Heat Damage Transition

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I'm having a hard time finding tips that relate to newly naturals (like myself ) transitioning from heat damage, it seems like most naturals are transitioning from relaxers. And I'm not sure the tips that are recommended for those transitioners would work on my hair.

Has anybody transitioned or know somebody that has transitioned from heat damage?

What did you or that person do to make your journey a little easier?
Started my journey September 8th, 2013
High Density, 3C Curls, Fine-Medium Strands, Normal- Low elasticity, LP- porous
Current Hair-length: APL (straight)
Hair-length Goal: AP length when curly
Still trying to figure out my curly hair needs & regimen
"Confidence Is Beautiful"
I transitioned from heat damage & relaxers simultaneously. I spent years straightening my hair with chemicals and, daily, with straighteners, so I feel your pain!

Damaged hair is prone to breakage, so needs to be reaaaaaaally taken care of. So, really, the biggest tip is to baby your hair and, as is a saying among curlies, 'treat it like a cashmere sweater'.

What I found worked best for me when recovering from heat damage (which I suppose I still am now) were:
Pre-poos with coconut oil (leaving the oil on overnight for a treatment).
Deep conditioning once per week.
Finger-detangling only, to avoid breakage that can be caused by combs / brushes.
Not manipulating my hair - I know a lot of people do protective styling, but I'm more for just leaving my hair alone and not pulling on it / messing with it too much.
Cutting off my damaged ends - big chopping (or even just regular, small trims) isn't just useful for transitioning from relaxers, but is great for transitioning from heat damage, because you're slowly cutting off the damaged hair and stopping any split ends from travelling up the hair shaft.

I hope that helps a little I'm sure the others will have more advice to give!
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3A with some 3B thrown in. Medium porosity. Medium Thickness. High density.

Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: SM Coconut & Hibiscus shampoo / ElastaQP Créme Conditioning shampoo
Conditioner: Jason Moisturising Aloe Vera Conditioner

D/C: Experimenting!

Leave-in: Baptism rinse
Styler: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
Thank you! I would try finger detangling off and on but I'm not that patient of a person lol, I'll stick to just finger detangling from now
Started my journey September 8th, 2013
High Density, 3C Curls, Fine-Medium Strands, Normal- Low elasticity, LP- porous
Current Hair-length: APL (straight)
Hair-length Goal: AP length when curly
Still trying to figure out my curly hair needs & regimen
"Confidence Is Beautiful"
Hey! I was thinking the same thing when reading through the threads! I have never used chemical relaxers or anything like that but I have been straightening my hair with the blow dryer, straightening iron, and even big curling iron my entire life (I'm now 24). I think my hair used to be 3b/3c when I was younger but now it looks more like 3b.

I just started to transition 13 days ago by completely getting rid of the heat and changing my diet and hair routine. I take a daily women's vitamin, Biotin, Vitamin C, Vitamin B, and Zinc daily and I added tons of fruits and veggies to my diet. I am thinking of purchasing the Tranistioning Kit they have in the CurlMart. Also, I haven't found a good mousse or styling product but the conditioner I really like is a tea tree sulfate free organic one. It seems to work okay. My hair is pretty soft but I have trouble getting curl definition and I am still unable to do my hair on the "second day" without wetting and conditioning it.

Maybe we could share progress and info we learn as we go through the transition?
Hello! I transitioned from heat damage 3 years ago So I know exactly what your going through! The thing is it's something that everyone goes through....curly, straight and coily haired! The only thing I found that helped was just regular trims at the rate of growth!

Once most of the dead hair is trimmed off, your can probably try to restore the remainder with a good protein treatment like Aphogee? Taren 916 did some really good videos on transitioning from heat damage! She was literally my go to when I was transitioning from heat damage
I feel like some of the worst parts when I started out are now super curly! They look a little 3B/Cish (my hair is 4a)! So I'm definitely seeing progress but there's some pieces that are frizzy and still straight I don't want to big chop but these pieces aren't making any progress it seems
Started my journey September 8th, 2013
High Density, 3C Curls, Fine-Medium Strands, Normal- Low elasticity, LP- porous
Current Hair-length: APL (straight)
Hair-length Goal: AP length when curly
Still trying to figure out my curly hair needs & regimen
"Confidence Is Beautiful"
If you're seeing your curl pattern return then theres no need to big chop just sounds like it was a little sensitized rather than damaged. True heat damage is when the strands stay straight and then just break off lol it's what I went through 3 years ago! A good protein treatment should do the trick!
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Thank The Lord! I was so scared, thank you!
Started my journey September 8th, 2013
High Density, 3C Curls, Fine-Medium Strands, Normal- Low elasticity, LP- porous
Current Hair-length: APL (straight)
Hair-length Goal: AP length when curly
Still trying to figure out my curly hair needs & regimen
"Confidence Is Beautiful"
I cut out my heat damage. IMO that all you can do.
Ah that's amazing news! My hair doesn't break it's just straighter in some areas due to the constant straightening iron and blow dryer and curling iron heat. But I didn't do that to my hair every day it was more like once a week. It's also pretty soft but the curls aren't defined and it won't stay nice down yet. So it's good to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel lol!


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Curl Type: in transition so can't be too sure; thinking 3B
Porosity: In transition right now low at root, normal mid shaft, and high on the ends
Texture: Coarse (medium)
Kinking Present (mostly subtle and gradual only have macro in the really coarse areas)
Length: Shoulder Bob with layers

Shampoo: Nature's Gate Tea Tree Sulfate Free

Conditioner: RO Tressemme Naturals
Giovanni 50:50

Leave-In: Giovanni Direct Leave-In
Gel: Aussie Sprunch Mousse/Leave-In
I disagree hair needs to be breaking to have heat damage, straightness alone that won't revert is a clear sign as it hair breaking off yet still being naturally curly. Damage is not all or nothing, healthy or fried, it is a spectrum.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
Hair can't be repaired when it's truly damaged, but there is a lot you can do to protect the hair cortex before it reaches the damaged stage. Straightness is a warning sign, even dryness is just a warning sign, there's so much you can do to save hair before it gets to the point of no return.

I've done a few videos on protein treatments and over my 3 years of being natural it's amazing just how many problems can be fixed with just injecting some protein back into the strands. When you have heat damage, it's important to rebuild the keratin structure as straightness is a sign that the bonds are starting to break, doing an acv rinse after will help to seal the cuticle and keep the protein in place.

Whilst you can't repair damaged hair, you can maintain it for months/years until you're ready to cut it off. Sorry to do some shameless plugging here, but I've done a few videos on the miracle of protein, my YouTube channel is called The Curly Cockney, take a look!

Hope this helps!
That is very helpful and I'll definitely take a look at your youtube channel! I was thinking of getting the It's a 10 Miracle Leave in Conditioner Plus Keratin for daily protein treatment. Do you suggest anything different?
That is very helpful and I'll definitely take a look at your youtube channel! I was thinking of getting the It's a 10 Miracle Leave in Conditioner Plus Keratin for daily protein treatment. Do you suggest anything different?
Originally Posted by hcook5528
The Aphogee Two Step Treatment is excellent! I also use a lo of Redken CAT too x
I just watched some of your videos! I just subscribed
Started my journey September 8th, 2013
High Density, 3C Curls, Fine-Medium Strands, Normal- Low elasticity, LP- porous
Current Hair-length: APL (straight)
Hair-length Goal: AP length when curly
Still trying to figure out my curly hair needs & regimen
"Confidence Is Beautiful"
I just watched some of your videos! I just subscribed
Originally Posted by Zippytatiana9
Aww thank you! I hope you find them helpful . Just remember hair is dead, it can't be repaired. So if you find your hair springing back into curls after a period of being straight, it could never have been truly damaged to begin with, as it can't be repaired....if that makes sense? lol

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