When I am asked what has helped me to retain the most length, I only have one answer: ZERO HEAT. Most women are incredulous when I tell them that I do not use heat tools on my hair for any reason. No flat irons, no curling irons, no blow dryers. P.E.R.I.O.D.
I eliminated the use of heat from my hair care regimen for one reason. I had been following a no heat challenge for a couple of months. When the no heat challenge was over I decided to flat iron my hair. I had grown used to having texture and body in my hair and this was totally gone from my flat-ironed tresses. They lay there limp and flat and see through. Additionally, the very day after flat ironing I noticed that there were little broken hairs all over my white porcelain sink. Mind you, during the no heat challenge I had seen few if any of these little broken hairs. I decided that day to never touch a flat iron to my hair again. The damage was direct and immediate. I had seen the link for myself.
So, I went on my merry way enjoying my moist, bodiful, heat-free tresses. FABU! One day, however I had somewhere buttoned-up to go and had to get a style quick! I decided to try and blowdry myself some straight hair with bumped ends. Wrong. Hollow, desiccated straw for hair. And once again the next day saw my white porcelain sink wearing a coat-of-many-broken-hairs. Immediate verifiable damage.
What I realized was that the use of heat on relaxed hair has immediate damaging effects. I would go from moist, breakage-free hair one day to breaking-all-over-the-place the very next. So, I decided to do some research on what heat does to our hair. What I learned was distressing at the very least. Heat usage effectively “bubbles” the cortex of the hair, meaning that the center of the hair structure boils away leaving a hollow cuticle that breaks right off. And no amount of “heat protectant” can stop or reverse this damage. It is permanent.
Think of it. Would you take a 400 degree flat iron, clamp it over the base of your index finger and run that hot iron slowly down to the tip of your finger? Then repeat? Of course not because you would burn the hell out of your hand. Further, would that finger be permanently scarred or would the damage reverse itself if you slathered some RepairMiracleoftheHour on it? We all know the finger would stay permanently disfigured. So, the question is why do we do this to our hair? It is made up of the same elements as skin - just a different molecular structure.
Ladies don’t fool yourself. Constant heat on relaxed hair equals broke-bald and you know it. We all know scores of sistahs walking around with broke-off, see-through, tresses that they claim “won’t grow.” Believe me, our hair is growing, but we have been burning it off as soon as it makes its appearance. It's time to find a better way!
Going without heat might be difficult at first, but once you get a load of the thick healthy tresses you can have with an effective regimen and no-heat styling methods you will never go back!