How did you break free from your flat iron addiction/repair damage

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So I just finished my "big chop." I have been cutting my hair little by little for the past 2-3weeks and I just couldn't take it anymore. I finished chopping off MOST of my straight dead ends that were a result of heat damage from flat ironing & trying the ombrť hair trend. Now my hair is just past the shoulder (longest layer) where it reached mid way down my back when it was straightened before I began to cut away. I still have a few straight ends in the back but at this point it's nothing I can't conceal. Let me just say I have natural 3b curls and the flat iron has taken a toll on my curls and they're now 3a curls with slighter looser curls here and there. I RELIGIOUSLY USED a heat protector before my flat iron and deep conditioned after every wash not to mention I used the Apoghee protein treatments whenever I needed to repair my ends. I have however flat ironed my hair (after roller sets) weekly-2x a week for over 4yrs now so I can see how this affected my curl pattern and I'm even surprised I have any curl pattern at all. I'm never flat ironing my hair again and instead I'm a 100% CG following the CG method! LESSON LEARNED THE HARD WAY.


My healthy curls

Ombrť hair

Loose curls now

A few days ago after I cut a few inches but - before I finalized my big chop
aislin likes this.
I hear you!

I have 3b curls too and also went through a straightening phase that lasted about a year (where I straightened it everyday). I finished the year of hair damage by keeping my hair in a tight bun (soaked in hair gel) the entire summer I worked at camp....

I think what broke my straightening days was that I really wanted long curly hair (like lower back long) and for some reason it never occurred to me that how I treated my hair would affect the health of it or the growth (Iím a bit thick sometimes).

I went to a hairdresser at the end of last summer and the ends were so damaged she ended up cutting off about 2-3 inches (the entire time commenting about how damaging straightening is). At that point I made a promise to myself: I was not going to straighten my hair for an entire year AND the only thing I was going to use in my hair (from that point on) was going to be leave in conditioners.

It has been the best decision I have ever made for my hair.

I also made a couple other changes as well. I always had washed my hair 3 times a week (if not everyday) because my scalp always got itchy and I thought that was cause it needed cleaned. WRONG! What I discovered was that sulfates actually irritated my scalp so I switched to sulfate free shampoo and silicone free conditioner. I also started washing only my scalp (and letting the shampoo clean go through my hair as it rinsed off).

Itís been nearly a year now (2 months to go!) and my hair has never been healthier. I dampen it in the morning (regular old Wal-Mart spray bottle), comb it with a wide-tooth comb, and put LíOreal Ever Sleek conditioner in it. Done. My hair is shiny, bouncy soft etc. I have no frizz, no split-ends, and no random breaking.

Now, I donít think straightners or flatirons are evil. I think itís fine to do it every now and than (change it up a bit!). But now that my hair is healthy, I love it being curly, and I honestly canít see myself straightening it much at all much less going back to doing it nearly every day!

Haha I pretty much wrote a novel. Hope it helped though!
aislin likes this.
It took a lot of time of growing out hair, going through various phases, and coming to terms with my natural hair again.

I dyed my hair platinum blonde a year before I found this website and I loved to straighten it at least once weekly. Then I started growing my hair out because the breakage was so awful. When I found this website a year later and went CG, it made a huge difference in how healthy my hair was. 6 months later I BC'ed because I wanted short hair. 8 months after that and various cuts that only left my hair worse and too short when I was trying to grow it out, I decided to use what I thought would be a low manipulation technique (because I would have minimal heat styling as opposed to styling either wavy (diffuser) or straight (blow dry/flat iron) to grow it out and because I wanted straight hair- I Japanese straightened it. My hair was in great shape for about three months - and then I had a lot of breakage because I STILL had to flat iron it to get it straight as it got longer - not my new growth, but the parts that were actually relaxed still. That gave me a lot of time to have the straight hair I was addicted to, and I got really sick of it. I started wanting my waves back, and remembered how fun it could look when it was natural.

I haven't straightened my hair in... three months maybe. And the last time I did it I got sick of it the moment I was finished styling it and washed it out the next day. I think long, straight hair still looks nicer on me than my natural hair, but my natural hair is.... well, me and that's something I accept now and celebrate. I think really, it comes down to self acceptance. Especially in my case, where I've hated my hair my whole life up until the past few years.
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Wurly, fine, thin, moderately to heavily porous. Mod CG.

Wow! Thanks Puffff and aislin for sharing your hair experiences with me! It sucks that alot of us have to learn how to come to terms with what nature has given us through the hard way but once we do its for the better and we appreciate the struggle its taken us to have gorgeous healthy hair again. I wish someone had told me the consequences of flat ironing regularly and that's why I feel like I need to tell every curly girl now to cherish and protect their locks! HAHA! Its taken this experience for me to accept my curls.. SADLY, but I do have a new love and perspective for not just my own hair but for all of us blessed with curls. I will continue to post my hair journey as I nurse my curls back to health.
aislin likes this.
I stopped cold turkey about a month ago when I decided I want to grow my hair out to donate


3A/B mix with flat roots dark blonde (refusing to call it brunette I miss my blonde baby hair) lovin my curls
rockin the curls God gave me.

Routine!
Shampoo n/a
Conditioner Vo5 Moisture Milks
Leave in Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Shower, comb, apply leave in and mousse in wet hair then scrunch out the water and sometimes.
Second day, Wake up mist with water and smooth Shea Moisture Curl enhancing smoothie over hair
I stopped cold turkey about a month ago when I decided I want to grow my hair out to donate


3A/B mix with flat roots dark blonde (refusing to call it brunette I miss my blonde baby hair) lovin my curls
Originally Posted by crazycurlychick
Wow! That's amazing! Such a great cause! I can imagine how happy it will make a girl to have gorgeous hair again. I applaud you for your efforts!
After thinking about it for a year and having cancer survivors in my family and some who lost the battle I decided I need to do this. I just finished my sophomore year of high school I plan to donate my hair at the end of my senior year


3A/B mix with flat roots dark blonde (refusing to call it brunette I miss my blonde baby hair) lovin my curls
rockin the curls God gave me.

Routine!
Shampoo n/a
Conditioner Vo5 Moisture Milks
Leave in Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Shower, comb, apply leave in and mousse in wet hair then scrunch out the water and sometimes.
Second day, Wake up mist with water and smooth Shea Moisture Curl enhancing smoothie over hair
After thinking about it for a year and having cancer survivors in my family and some who lost the battle I decided I need to do this. I just finished my sophomore year of high school I plan to donate my hair at the end of my senior year


3A/B mix with flat roots dark blonde (refusing to call it brunette I miss my blonde baby hair) lovin my curls
Originally Posted by crazycurlychick
Ahh! High school days! After your hair journey it'll be such a cool change after you graduate! I wish you luck!
After thinking about it for a year and having cancer survivors in my family and some who lost the battle I decided I need to do this. I just finished my sophomore year of high school I plan to donate my hair at the end of my senior year


3A/B mix with flat roots dark blonde (refusing to call it brunette I miss my blonde baby hair) lovin my curls
Originally Posted by crazycurlychick
Ahh! High school days! After your hair journey it'll be such a cool change after you graduate! I wish you luck!
Originally Posted by SuheyCita

Thanks!!! Yeah since I'm gonna go to a cosmetology school I'll probably get some funky artsy looking cut after I chop off most of the length for locks of love or wigs for kids I have a Sunday school teacher who is proud of me for planning on doing something so selfless.



3A/B mix with flat roots dark blonde (refusing to call it brunette I miss my blonde baby hair) lovin my curls
rockin the curls God gave me.

Routine!
Shampoo n/a
Conditioner Vo5 Moisture Milks
Leave in Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Shower, comb, apply leave in and mousse in wet hair then scrunch out the water and sometimes.
Second day, Wake up mist with water and smooth Shea Moisture Curl enhancing smoothie over hair
I have 4a type hair and flat iron once every four months. One time I flat ironed two times in one week and let me tell you my tips were FRIED so I just cut them off. Thank god it was just the tips of my hair but I will never do that again and continue my regular flat ironing once every few months routine. I break from the urge to flat iron by looking at pics of beautiful curls and I immediately snap out of it.
aislin likes this.
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I have 4a type hair and flat iron once every four months. One time I flat ironed two times in one week and let me tell you my tips were FRIED so I just cut them off. Thank god it was just the tips of my hair but I will never do that again and continue my regular flat ironing once every few months routine. I break from the urge to flat iron by looking at pics of beautiful curls and I immediately snap out of it.
Originally Posted by bklyn_belle
Haha! That's an awesome way to fight the urge! I've been doing my share of curl obsessing lately too. Do any of your curls go limp after you flat iron now? Do you do any deep treatments once you go back to your curls?

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