February 12, 2017
I was in denial for quite some time. Heat damage was something that I heard other people got from using too much heat like flat ironing, curling irons, etc. that couldn’t or wasn’t happening to me…right. I hadn’t started doing anything differently with my hair. I applied the usual heat biweekly to straighten my hair; something I did for years. Well, unfortunately, it did happen to me. I remember the day I realized it and did something about the situation.
August 3, 2013, I was looking in the bathroom mirror after I washed my hair and confirmed my curls were actually gone. It wasn’t a figment of my imagination; my curls were shot…no longer there and I was devastated. You may ask, what caused them to disappear. Well, I went to a hair salon (name I will not mention) to get my hair straightened. I didn’t think to much about the process of how they were doing my hair. They washed and conditioned it, gave me a blow out and flat ironed my hair; it looked great. A week or so later, I washed my hair and noticed that my hair was looking a little peculiar. I still did not think much about it, I thought maybe I did not wash it good enough. Yes…so much denial. Anyway, as time went on the curls never returned, but I thought…oh they’ll come back with a little TLC. Well needless to say, they never returned.
So, the night of August 3, 2013 I cut my hair. I needed to get my hair healthy again.
Yep, I cut off about 5 to 6 inches of hair; my feelings were hurt. After that I started washing and deep conditioning my hair weekly. Once a month, I would do a protein treatment and I would put henna in my hair. I did not go out and buy every product on the shelf, I used what I had to keep it moisturized; olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil, and water.
After 3 1/2 years, I have gotten back the 5 to 6 inches I cut and more.