Heat Damage?

So typically, when my hair is longer it's 2b/2c and I'm able to let it just air dry with some styling products in it and then pineapple it overnight to keep a good curl/wave going on. Back in the fall, I cut my hair shorter, and could no longer do the pineapple. I got frustrated that my hair would go so limp/messy overnight, and I didn't have time to style it every morning.

So in January, just as it was getting long enough to put in a tiny pineapple again, I started to curl my hair once a week just so the curl would be even. That went on for about six or seven weeks, but now I'm noticing that my hair won't air dry as curly as it used to. Even though I was careful and sparing with the curling iron, did I damage my hair? A fellow curly friend told me I might be stuck with it until that part of the hair grows out, but I was hoping there could be something I could do to get it back in fighting shape. Any suggestions?
Deep conditioning & getting a cut are your best options.
Unfortunately, yes, you probably did damage your hair.

Protein can help damaged hair. IAgirl's protein treatment is a good cheap one. It's a homemade gelatin protein treatment. You should be able to search for it on here.

Good luck! HTH!
Wave Pattern: 2A
Hair Properties: Normal/Low Porosity, Medium Density, Medium Texture w/Fine Straight Underlayer
Co-wash: Suave Naturals, Cure Care
Low-poo: Renpure Brazilian Keratin
Rinse Out & Leave In: Tresemme Naturals
Gel: LA Looks Mega Mega Hold Gel, Garnier Fructis Spray Gel
You can damage hair irreparably in just one session with a heat tool if it is overly hot or hair is even slightly damp, say.

Agree try hydrolysed protein treatments and condition, condition, condition. Also don't forget to clarify a couple times if you have been using different products (eg heat protection).
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
there is a new article by tonya macay (the curl chemist) on heat damage. just do a search on heat damage, curl chemist and it should come right up. i'll try to get the link.
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine
here's the link:

Tonya McKay | NaturallyCurly.com
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3a, some 2c & 3b, medium texture, porosity normal, low elasticity
washing/cowashing, conditioning, protein tx: curl junkie products
leave in:cj conditioners and treatments as leave in
styling: cj pattern pusha, cj honey butta leave in, cj cccc, cj ciab, lalsg. cj aloe fix gel is my high dews/summer HG!!
sealants - spiral solutions emollience butter, jane carter nourish & shine
Thanks for the tips, everyone! I got a cut, and that seemed to help at least shape it up for the time being. I also bought a clarifying shampoo to take care of the silicone heat protectant product I had been using, and my hair feels better for it. I'll give the protein treatments a shot too.

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