My personal 1year NO HEAT Challenge

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I'm almost 18 months natural next month and the last time I blow dried, straightened or had any heat on my hair was last August 2011. I vowed to go one year without heat and I'm almost there. Only 2.5 months to go then I can straighten my hair & truly see how much it's grown.

I'm currently following CG method. For some reason I've been fine all this time but lately the curiosity & desire to straighten my hair has become much greater. I really just want to stick to my goal & show myself that I can be disciplined! The other part of me wants to cave in and go for it... Even if just a flexi- rod set but I can't bring myself to do it. Ugh!!!

I decided to go this 1 year no heat route to achieve maximum health, growth, curl definition, disciplining myself not to get hooked on heat, and to learn to love my curls.

Has anyone else done this recently? If so, tell me about your experience!!



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Last edited by tots5678; 05-07-2012 at 09:44 AM.
Love it! Keep us posted!
Gretchen
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3A

You are beautiful!
If I could achieve volume without a diffuser I totally would do his. But sadly my fine hair needs a little bit of heat to give it a little "oomph". :]
CG as of Feb. 2012
combination hair.
2c on top - low elasticity
3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
porosity: normal to high.
loves protein and moisture.
BSACV as needed.

products may vary. i'm a PJ.
loving Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks, and AS I Am.
@Gretchen

Thank you! I will!

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@beeduh

I've found ways to get volume with no heat.

I dab very little olive oil on my finger tips then massage my scalp after my have is completely air dried and I sotc. Then I lean forward and shake my head & hair upside-down until it is the fluffy that I can live with.

Another way I got from Taren916 on YouTube. She uses a pic to lift her roots. I tried this and love it only I use my wide tooth comb because I don't have a hair pic.

Maybe this will help?

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Last edited by tots5678; 05-08-2012 at 07:17 AM.
I will definitely try this. Thanks! :]
CG as of Feb. 2012
combination hair.
2c on top - low elasticity
3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
porosity: normal to high.
loves protein and moisture.
BSACV as needed.

products may vary. i'm a PJ.
loving Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks, and AS I Am.
You can do it, Tots5678! 2.5 more months is nothing! You may not even care for using heat much anymore when you try it again. I have not used it for many years, with a few exceptions of salon usage, or sitting in front of the space heater in the winter when I'm cold.
Formerly Urbancurl.
Medium-high density, fine-medium, low-normal porosity, 3b/c, permanent color.
CG, no heat, combs, brushes, parabens.
Fall/Winter HG=Alba Botanica Soft Hold Style Cream.
Spring/Summer HG=MGA Sculpting Gel
Current fave LI=Madre Labs Made by Nature for Baby Conditioner.
Limit oils, butters, glycerin.
I too have given myself a no heat challenge and that is 7 months as I figured that's how long it would take to grow to the length I want. I am 3 months in tomorrow and am doing well. I'm even thinking I may extend it past the 7 months just to see how long I go before I completely cave in and straighten it. Only time will tell though. Keep up your very good work. One year is a long time without heat. I'm just hoping I can do another 4 months!!
Shampoo: Herbal Essences Totally Twisted
Conditioner: Herbal Essences Totally Twisted
Leave in: Beyond the Zone Protein Cocktail
Curl cream: Beyond the Zone Noodle Head Kick Up Your Curls Cream
SOTC Product: Argan Oil
Hair Type:3A/B

Fine
Hair likes: Coconut Oil and protein, protein, protein
Not CG just doing what works for me
I guess using a hooded dryer counts as heat. I have really flat ironed my hair in a while though. I usually air dry my hair and when I do use a hooded dryer its for a wet set. Anyway I may not be apart on the no challenge , but I'll do no flat ironing for 6-12 mnths.

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Still loving my curls and kinks!
Products I love:
Ion Dandruff/Seborrheic Dermatitis Tar Shampoo
Suave Shea Butter Conditioner
Biolage Scalp Therapy Shampoo
Biolage Fortify Therapy Shampoo
Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner
Shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, apricot oil, peppermint oil, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil
I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only one going through a heat styling ban who is tempted by my flat irons.
I set myself the new years resolution of using no heat for a year and a half - basically until I've finished uni. My last relaxer was almost 4 years ago, but the last two years I rarely wore it out curly, and instead had it in braids during my transitioning stage, then sew in and sew in last year. It's left the front of my 3c/4a hair constantly wavey (at best) so I decided to embrace my curls and do the whole natural hair thing the right way this time..
Now my hairs longer I feel a lot more confident doing wash and gos, and have found henna has stretched my curls out enough for my hair to remain looking long even when it's dry. I'm bsl now so here's hoping I'm down to waist length when I'm done.
What's your length target? And have you been taking any supplements/protective styling or anything to gain the best results? Stay strong fellow curly, you're so close!
3C/4A normal porosity, extreeeemely dense half Nigerian, half European hair
Holy Grail Products
Pre-Poo - Vatika oil
Shampoo - Jessicurl Cleansing Cream
Conditioner - Jessicurl Too Shea/ Darcy's Botanicals Pumpkin seed Conditioner
Sealer - Olive Oil
Leave in - KCKT / Curl Junkie's Smoothing Lotion
Styling Products - KCCC or Jane Carter's Curl Defining Creme
I love this challenge. It encouraged me to try a baby challenge like this, maybe 6 months without it. I might purchase a wig if I get bored . My friend did a BC in August and she hasn't straighten her hair since. She has worn weaves for special occasions but other then that she is on your same boat. Her hair was a TWA and now it stretches to her shoulders!! This is an awesome post, thanks for sharing!!!
Thanks to everyone for your encouragement & sharing your journeys!

This really helps me to know that I can hang on if some of you have gone without straightening for years! I've had a relaxer since I was 8 years old I'm now 35 and was so used to straight hair. I have heard a lot of curlies say they no longer liked the straight hair & missed the volume of their curls.

I do hope that will be the same way that I will feel! Especially since my natural hair is about 3 times thicker than my hair was with a relaxer! That some work! Lol!

To answer some questions:

I've mainly been wearing wash n goes & no protective styling since I bc'd after transitioning with protective styles for a year.

I've been taking a multi vitamin along with Biotin & MSM & drinking lots of water for about 2-3 months now to help strengthen my hair from shedding & breakage.

My ultimate goal is to grow my hair to tailbone length. My hair has never been that long before so it will be am amazement to me if I can. The longest has been mid back length for me as a kid.

My short term goal is BSL by 2 years natural which will be December 22nd 2012!

Right now when I pull my curls & stretch my hair to see length, I'm just past my shoulders. Hoping to gain another inch or so by the end of August when I straighten!


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Last edited by tots5678; 05-08-2012 at 07:38 AM.
I'm like beeduh and my fine hair needs a diffuser for some extra curl definition and volume. However, on May 12th it will be 5 months since I last straightened my hair. I'm trying to go at least a year without straightening my hair, but lately it has been really tempting to go back to straightening.
2a/b(?) F i

Last straightened my hair on 12/9/11 and I have been officially sulfate and cone free since 12/12/11!

Low Poo: Organix Coconut Milk or GTTTT
Conditioner (RO/LI): Tresseme Naturals Nourishing Moisture

Products I experiment with:Biotera Curl Creme and Styling Gel, Deva Mister Right, LALSG, Deva Arc Angel, Beyond the Zone Noodle Head Curl Mouse

Likes: Plopping, Scrunch n Pump, Diffusing (sometimes)
I'm like beeduh and my fine hair needs a diffuser for some extra curl definition and volume. However, on May 12th it will be 5 months since I last straightened my hair. I'm trying to go at least a year without straightening my hair, but lately it has been really tempting to go back to straightening.
Originally Posted by curly_em
I don't really have an urge to straighten it cause it takes way too long even for my short hair. I did straighten it upon request after I cut it it last month.
CG as of Feb. 2012
combination hair.
2c on top - low elasticity
3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
porosity: normal to high.
loves protein and moisture.
BSACV as needed.

products may vary. i'm a PJ.
loving Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks, and AS I Am.
My other concerns are... What if my hair hasn't grown as much as I want/expected?

What if by straightening I mess up my curl pattern? I don't want heat damage but I know that me straightening one day is inevitable.


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I really don't know how much 1 straightening session can damage hair. But if the only reason you want to straighten is to check the length, can't you just stretch your hair to measure it instead?
Formerly Urbancurl.
Medium-high density, fine-medium, low-normal porosity, 3b/c, permanent color.
CG, no heat, combs, brushes, parabens.
Fall/Winter HG=Alba Botanica Soft Hold Style Cream.
Spring/Summer HG=MGA Sculpting Gel
Current fave LI=Madre Labs Made by Nature for Baby Conditioner.
Limit oils, butters, glycerin.
Be mindful of how much heat you use. I usually use a low heat on my blow dryer and my flat iron gets hot. I always deep treat with a protein and moisturizing condish afterwards. But know the first rinse might mean you will still have straight wet hair.
Thank you... Good tips!!

I still have until the end of Aug. I'm trying to be patient. Lol!

I see some who experience no issues & some who experience issues even with one straightening. I will certainly use caution on my heat as you suggested! Thank you again!

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I'm planning on going till my 16th birthday, 12/23/2013. Any tips on how to stay strong and stay heat free
I'm planning on going till my 16th birthday, 12/23/2013. Any tips on how to stay strong and stay heat free
Originally Posted by marikaski
Experiment with different hairstyles & different products so that you don't get bored. Watch some YouTube videos of people with the type & length of hair that is similar as well as those who have grown there hair out. Most of the Yourubers that I watch & admire their length rarely
use heat if any at all. Everyday that you think about straightening think about your goal of length and curl retention, your goal of healthier hair, as well as possible heat damage! I believe the pay off is worth it! Just keep your goal in mind. It will be over before you know it!

Now that I'm coming up on the end of my no heat challenge, I am thinking about continuing the challenge & not straightening. I will keep you all posted!

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