Before I get into the details of my previous hair missteps, let me start by saying my particular routine (and path to this point, and so on) is not for every one. Not everybody wants to wear their natural hair in protective styles the majority of the time. Not everyone wants to go the route of mostly natural products. There are plenty of people who are what we call “straight-hair naturals”. And they do it beautifully. My natural hair straightened is more beautiful than my relaxed hair every was.
With that out of the way, if purely healthy hair is your goal and you are looking to minimize damage from heat, excessive styling, etc…take a gander at the following and at least learn from my past mistakes. Why eff up when I’ve already done it for you??
Every single picture in this post presents evidence of heat damage (didn’t really know it at the time though). Take a sec to look at my texture in these photos vs my texture in any other pic on the blog. You’ll quickly see the difference.
Every where you see hair that is remotely straight…heat damage.
Twists that would unravel…heat damage.
Curls and coils that appeared much looser back then versus my kinks now…heat damage.
One more note before the photos: my conclusion that I suffered heat damaged is largely from me knowing my hair now. I am not saying it’s not possible to have looser hair, or smoother textures on the same head of hair. I possess those now, even in my days of fully healthy hair. I just want to show comparison pics of my hair then vs. now for examples. I guess I’m trying to avoid all those “well, my hair is blah, blah, blah.” This blog is about me people.