Anyone ever tempted to go straight for the coldest weather?

Hey, curly friends,

I've been CG for more than a decade now, and love my curls. In the summertime, I have to cowash them every other day to keep them from coiling up tight like Roseanne Rosannadanna's! But in the wintertime, they lose their curl easily. Because I'm low porosity, they take a long time to dry, and it's hard to do in a cold house. Lately I've been washing just once a week, deep conditioning every time (either a moisture treatment or a protein followed by moisture) and my hair is stick straight on top with some nice waves on the bottom by day four. Not what I'd choose, but basically fine.

My question is: Does anyone ever blow dry once a week during the coldest months just to get through this part of the year? In some ways, I feel like it'd be easier -- I wouldn't be cold waiting for my hair to dry, and it'd just be straight, so every day I wouldn't be like, "Hmm, I wonder what hair I'm going to have today." But my assumption is that even if I just did this for a month or six weeks, it would really damage my hair -- which I've been working hard to grow.

I guess I could just use some encouragement to stick with it. (Or a success story or two from someone who straightens occasionally and hasn't destroyed his/her hair!)
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why don't you diffuse it til it's mostly dry, then let if finish air drying. it does get cold as your roots are still wet. i don't think diffusing partly dry will do any damage at all. lots of curlies do.
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Im guilty. I staightened my hair for the first time the other day in over 2 years!! I was very careful to not have excess heat damage and plan on doing a 2 day deep treatment when i wash to recover but with it being so cold and dry i wanted a little change and to see how long my hair was straight.

I think if you blow dried consistently in the winter even just for a few months the damage would build up but if you straighten your hair once or twice, use heart protection and deep t after, it wont be so bad.

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How about using CLU towels or cotton tee shirt to scrunch out some of the water and then diffuse for a few minutes. It makes a BIG difference for my low porosity hair in dry time.
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I've given in to that temptation, especially when I'm sick. Last October I was battling a cold for 2 weeks and one day stupidly left the house with still-damp hair. It wasn't even wet, just barely damp. I didn't make it far before deciding to go home and rest (instead of going to work), and that night I flat ironed my hair so it would be dry and easy to deal with the next day when I went to the office.

Even if I diffuse, my hair and roots still give me a chill when my hair hits the cold air, and I live in San Francisco where it doesn't get nearly as cold as some areas of the country.

This fall and winter season I've taken to doing my hair at night, letting it dry all the way (or at least 95%) and then either pinneappling or putting it in a satin bonnet to sleep. The next day it still looks pretty good, but more importantly to me it's dry.

I'd say straightening it frequently in the winter is bound to cause damage, especially since the air is already dry in most places.
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Yeah, when it gets really cold definitely. My hair takes forever to dry and I cannot stand having wet hair in the cold, and if I try to speed up drying it turns into a frizzy mess, so I heat style.
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For me going curly in the summer is easy, it is so humid and hot that it doesn't stay that straight anyway. In the winter months is when I flat iron my hair if I am going to do it but usually I will only do it 2-3 times. If you don't do it too much and you are careful it should be okay.
I'm from Miami, and spent a month in NYC for the holidays. I have to admit I broke down, bought a brush and blow dried my hair straight every week. I tried so hard to wear it curly but my products did nothing. I was a slave to my hair, and inevitably it looked awful by mid afternoon. I'm all for embracing my curls but quality of life is important too, lol.
Thanks for all these replies. I worry that with fine fine hair (I've got lots of it, but the strands are crazy fine) the flat iron may just toast it. I like the idea of washing at night -- though there's still the problem of it being cold in the house! Maybe I can try diffusing again. My hair tends to get big (not in the good way) fast, but I can try to be more careful than in the past . . . Thanks for your input!
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CG for 10+ years!
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Rinse-out: CJ Argan/Olive, Regis Olive Oil, something by Giovanni?
DT: CJ Hair Rehab, CJ Repair Me
Leave-in: CJ CCCC Lite
Styling: Deva Styling Lotion (HG!!)
why don't you diffuse it til it's mostly dry, then let if finish air drying. it does get cold as your roots are still wet. i don't think diffusing partly dry will do any damage at all. lots of curlies do.
Originally Posted by rbb
That's what I do
It's very cold here right now (Midwest), and I'm having plumbing trouble (leaky pipe), so I just blew mine dry today. Usually I diffuse about 80%, but it's just too cold to let that wet hair stick to my neck for the hour or so it will take to fully dry.

However, I'm just a 2, so in winter cold, I'm not that wavy anyway. Well, not without effort, at least.

I don't note any damage.

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I've given in to that temptation, especially when I'm sick. Last October I was battling a cold for 2 weeks and one day stupidly left the house with still-damp hair. It wasn't even wet, just barely damp. I didn't make it far before deciding to go home and rest (instead of going to work), and that night I flat ironed my hair so it would be dry and easy to deal with the next day when I went to the office.

Even if I diffuse, my hair and roots still give me a chill when my hair hits the cold air, and I live in San Francisco where it doesn't get nearly as cold as some areas of the country.

This fall and winter season I've taken to doing my hair at night, letting it dry all the way (or at least 95%) and then either pinneappling or putting it in a satin bonnet to sleep. The next day it still looks pretty good, but more importantly to me it's dry.

I'd say straightening it frequently in the winter is bound to cause damage, especially since the air is already dry in most places.
Originally Posted by creativelicense
Oh my goodness, yes, my hair gets so dry in the Bay Area. You'd think it wouldn't be because there's probably more moisture in the air than in Socal. But those biting winds, I shiver just thinking about them. My friend is actually moving there and she couldn't understand what was happening to her poor hair. I'll probably have to send her an email about sealing and deep treating later.

Straightening frequently in cold weather is bound to make the hair dry and brittle, I'm sure. But once in a while isn't so big a deal. I plan to limit my straightening excursions to a maximum of once every three months from now on. At least until I can get my porosity and elasticity in check. (I'm so hoping I can improve them.)
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I have given up on curls during the very cold, windy weather. I don't have time to wet and dry every day which is damaging anyway and I have to wear a close fitting thick wool hat which smashes them.

I do a roller set. I use a hair dryer and also let it air dry and it takes hours but it lasts 5 days!

I definitely prefer the curls because they are more youthful and snappy looking but I just can't do curly in this weather.
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I live in North Carolina and the weather here can have a lot of up and downs....very mild days in the 60's and 70's and then WHOOOMP a big cold snap! Even so, my fine 2a waves can be very precarious and I've definitely been tempted to straighten. The good thing is, I discovered last year I can do kind of a "fake"straight. After I finish washing my hair, I simply don't start scrunching. Instead I just wrap it in my towel and leave it for a bit. Then I take it out and gently comb it, add some mousse, and dry on the cool setting while finger brushing my hair through. It's not as neat and stylish as when I blow it out with heat and brushes and then flat iron it but I figure it's a lot less damaging and I usually end up putting it up in a pony or bun anyway. But winter can totally be rough with us fine haired wavies!!!!
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