter, and could no longer do the pineapple. I got frustrated that my hair would go so limp/messy overnight, and I didn't have time to style it every morning.

So in January, just as it was getting long enough to put in a tiny pineapple again, I started to curl my hair once a week just so the curl would be even. That went on for about six or seven weeks, but now I'm noticing that my hair won't air dry as curly as it used to. Even though I was careful and sparing with the curling iron, did I damage my hair? A fellow curly friend told me I might be stuck with it until that part of the hair grows out, but I was hoping there could be something I could do to get it back in fighting shape. Any suggestions?

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  • curlicious13curlicious13 Posts: 1,632Registered Users
    Deep conditioning & getting a cut are your best options.
  • HairObsessedHairObsessed Posts: 138Registered Users
    Unfortunately, yes, you probably did damage your hair.

    Protein can help damaged hair. IAgirl's protein treatment is a good cheap one. It's a homemade gelatin protein treatment. You should be able to search for it on here.

    Good luck! HTH!
    Wave Pattern: 2A
    Hair Properties: Normal/Low Porosity, Medium Density, Medium Texture w/Fine Straight Underlayer
    Co-wash: Suave Naturals, Cure Care
    Low-poo: Renpure Brazilian Keratin
    Rinse Out & Leave In: Tresemme Naturals
    Gel: LA Looks Mega Mega Hold Gel, Garnier Fructis Spray Gel
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    You can damage hair irreparably in just one session with a heat tool if it is overly hot or hair is even slightly damp, say.

    Agree try hydrolysed protein treatments and condition, condition, condition. Also don't forget to clarify a couple times if you have been using different products (eg heat protection).
    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
  • rbbrbb Posts: 4,095Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    there is a new article by tonya macay (the curl chemist) on heat damage. just do a search on heat damage, curl chemist and it should come right up. i'll try to get the link.

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: cj aloe fix gel, cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab.
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • rbbrbb Posts: 4,095Registered Users Curl Connoisseur

    3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity :-(
    washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
    leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
    styling: cj aloe fix gel, cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab.
    sealants - jane carter nourish & shine
  • jessbytheseajessbythesea Posts: 2Registered Users
    Thanks for the tips, everyone! I got a cut, and that seemed to help at least shape it up for the time being. I also bought a clarifying shampoo to take care of the silicone heat protectant product I had been using, and my hair feels better for it. I'll give the protein treatments a shot too.
  • Ms.CabernetMs.Cabernet Posts: 137Registered Users
    Wrong post! Deleted.