Help! My hair is damage from flat ironing, but i'm protein sensitive

Lovestoread22Lovestoread22 Registered Users Posts: 33
Hi, i'm sixteen and i blow dry and flat iron my hair for every single week since 3 months ago and still doing it, and i notice that my hair is damage but i'm protein sensitive, and i live in asia so at school i feel like weirdo because i''m the oonly one in my class that has curly hair i'm 3a by the way, so my question is; what should i do with my hair? I've heard that protein helps damage hair but i'm protein sensitive, so what should i do with my hair cos i dont think i can stop blow dry and flat iron my hair, here's my routine; after i sulfate free shampoo and conditioner my hair, i put some heat protectant and blow dry my hair straight than flat iron it i know it sounds weird but my hair look greater when i blow dry my hair befoe i flat iron it, so what should i do people? Please help me
Dont live in US having trouble to find right products cos there are only few sold here
Hair damage by blow drying and flat iron weekly
Protein sensitive
CG mod since 01/09/2010
Shampoo; sebamed children shampoo sulfate free (a little unsure if the shampoo is sulfate free)
Conditioner; burt bees sugarbeet
DC: burt bees shea repair (but not really works for me though)
english is NOT my first languange so please bear with me if i have offend you by my choice of words


  • PJsMomPJsMom Registered Users Posts: 173
    well, the majority of us blow-dry before straightening, i know it's necessary for my hair. Also what you may have to do is give your hair a break. I'm not sure what access you have or that your mother/father can give you to get to a salon just to get the professional help that you may need to jumpstart a healthy hair regimen.

    BC - 25 July 2006
  • curlybrunette5curlybrunette5 Registered Users Posts: 264
    From my experience, a trim is the only way to go. You can't undo damage and heat styling will damage your hair- there's no way around that. All you can do is cut off the damaged ends.
    3a on top and sides/3b underneath...lots of hair

    My HG: Sabino Lok & Blok
  • misscurlygirlmisscurlygirl Registered Users Posts: 28
    yeah, it sucks. everyone who flat irons gets split ends faster than those who don't. the next time you decide to flat iron your hair, you can conceal/hide the split ends, (your hairdresser may do this for you), or mend them together with product and maybe the split ends will be less visible? I do that a lot when i want to keep my length.
    But they'll never completely go away until you cut them off.
    also, you might wanna try buying Morrocan Oil or getting a keratin treatment. Both lead to softer hair.
  • finaleofseemfinaleofseem Registered Users Posts: 900
    Potentially unrelated, potentially not: if you're not using a sulfate shampoo, it's possible you could be getting build-up from the silicones in your heat protectant (because most heat protectants are have lots of 'cones). This build up could make the damage to your hair seem even worse.
    Location: West Virginia (Eastern Panhandle)
    2b/cMii, medium-high porosity

    Likes protein and most oils, HATES mineral oil
    Summer Routine
    Poo: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
    Cowash CJ Daily Fix
    Rinse out: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
    Leave In: Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture, SSRPT
    Stylers: Ecostyler Krystal, LALSG (in really high dews)
    PT: SS Repairing Protein Treatment
  • Wild Curls Raquelle Wild Curls Raquelle Registered Users Posts: 793 Curl Neophyte
    I had this same problem, natural and heat damage bad. I grew my hair out to a decent length and cut it off. There was nothing else that could be done about it. I didn't even know what heat damage was before I came to this board. And now I'm scared to touch a flat iron. Luckily I didn't have the split ends issue it was just damaged and limp.
    confused curls
    addicted to henna

  • anonymous_26815anonymous_26815 Registered Users Posts: 65
  • anniemaeanniemae Registered Users Posts: 1,702 Curl Neophyte
    If you have split ends, I would definitely get them trimmed off.

    Your hair probably needs more moisture at this point. You should probably do a deep moisturizing/conditioning treatment at least once a week. I once read that the top 5 ingredients for moisture are:

    shea butter
    vegetable glycerin
    jojoba extract
    avocado oil
    aloe vera

    There are some homemade recipes for moisture treatments or many store brands.

    Here is a homemade recipe:

    4 parts conditioner
    1 part honey
    1 part clear aloe gel

    Heat in the microwave for a few seconds (10 to 15 seconds) until it's warm, then apply to wet or dry hair (especially the ends). Cover hair with a shower cap, and let it sit for as long as you can (30 minutes to overnight). Rinse out, do not shampoo.
    Hair Type - wavy/curly, fine texture, thin/medium density

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