Know when to let go... of your curly heat damaged ends.
The majority of the questions and inquiries I receive on my YouTube channel, email and blog have a common theme. Heat damage. More specifically, inquiring minds want to know if there is hope after heat damage and if so, how to get their curls back. My answers are always personal, because cutting your damage is more than likely a personal decision. There are however, some very tell-tell signs for when it’s really time to let go.
The 1st Sign
Raggedy ends. My word choice is very specific because I feel that ‘raggedy’ describes almost every scenario in which it is time to let go. Heat damage usually stands out like a sore thumb. Part of the heat damaged strand, whether it be the ends or mid-shaft, is limp and lifeless. Lifeless ends don’t necessarily mean that you must cut your ends. Personally, my lifeless ends helped me discover several styles. Like many transitioners braid outs, twist ‘n curls and roller sets were routine styles in my arsenal for blending my curly and straight textures. However, if you’re lifeless ends are frayed and breaking causing split-ends and knots, IT’S TIME TO LET GO!
Raggedy ends prevent the hair you could be transitioning into from reaching its full potential. Split ends spread up to the hair shaft spilt the healthy hair growing from your scalp. Knots or SSKs (Single Strand Knots) are the result of raggedy ends getting together for a raggedy party. No one has time for that. Knots caused by raggedy ends attract their other raggedy counterparts (shed hair, dirt, dust, debris) and can even cause clumpy tangles at the ends of tightly coiled hair (4c).