After 6 months of being natural I decided to have my hair straightened. If I knew then what I know now I would have reconsidered.
What took me a year to grow, 6 months transitioning & 6 months natural, was burned in less than an hour.
Had I known when I took the picture below that my hair was literally fried I wouldn’t have been smiling so hard
Sadly, I didn’t find out, although there was an obvious sign, that my hair had been damaged until 2 days later.
Check out the photos below.
What was the “obvious sign” you may ask. Well, it was the undying smell of burned hair. Being the optimistic person that I am, I thought the smell was coming from the product I had in my hair. “Maybe it didn’t mix well with the heat” I told myself. That night, as I slept the smell became stronger & even lingered on my pillows the next day.
By day 2 I grew tired of the smell, still not believing my hair was burned, & I missed my curls; so, I decided to wash my hair. As soon as the water from the shower reached my head the burned smell intensified but the volume of my hair did not. There were no tight coils and kinks; only loose curls and bone straight pieces. My natural hair had officially been heat damaged.
I was devastated! I washed & deep conditioned several times hoping that my hair would revert. A few areas did but, the majority did not.
Where do I go from here ? This is the end of the world, right? I guess I do another Big Chop, right? Wrong!
Heat damage is NOT the end of the world. I have had to repeat this phrase to myself several times over the past couple of days. I am not super women. I feel great sadness and disappointment. But, I refuse to let this get the best of me.
Instead of starting from scratch I have decided that slow and steady will win this fight. As my hair grows I will gradually trim the straight ends. In the mean time, I will be doing roller and twist sets to camouflage the damage.
Surprisingly, I can already see an improvement in my texture, It has only been a week since I discovered the heat damage. Of course, the straight ends of my hair have not, and will not, revert back to my natural hair texture. But, the areas that were not badly damaged have begun to regain its thickness.
If you have ever experienced, or are currently experiencing, heat damage all is not lost. With the right amount of care and patience your hair will grow back. Keep your head up…I will be doing the same.
To view my “Heat Damage Update” click here.