Curly HELP!!!

A little while ago I decided to straighten a chunk of the front and back of my hair to get a proper length check. I prepped my hair with a leave in and then used some shea butter creme to help protect my hair from breaking. I flat ironed on about 410-450 and it came out straight but not bone straight, but when I washed my hair to have it revert back...NOTHING

I used warm and cold water, shampoo and conditioner and even put my whole head in the shower even though I have some fresh twists in. Now I have a patch of the front and back of my head that is about 3a/3b. I've seen a few naturals who flat iron their hair and have it revert back so I tried almost the exact same method and now I have an unwanted loosened curl pattern. I feel terrible and I need to do something to get rid of this!What did I do wrong?! Better yet, How do I fix it?! Is my hair permanently heat damaged?!

Help Please!
3c/4aish, high porosity, fine strands,medium density cottony curls.

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Make sure you use heat protectant when you flat iron too. I don't know if shea butter qualifies as one. I use nexxus heat protectant and flat iron on 340 and it reverts back.

If your hair doesn't revert back, my sister has a couple of patches of heat damaged hair and after her curls dry she goes in with a teeny tiny curling iron and puts a couple of curls in those spots to blend it in. When I was growing out the last of my heat damaged ends I was mega watt scrunching and cupping the ends in a diffuser to blend it in.

Last edited by mellowgirl09; 06-07-2011 at 11:03 AM.
I know this doesn't help you much now but over 400 degrees is way too much heat...same thing happend to me either you cut the damaged area out or live with it until it grows out. sorry to hear this happend
I've heard that beer helps curls to revert back after straightening. I never tried it myself, but I think I remember PrettyDimples on youtube saying that she did it.
Thanks for the vid info! I just just got off from work so I'm going to buy some beer tomorrow and leave it out for a few hours before applying it and see if it works.

Really, this was WAY too much work for just a small length check. I've seen a lot of curlies straighten their hair for length checks and there hasn't been a problem. I should have factored in that I have very thin hair and yes now looking back on it the heat was too high. But roller sets never straightened my hair, it just stretched out my curls so that it looked more like a blow out. I won't be doing this again for quite some time
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