Will heat damaged hair break off if not cut as natural curls grow out?

I didn't know my hair was heat damaged until I stopped getting my hair straghtened and doing it myself..I started doing that when I colored my hair in feb and now I see my natural curl textures and the older hair isn't the same and is more like frizzy loose curls..it looks like I relaxed my hair or something I guess since ppl always ask that when I get it straightened or do a braid out..I'm trying to grow my hair out and don't want to cut it off b\c most of it is damage.it'd probably take 3 years to get it the length it is now with natural healthy curls.

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I didn't know my hair was heat damaged until I stopped getting my hair straghtened and doing it myself..I started doing that when I colored my hair in feb and now I see my natural curl textures and the older hair isn't the same and is more like frizzy loose curls..it looks like I relaxed my hair or something I guess since ppl always ask that when I get it straightened or do a braid out..I'm trying to grow my hair out and don't want to cut it off b\c most of it is damage.it'd probably take 3 years to get it the length it is now with natural healthy curls.

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Originally Posted by Johari

If you're not protein-sensitive, try a series of protein treatments followed by deep conditioning treatments. My severely heat damaged hair didn't break off, most of the curls came back with the treatments, some didn't and I had to cut those straight/wavy ends. But that was better than having to cut 6+ inches of my hair off. My hair did not break off, even as heat damaged as it was, that was probably due to the diligent protein treatments (strengthening the bonds in my hair) and deep conditioning.
Hair type: the back and sides have small spiraly curls, the top and front just wave like, "hi! how ya doin?"

Condish: ElucenceMBC, HEHH, my kitchen mixes

Moisturizer: mixed spritz of: H20, aloe vera juice, honey, EVCO, ElucenceMBC

Curl Definer: H20 & a shake, my moisturizer mix.... or aloe vera/flax seed/ic fantsia gel if I'm not being lazy.

Styles: wash-n-go, twists just curl up like my wash-n-go

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When I decided to go natural, I had a bit of heat damage already and my bff who had all natural hair had a lot of heat damage from salon visits where the blow drier was always used on our hair and held so close to our hair that we see steam, smoke, whatever it's called (I'll add that I haven't used heat on my hair in almost a year now).
Anyways, as my natural hair grew, the heat damaged bits didn't fall of at first, but eventually, they did. Where your healthy hair and the heat damaged hair meets is a weak point so over time, that point would weaken some more and the damaged hair would fall off by itself.

Right now, I don't know if the ends of my hair (a little less than an inch) are heat damaged or just relaxed. I know most of it is relaxed. I never cut my relaxed hair, neither did I cut my heat damaged hair. I long-transitioned so, as my natural curls were growing out, slowly, like once or twice a month (after some time of growing my natural hair out), I noticed that I'll get quite a bit of hair when I wash or detangle my hair. That used to worry me till I actually held some of the hair and looked at it carefully. Then, I noticed that indeed it was relaxed and heat damaged. I mentioned that I have a little less than an inch of relaxed hair left, right, well, my hair was, well, about a bit less than shoulder length before I decided to go natural, something happened, yeah, err...a lady at the salon cut my extensions without asking (got yelled at by her boss) and in the process she cut my hair.I might add that she was a new worker there. So, anyways, my hair was about mid-neck long. Right now, it's a little lower than my collarbone and I have little relaxed/heat damaged hair left...why?....because they broke off by themselves.

Also, you can partially reverse heat damage by using 100% natural aloe vera on your hair (I use aloe vera gel straight from the plant). Also, I hear that protein treatments help too. I've had protein treatments, but I didn't do them for that reason and I don't think they helped much (or maybe you just get long-term results). Anyways, aloe vera gel may dry your hair out a bit, so, just to be cautious, get some shea butter on your hair then get the aloe vera gel on your hair too. Deep conditioning your hair at least once a week or once every two weeks would help too. Also, it would strengthen your natural hair.

You don't have to cut your hair, I didn't cut mine. I can't imagine myself having hair shorter than this again. I am going to get a trim in June, if I haven't lost all my damaged ends by then, but that's it.

So, just treat your hair right, keep it healthy, you won't have to cut your hair, all you have to do is let it be and the damaged ends'll fall off by themselves. Also, figure out ways to style your hair especially because of the two very different textures (the natural curl and the heat damaged ones).

Hope I could help.
Things I use: Olive Oil, Canola oil, rosemary oil, aloe vera gel, shea butter, mayonnaise, eggs, milk, bananas

Everything I use is 100% natural. I make most of them myself because then I'm sure what's in it and I'm sure nothing's added, it's pure, it's natural.

Things I avoid: Mineral oil (codename: Baby oil), heat (I'm a total, no hair driers, no straighteners, no curling irons, no flat irons, no hot combs...nada), sodium chloride

Growing plan: At least 6 inches longer in a year.
I grew my heat damaged hair out and trimmed it off slowly. The heat damaged hair didn't break off. Heat damaged hair looks relaxed but it isn't as damaged and processed as actual relaxed hair.


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Hi,

Soooo I am currently deployed here in Afghanistan. My hair has been through HELL since I been here. I'm originally from Georgia where the weather is humid. Here in Afghanistan, the weather is dry and dusty (115 deg). I experienced a lot of breakage so I decided to get a cut here on base. The stylist is of coarse a foreigner and didn't do a great job plus she used heat to get my hair as straight as she could (No Flat iron just blow dryer). I hated the way she cut my hair but it was better than it was. I think I have heat damage and I need help trying to fix it. Do anyone have suggestions for me considering my hair hate proteins?????
Hi,

Soooo I am currently deployed here in Afghanistan. My hair has been through HELL since I been here. I'm originally from Georgia where the weather is humid. Here in Afghanistan, the weather is dry and dusty (115 deg). I experienced a lot of breakage so I decided to get a cut here on base. The stylist is of coarse a foreigner and didn't do a great job plus she used heat to get my hair as straight as she could (No Flat iron just blow dryer). I hated the way she cut my hair but it was better than it was. I think I have heat damage and I need help trying to fix it. Do anyone have suggestions for me considering my hair hate proteins?????
Originally Posted by Natural_Beauty3
The best is say is keeping it moisturized with water and maybe do a protective style of two strand twists or singles. Leave it in that style for a week or two.

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I didn't know my hair was heat damaged until I stopped getting my hair straghtened and doing it myself..I started doing that when I colored my hair in feb and now I see my natural curl textures and the older hair isn't the same and is more like frizzy loose curls..it looks like I relaxed my hair or something I guess since ppl always ask that when I get it straightened or do a braid out..I'm trying to grow my hair out and don't want to cut it off b\c most of it is damage.it'd probably take 3 years to get it the length it is now with natural healthy curls.

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Originally Posted by Johari
Wow almost a year ago! I'm kinda on the same situation except my hair is longer-both the heat damaged part and my curls at the roots.

I noticed when I detangle in the shower that lots of straight strands come out in clumps.

I'm guessing its breaking off because I'm left with the shorter curly strands.

I wanted to trim the straight ends little by little but it seems every week they reappear! And I haven't used heat since July, I'm trying to go a whole year



I tried a protein deep conditioner that worked a few years ago to make my curls tighter & defined but it made the heat damaged part thinner & straighter! Its argan oil reconstructor from Sally's.

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