Repair Heat Damage
Heat damage is a foreign word to most people. You could be oblivious to the fact that you have heat damage. Well, if you are one such person, here’s a little run-through for you;
Heat damage is characterized with split-ends and breakage, if your hair is naturally curly, you will notice that it’s straighter, feels coarse to touch, and your hair generally lacks volume, and it’s just weak.
Typically, heat damage is irreversible and can’t be repaired; but with the right treatment regime, the situation can be made better as you wait for the heat damaged part to grow out.
I am currently experiencing heat damage, which I have repaired in the past. I however hope this is the last time I will have to repair it.
Here is what you need as you embark on the journey to healthier hair;
Repairing heat damage mostly has to do with how you treat and wash your hair. So wash day should be a really important part of your routine in this journey.
I love my hair because it’s a reflection of my soul. It’s dense, it’s kinky, it’s soft, it’s textured. It’s difficult, it’s easy and it’s fun. That’s why I love my hair.
-Tracee Ellis Ross
For wash day;
Always start with a pre-poo treatment. See details here.
Wash your hair not more than twice a week. Most naturalistas recommend a sulphate-free shampoo, but I would advise you otherwise.
An SLS shampoo is advised against, due to the fact that it contains harsh chemicals that can dry your scalp, leaving it dull and frizzy.
Why then would I recommend such and not a sulphate-free one? Well , in as much as sulphate-free hair cleansers help retain moisture in the hair, as a naturalista, more so one that is on the road to repair heat damage, you will find yourself using a range of products, and a lot of them. Here is where the SLS shampoo comes in, as it will relieve all the product build-up, which tends to block your scalp pores, from your hair.
Make sure you use a mild conditioner every time you wash your hair, and just let it stay on for a while before you rinse if off, to let the moisture sink in. but not more than the recommended time of 10-20 minutes at most.
Consider using a leave-in conditioner, or alternatively a deep protein treatment; this can include one essential oil and an egg (egg whites only), if you prefer natural means.
Steam you hair at home before rinsing it off. Do not wash off the conditioner with hot water. Go for lukewarm or cold. This will help your hair in retaining the moisture.
After this you can moisturize your hair with a moisturizer of your choice. Look for ingredients such as castor oil (Jamaican black castor oil), keratin, Shea butter, and tea tree oil. Basically, any essential oil is good for your hair.
Do not use regular towels to dry your hair, as they tend to be too harsh on your hair. A microfiber towel is recommended. But, as a naturalista, you are already spending too much on your hair. Go for a T-shirt. I do that myself. This is also one of the best ways to dry your hair asides from the God-given air drying.
The number one rule is to stay away from heat and use alternative methods like twist outs to stretch your hair. Consequently, go easy on the styling. Do not wear tight styling, that strain your hair. Go for loose braids or an afro. Avoid stressing your hair with extreme combing as well. Detangle your hair before washing it and only brush it loosely when it is fully dried. Wet hair tends to be a little weaker.
If you intend to use dye, go for natural dyes. The regular have the same effect as bleach and relaxers on your hair, which contradicts your ultimate goal altogether.
It is important to note that everyone has different types of hair, and extent of heat damage alike. What works for one person might not work for you.
Only result to cutting as the last resort and then start the process all over again. This doesn’t however have to be a bad thing. Go for that cute hair cut you have been eyeing and slay anyway! I hope this helps.
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