The Difference Between Direct Heat and Indirect Heat for Natural Hair


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

We discuss the dangers of heat on our hair and often we even use the term "direct heat" but what exactly is direct heat? Is it different from indirect heat? Yes, it is and despite the massive products on the market for straightening hair, if a natural wants bone straight hair without using chemicals then heat will need to be used.

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THERMAL RELAXING: HOTTEST NEW STRAIGHTENING TECHNIQUE OR GLORIFIED HEAT DAMAGE?

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Many of us want those laid tresses. Yes, we may love our coils, curls and kinks, but a sexy, sleek straight look is still coveted and can look amazing! While, many steer clear due to fear of heat damage, others try and find newer ways to get that sexy look without damaging the hair. Well, the newest thing out here that is getting much love is Thermal Relaxing.

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The Real Cause of Mid-Strand Splits and How to Avoid Them

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As if split ends were not trouble enough, curly girls also have to deal with another hair damaging issue, one that some never even knew existed. What am I talking about? Mid-shaft splits. Yes, this is another thing to add to your list of things to avoid when caring and treating your natural curls. So what exactly is a mid-shaft split and how can you prevent this from happening? 

How to Stretch Natural Hair Without Heat


by Charlene Walton of TexturedTalk.com

Have you been trying to figure out the best ways to stretch natural hair without heat? Of course, every girl loves her natural curls but stretching your hair before styling can result in a totally different look. The problem most women fear; however, is heat damage! Growing out heat damaged hair is the most annoying thing I’ve ever experienced in my natural hair journey. Eventually, I cut the remaining damaged ends but, that option is off the table for a lot of women. As a result, here are a few cool ways you can stretch your hair without heat the next time you’re about to style your hair.

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Repair Your Heat Damage in 6 Easy Steps



There is no turning back the tresses of time when it comes to severe, gradual heat damage that happens after too frequent heat use, at too high temperatures, with too few heat protectants. But what about that one time you might have just made one too many passes over your hair? Or maybe you know you did everything right, but you're just nervous about the possibility of your curls and coils not bouncing back quite the same way.

All hope may not be lost for those short-term straightenings. Try taking these 6 steps to rehabilitate your curls after a heat binge. You don't have to do all 6 at once, feel free to pick and choose which ones may work for you!

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Natural Hair Blow Out | Tips to Prevent Damage


by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

Looking for tips to protect your natural hair for your next blow out? Ready to flaunt straight or stretched hair for a few days? We are all scared of that those two little words…dun dun dun… Heat damage! There is good news, though. You can safely blow out your hair to prevent and minimize heat damage. Here are a few ways to help you protect your hair for your next blow out.

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Preventing and Treating Natural Hair Damage #LikeABoss




Damage is a barrier that will prevent you from seeing hair growth. Your hair is actually growing all the time, but with damage in the way, your hair is breaking off at the same rate it is growing, which is why there will appear to be no growth progress.

You have to slow down the rate at which you damage your hair. Reduce is the word of choice used because it is impossible to eliminate all damage. Your hair is damaged to some degree every time you wash it, detangle it, and even touch it.

We will concern ourselves with the 4 types of damage that can occur and how to prevent these sources of damage altogether:

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Heat Damage in Natural Hair


Photo Courtesy of Natalie Live
 by Amanda

When embarking on your natural hair journey, everything has to start with a healthy foundation for optimal results. The best way to think about your foundation is the virgin hair growing from your scalp. Whether you were a straight-haired natural, "heat trained", or straightened your hair six times a year, anyone who uses heat tools is susceptible to experiencing heat damage. Still uncertain (or in denial) that you have experienced heat damage? Consider this.

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Rehab Your Natural Hair After Using Heat




There are three hair treatments that all naturals should do post heat styling. These treatments add moisture back into the cortex of the hair strand, fill in any missing gaps in the cuticle, and increasing the hair’s elasticity.

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How to Avoid Heat Damage

 Photo Courtesy of Maria Antoinette


The number one self-inflicted hair related issue that I have seen as a licensed cosmetologist is heat damage. Heat damage does not discriminate by hair type. The tips that I have complied below can decrease the potential of heat damage and therefore help you feel more comfortable when using heat tools.

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Overcome Heat Damage in Natural Hair





by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

The phrase, 'heat damage' is a something that we all fear in the Natural Hair community! I recently interviewed natural hair vlogger Elle at Curls Unbothered about her experiences with Heat Damage.


1. How long have you dealt with heat damage?
I went “natural” in 2010, my sophomore year of college which for me meant removing all heated appliances from my regimen. I grew tired of having to straighten my edges and roots everyday because I was sweating every time I stepped outside. From 2010 to 2012, I did not let a single morsel of direct heat touch my hair. NO blowdryers, flat irons, curl irons/wands NOTHING! I decided in October 2012 for my first alumni homecoming appearance (HU!) I would straighten my hair, and that was the beginning of the end. I wish I had taken pictures of my hair back then, it grew from shoulder length to mid back length! I was completely amazed and quite frankly feeling myself to the highest degree. I got so many compliments on my hair (its health and growth) that I decided to keep it straight for “a little while longer.” Well, that little while turned into a full year in which I straightened my hair once a week which included:
  • Blow-drying on the HIGHEST heat setting my CHI blowdryer could achieve
  • Flat ironing on 450 degrees sans heat protectant or deep conditioning
During that year of straight hair I didn’t experience any breakage and my hair continued to grow but my curls slowly diminished. I washed my hair one day and thought to myself “I’m tired of straight hair I’m going back curly,” only to realize I had no curls left. Thus, my heat damage journey was born!

Smoke Points- Why Oil Doesn't Work as a Heat Protectant #ScienceTho



Most curlies know about heat protectants that will lessen the damage from heat styling within reasons. Whether you blow-dry, flat iron, or use a curling iron, you need a heat protectant. I cannot remember being told this when I was relaxed, so I am sure I was frying my hair to death back then, but now everyone knows to use them. With the current increased interest in natural products, more women are looking for natural alternatives in their entire regimens.
 
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#RepostForLola
#DropsKnowledge


by Susan Walker of DrWalkerWellness

What began as a curious investigation into a technique and system many naturals are using to style their hair ended in anger and frustration and a revelation that as naturals, some of us a don’t feel as though our specific hair texture is “good” enough.

I’m going to preface this post by saying that my own personal bias is woven throughout because of my own personal hair journey and the thoughts, feelings and perceptions of beautiful natural hair I’ve had to fight through when it comes to my hair, to get to the place I’m at right now. It’s candid and to the point. And it may offend. You can stop here or continue to read on.

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Maintaining Heat Damaged Hair- How to Transition!

 by Kanisha Parks of BlackNaps.org

If you’re a natural who has heat damaged hair and aren’t ready to trim off the damage, you can certainly maintain it. At some point, you will have to trim off the heat damage in order to have completely healthy hair. You can do this gradually or all at once. I personally went on a heat damage recovery journey because I wasn’t ready to hack off half of my hair when it became heat damaged. I grew my heat damage out for about a year back in 2013 before finally trimming off all of my heat damaged ends in December 2013. I maintained my hair mostly by wearing box braids and Senegalese twists, but there are a range of other protective and stretched styles that you can try, too.

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Heat Damage and Your Natural Hair



Whether you use a flat iron, blow-dryer, curling iron, or curling wand is irrelevant, high temperatures (and "high" is a relative term for many women) and frequent usage cause the hair to break down. You may not realize it yet, but if your hair is limp, excessively dry, or experiencing breakage then you may have heat damage. Going natural is all about shifting your perspective of what is beautiful and healthy, and if heat is a part of your hair routine then it may mean a shift in your relationship with heat. Still not convinced? It might be heat damage denial.

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Heat Protection 101: Fry Eggs, Not Hair.



Fall is approaching and some curlies are ready to fry, dye, and lay those curls to the side, but this should be approached with caution. I know you want to use that edge control to get that swoop game tight this season, but there is a right way and a wrong way to do it! Some curlies are anti-straight but one thing is for sure, all curlies are pro “don't put me in a box” so let’s support one another’s choices. If you choose to take advantage of the cold weather for long-lasting straightened styles, then you should do so with the utmost care to protect your curls, coils, and waves. 

Naturally Glam: Treasure Cooper


Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Treasure Cooper and I am a 24 year old college graduate. I am from a town called Indio in California. I started my hair journey in 2010 because I had damaged it too much. I was constantly dying my hair honey blonde using box dye and straightening it for two years. One day I washed my hair and my curl pattern was completely gone.

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for 3 years and 3 months.

What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? Why?
I decided to transition after I realized that my curl pattern was completely gone. I remember feeling sad because my hair looked so dead to me. I would wet it and it would just hang there straight. I would consider myself a transitioner, because I did do a chop to my shoulders and then slowly cut away my hair as every month passed. I was too nervous to cut my hair off really short which prevented me from doing a real big chop. I felt the best way to go natural was for me to do a chop and then trim my hair as more grew until all of the damaged hair was cut away.

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Restoring Natural Hair Elasticity



Elasticity has been a way in which we gauge healthy hair and is most noted for attributing bounce and movement to the hair. Elasticity is determined by your hair’s ability to stretch and return to its natural state. Everyone’s hair stretches at different rates. Hair Finder says typically hair can stretch up 50% its size when wet and 20% when dry, as wet hair is more malleable compared to dry hair.

Your individual elasticity is based on many factors beginning with the density of each hair strand. If you have thick hair, you can expect a higher level of elasticity compared to fine hair.

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Dry Natural Hair and How to Fix It!



At some point in our natural hair journey, we've all been there. Or maybe you're there now, and that's why you're reading this. Whatever the case may be, nobody likes the feeling of dry, crispy, overworked hair that breaks off into thin wisps at the slightest touch.

But before we get in to a product frenzy, let's get a few things out of the way. First, a regimen check. If you're experiencing chronic dryness, ask yourself the following:

When was the last time you clarified your hair?

How often are you deep conditioning?

How are you layering your products after styling?

How often are you using heat?

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Will Grape Seed Oil Prevent Heat Damage?


via the Beauty Brains-

Lilypad asks:
I’m transitioning from relaxed to natural hair and a lot of blogs and video bloggers tout grape seed oil as a heat protectant when blowdrying or flat ironing hair because it has a high smoke point (about 420 °F). Is there any truth to this claim? The smoke point refers to the oil’s use in cooking but does it apply to hair as well?

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