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Old 05-01-2012, 08:35 AM   #1
 
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Default Anyone Transitioned to Natural Hair with using heat?

I'm curious if any ladies used heat on a regular basis while they were going natural. I only straightened my hair twice in 3 months. I find I get less shedding when my hair is straight. My ends also look better. I usually air dry my roller sets and do a blow out. Or I flat iron on a lower setting. I get pretty good results. Please let me know if anyone was successful with using heat on their hair while transitioning.
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:06 AM   #2
 
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Teehee I see your creeping back to the dark side lol JK.

I've been so bad I flat ironed my hair april 14th and now again april 30th. I haven't even done the rollerset like I said I would because my hair is so uneven is a chore. I'm just watching the heat temp, using it at 350-370 degrees. Good news is my natural hair is curly right back up nicely, so I will continue to flat iron if I choose to and just be sure to wrap and moisturize ends and hope for the best!
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:54 AM   #3
 
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I haven't flat ironed my hair in a year. But I just roller set air dry and do a blow out to me it's less heat. My roots reverted back when wet or product is applied. I feel like I'm losing a lot of hair now. My hair tangled and cutting tangles is not fun . My ends are usually dry after a braid out. Out of the two times I used heat my hair didn't shed as much. I'll probably use heat every 2 weeks
I'm done with braid outs though too much manipulation. When I protective style, I'm sticking to buns
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:58 AM   #4
 
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And girl life is too short for these hair can and can nots. If you want to flat iron do it! As long as you're not damaging your hair. I recommend alter ego conditioners. Very moisturizing. I want to be natural but that doesn't mean I have to drop using heat. My hair works better with roller sets, blow out, and wrapping. I don't have time to be Detangling and cutting knots out of my hair everyday
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:26 AM   #5
 
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Hi @hippiedoll!

Yes, I used heat during my transition to natural on a regular based. That actually had a different effect on my hair than yours. My hair shed and broke off a lot when I flat ironed it regularly. My bf wld complain abt hair being everywhere. I wld do roller sets but my roots wldn't be as straight as I'd like.

I say transition as u see fit. I didn't want to big chop so heat styling was my alternative. Once I got enough length to be able to cut the relaxed ends off...I didn't hv to heat style any more. I don't see any breakage now that I do the CG method.

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Old 05-03-2012, 08:26 AM   #6
 
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I only used heat on my hair twice since I began transitioning. I'm 3 months post. My hair doesn't shed with roller sets + blow out. Flat ironing yes. It makes my hair dry too. I haven't used it in a year. The braid outs I can't do anymore. I loose too much hair that way. I see a lot of hair than I normally do coming out and on the floor. I'm going to try rod sets to cut down on using heat every week/2 weeks
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:32 AM   #7
 
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I follow the CG method primarily. I get off it when I straighten my hair. I get what you're saying. I don't really have a hair preference. I style my hair according to mood. At the beginning of my transition, I stayed away from heat. I'm going to get a short cut to see if it cuts down on knots, tangles, and matting. But using heat is a option I'm open to now
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:54 AM   #8
 
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I flat iron regularly. Every 3 weeks. But lately ive been gettin into twist outs lately b/c in tha summer my hair poofs like crazy >______<. It seems fine b/c my hair is still growing nothing out of the usual though the longer you transition the harder it gets to straighten and make it last. For me it was because i live in ga with crazy weather. Sunny one minute raining the next. Environment plays a huge role. Just be sure to use a decent temperature,a good heat protectant,keep it moisturized,and wrap it at night.

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