03-18-2011, 12:41 AM
Join Date: Sep 2010
The decision to big chop or transition is very personal. I don't think one is "better" or "easier" than the other. That said heat damage isn't reversible and it seems like you're not expecting a miraculous transformation, which is realistic. It's a matter of choosing whether you'll cut off the damaged hair now or later when there's sufficient new hair growth.
How long has it been since you stopped heat styling? If you adopt a healthy hair regimen, over time your curl pattern will improve as much as it's capable
given the heat damage...which might be little.
Whatever you decide to do, send the flat irons etc on vacation and follow a good hair care routine. Look for hair cleansers without sulfates and harsh surfactants. Educate yourself on hair ingredients and healthy hair care so you can adapt things to suit your
hair and be a smart consumer.
For me, the Live Curly Live Free site
has been helpful with information on how to care for my hair. The curly articles here are also very helpful and so are the members.
Above all, be patient. The good hair days will come.
Med-fine texture, med/high porosity. BC 9/22/11. Hard H2O
Pre-poo: Coconut oil (sometimes)
Weekly Shampoo: QH Royal Curl Shampoo, Shea Moisture, Dessert Essence
Condish: Sauve Naturals Coconut, Vo5, CJ BS, CJ CAS.
Leave In: Knot Today, CJ CCCC Lite,
Gel: Kinky Curly CC, CJ Pattern Pusha
Treament: CJ DF Banana Hibiscus, CJ Repair Me
SOTC: Jojoba oil