PLEASE HELP Can My 2c hair change to...nothing?

Hey Ok when I was a very little baby my hair was just like my moms (2c) but since I was little, 5 or 6, my mom took me to the shop and got my hair done (wash, blow dry, hot comb, and flat iron) now I am 17. I want to wear my hair natural but now I don't see any curls at all I think I have really bad heat damage because my hair is curly when i wet it but as it drys it get straighter and puffier. Again I believe is really bad heat damage from getting my hair done for 12 or 13 year straight, but my hair dresser told me I do not have heat damage and my hair is not curly but it is not kinky, wavy, or straight. I do not believe that my hair is just puffy with absolutely no pattern of any kind and I do not believe I do not have heat damage after 12 or 13 years of extreme heat. Some one please help me this has caused me much trouble trying to figure this out. I will be happy if my hair if 2c type 3 or type 4. I just want to know. O and this is my what moms (and what mine did as a baby) natural hair looks like. I hope it shows but it is Lisa Wu Hartwell's curly hair if it is not there. Thank you and sorry for the long story
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The thing about heat damage is that sometimes it's permanent. Do you notice your roots are wavy or curly and the rest of your hair is poofy? If so, that means you have permanent heat damage but the new hair growing in is normal and wavy/curly.

so it's pretty safe to say you have heat damage. your options are to grow out your hair until you feel comfortable cutting off the damaged ends. gradually over the year or years
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While heat damage is permanent, there are ways of reducing the effects of it. Like, you could try protein treatments to help your hair appear healthier. Also, your hair might be dry and need moisture. What products are you using right now? Do you know your hair properties? Also, using different hair products or styling techniques might help bring out your hair's curliness.
Fine Texture, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity. Dyed to brown a few months ago.
Lowpoo:
Trader Joe's TTT Shampoo
Rinse Out:
Yes to Carrots, AOHR, Aubrey Organics Rosemary Peppermint
LI: Yes to Carrots
Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, LA Looks Sports, Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Mousse
Don't know if this helps but I went for a haircut and my stylist cut out a lot of the hair she said was drier (and probably more damaged) and did some strategic layering to even out my curl pattern. If you don't want to cut your hair it's fine, but with the right person it might help. Mine's a good three inches shorter now but it looks so much better I don't mind. I also agree a light protein treatment might be a good idea to help the damaged strands. (If your hair is fine in texture, you might even try a heavier protein treatment.) I'm coarse so I'm going to do the light PT this week actually with an egg, some mayo, and some EVOO. And then I'm going to follow up with a deep treatment to condition the heck out of my hair.
3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

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Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

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