Flat iron DAMAGE

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 ombré 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.


Curly hair 2-3 summers ago

Ombré hair

Loose curls now

A few days ago after I cut a few inches but before I finalized my big chop
Make sure you use a good quality flat iron and use a deep conditioning treatment like Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Treatment kit to revive and hydrate your hair.
Originally Posted by askvivi
Thanks for the tip! I'll look into the Argan Oil hair treatment!
The same thing happened to me we have very similar stories. I became too friendly with my straightener and my hair got damaged. It used to be halfway down my back like yours was when it was curly and now its just a little past my shoulders. Now, I dont even bother straightening my hair and I wear it natural slowly, but surely my curls are coming back. If you decide to wear it curly, make sure its well hydrated you might need to start doing deep conditioning to your hair to keep it bearable and soft. Good luck getting your curls back. Remember, It takes time so be patient and you should soon see results.
The same thing happened to me we have very similar stories. I became too friendly with my straightener and my hair got damaged. It used to be halfway down my back like yours was when it was curly and now its just a little past my shoulders. Now, I dont even bother straightening my hair and I wear it natural slowly, but surely my curls are coming back. If you decide to wear it curly, make sure its well hydrated you might need to start doing deep conditioning to your hair to keep it bearable and soft. Good luck getting your curls back. Remember, It takes time so be patient and you should soon see results.
Originally Posted by JadasCurlies
Wow thank you so much! You definitely just gave me a ton of hope! Since my big chop I have washed my hair about 3 times and every time I'm noticing more curl definition. Every time I wash (no-poo) I follow up with a deep conditioner and my hair loves it! Most of the conditioner is soaked up by my hair before I even rinse! It's amazing!


My hair NOW - post big chop
Make sure you use a good quality flat iron and use a deep conditioning treatment like Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Treatment kit to revive and hydrate your hair.
Originally Posted by askvivi
Thanks for the tip! I'll look into the Argan Oil hair treatment!
Originally Posted by SuheyCita
+1, I love pro naturals. And argan oil is my holy grail, lol.

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