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Second big chop might be necessary after stylist fries hair **Update! Big chop completed!!**

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*****UPDATE*****

This story was originally posted on December 8, 2009. Tanesha, a professional model, dealt with some serious hair damage on the job and was on the fence about whether big chop again. Well she went ahead and did it and it’s gorgeous! Check it out…

I have attached a few photos to show you what measures I went to in order to get back the much desired afro haha.

I went in to see a good friend of mine who owns a salon here in Austin. He was horrified by what happened to my hair to say the least. It was at his salon that I had my first big chop. Anyway…he was more than excited to go at it with the clippers lol. Most stylists LOVE chopping off women’s hair and he is no exception.

The photos speak for themselves but I would like to add that getting my hair buzzed was one of the most liberating things I have ever done. It takes some getting used to (seeing myself with almost no hair) however, I would rather see these teeny weeny curls than that mess of a coif you guys saw the last time I let you in to my little world of hair trauma.

I must say though, it is nice having to do pretty much nothing to my hair in the mornings. I do miss my all night hair twisting marathons but they will soon return 🙂 At least these baby curls are a reminder of what was and what is possible with patience patience patience.

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This story was submitted by BGLHer Tanesha, a professional model.

Hi BGLH!

I love your blog and I have learned so much from you all and all of the members that contribute to it. I went natural about 9 months ago and grew my hair to about 5 inches during that time. My natural hair is tightly coiled and springy. I love love love it!

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A few days ago, I had to go to a reputable salon to have my hair prepped for a photo shoot, as I am a professional model. Before I went natural I had relaxed hair with extensions. This looked good but it was rather boring. On my own, without any guidance from my agencies I removed my extensions and chopped off my relaxed hair! This was a personal decision and it is one of the best things that I have ever done.

My agencies and clients were skeptical at first, haha, of course. There was a lot of.…“What did you do to your hair?!” I fixed it, that was not my hair before. sigh…well. To make a long story short I had to get my hair flat ironed and they wanted to add extensions as well.

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The stylist used a heat setting that was waaaay too hot for my hair. Now, my hair is fried and looks processed. My hair has been washed and deep conditioned with sad results. My curl pattern is so weak that it is almost non existent. 

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She is not admitting to her mistake in any way. She flat ironed my hair not once but twice that day. I know I should not have allowed this looking back. But I trusted her judgement as a professional stylist

I fear that I will have to do a big chop all over again and that this past year of transitioning and stellar hair care has all been washed down the drain.

Any advice you have would be so appreciated. I went online and looked up the validity of her cosmetology license and it is EXPIRED. I have taken steps to reconcile this matter with the board of cosmetology in my state (Texas).

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I directed Tanesha to an article J wrote on heat damage a few months back. (Click HERE.) Jc of natural hair science blog The Natural Haven also has a great article on heat damage HERE.

Unfortunately the effects of heat damage are irreversible. Still, Tanesha wanted her article posted as a warning to others.

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Kii
Kii
10 years ago

Oh my thats just horrible. This is exactly why Im horrified to let anybody near my hair. Ever since I went natural i havent allowed anyone to do my hair.…I dunno its wierd.I would definitely suggest doin the big chop. That woman should never be allowed to do hair again!! Good luck Tanesha!!

Z
Z
10 years ago

Aww, hun!! Poofy and I send hugs, that’s terrible! =( I want to jump that stylist in a back parking lot and do mean things to her hair. If you have to BC, just know that it’ll be okay in the end. Imagine if you’d been growing your hair for like three years, then that happened. Keep us updated on what happens in the end, you know we’re all here for you. ((hug))

Alice
10 years ago

Try a LOT of deep conditioners and protein treatments. There looks like there is a lot of heat damage, but you might be able to save some of it!

Good luck!

Alice
http://diaryofakinkycurlytransitioner.wordpress.com/

Bajan Princess82
Bajan Princess82
10 years ago

I had some self-inflicted heat damage after the purchase of a new flat iron a few years ago. I had heat damage on top of color damage. I’ve never been one for short hair, so I just let it grow out. Now the heat damage and the old color is gone,and its like I have a new head of hair. It took me about 2–3 yrs, but I just couldn’t chop off my hair.

If you feel like you just can’t take it, I guess you should cut it off again.

Fatty B.
10 years ago

I feel for u Tanesha! The same thing happened to my roommate recently. It was so sad seeing her cowash seven times to try and restore her texture 🙁 it’s disgusting to me how irresponsible some of these so called professionals are!!

Pam
Pam
10 years ago

How awful. Your beautiful curls are ruined. This is another reason why I stay away from so-called ‘stylist’ or ‘professionals’. They are a joke. This post has got me so upset because so-called ‘stylist’ have destroyed my hair time and time again. I haven’t been to a salon in 2 years and I don’t think I will ever step foot in one because of the abuse you have to put up with. Not just hair abuse, but the verbal abuse and not having any right to your own hair. You tell them one thing and they do the opposite. That… Read more »

Morgan
Morgan
10 years ago

i know someone who was in your situation & what prevented her from having to completely big chop again was protein treatments. she did one about twice maybe even three times a week for about a month & her hair did revert by the end of the month. she had to trim a bit of her hair but she definetly did not have to big chop again.

TheAmazon
TheAmazon
10 years ago

Hi! sorry to hear about your damage. 🙁 I’ve recently been there and just finished cutting off about 3 inches of damage from i guess heat damage and just not taking care of it properly. Since you’re in texas I thought I would send you this link, this lady is supposd to be an all natural hair stylist, she’s in Dallas, I’ve wanted to check her out. http://www.naturallyisis.com/ I had something similar happen when I let this lady kinky twists my hair with extensions. She got impatient and grabbed the comb from me and started ripping it through. It’s a wonder… Read more »

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Chai
10 years ago

I feel for her. That picture bought back very similar memories of my own heat damage. Initially I went through a state of denial…I’d say for months at a time until it dawned on me that the sooner I dealt with the situation the faster I’d gain my hair health back. I chopped of a CONSIDERABLE amount of hair after my stylist blow dried and flat ironed it to death. Prior, my hair reached well past shoulder length and ‘appeared’ healthy,’ needless to say though it wasn’t. It takes guts to face the music and cut it all off again,… Read more »

Ehi
Ehi
10 years ago

OMG, In the pics with the damaged hair, you look pissed. I dont know whether or not you would have to do the BC all over again, but I know that the damaged ends go to go.

Ehi
Ehi
10 years ago

i mean got to go, I am so slow

Krystal
10 years ago

That’s such a shame. Her natural hair was gorgeous! It would have been easier, less damaging to cornrow the hair and get a weave. At least growing it back out is still an option.

Aisha
Aisha
10 years ago

Wow. I’ve never seen anything like this before. It’s scary how ONE incident with the flat iron can ruin your hair. Maybe a month or so of deep conditioning would help her? It seems her roots are not too damaged, so maybe a big trim instead of a big chop would be sufficient.

fashionablynappy.com
10 years ago

Try a deep protein treatment like kpac and cut the ends. From now on get yourself a straight lace front wig when you model and don’t let them touch your real hair! Maybe that is why so few models and celebrities wear their own hair. It would probably be damaged beyond belief getting flat ironed several times a day each day if that is what the client wanted, a straight look.

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Katrina
10 years ago

Hi, I know exactly what you are talking about. After my mom passed away last year, my hair fell out. So I grew it out and my natural curls were great, it was soft and managable. My girlfriend surprised me and we went to the salon. The hairdresser put a texturizer in my hair and it was nice for a while, my hair looked like it does when its wet. Then my hair started to break off again, now its thinner, and I have to start all over again. My hair is now dryer than before and drinks up everything… Read more »

Monique
10 years ago

Sis, it’s happened to a lot of us unforch. I’ve suffered from heat damage 2 times — I did a BC each time b/c I like short hair on me and prefer the growth with no damaged ends.

Due to my hair’s poor experience with heat, I do not get my hair straightened. It stinks b/c you just don’t know who to trust.

You will be beautiful with or without your locks. Still, I hope the stylist learned something from this. And other naturals too — heat damage is REAL!

No1blkbeauty
10 years ago

We run a big risk when we apply heat to our hair. The extent of the damage can be minimal (barely noticeable) or catastrophic as in the case above. I feel for you. I’m sorry this happened to you. We should learn from this story and stories like it. We put a lot of trust in the person that styles our hair. Obviously, we believe this person to be knowledgeable but we have to take some of the responsibility for the results. After all, we voluntarily sit in the chair. I hope I will not be perceived as unsympathetic or rude. I’m trying… Read more »

xxlolax
xxlolax
10 years ago

thats so horrible what that stylist did. if only you could sue„
if you are not ready to cut your hair…frequent deep protein treatments(i recommend aphogee) and protecting your hair for while, could save your hair..you could do braid outs to give you the curly look
yes, consider what fashionablynappy said about getting lace fronts but be careful with the glue

Tanesha
Tanesha
10 years ago

WOW! I cannot believe the responses! Thank you all so much for the support and encouragement. Thanks for the link TheAmazon! I will definitely check out that stylist. It means so much to have this community to turn to. I honestly feel like outside of bglh and other blogs I visit, that no one really understands the seriousness of something such as this. Love you guys!

luvmylocs
luvmylocs
10 years ago

i’m sorry this happened to you. thermal straightening can be as damaging a chemical straightening. as others have suggested you might have to cute the damaged hair and do moisturizing and protein treatments on the hair you keep. perhaps in the future you can wear a wig so that you’re able to protect your own hair. before i got to the part where i read that you were a professional model i thought you were a very pretty girl with a great fact and great hair. it’s ironic they wanted your hair straightened because so many of the big companies… Read more »

CO
CO
10 years ago

OH i feel your pain. I had the exact same situation happen to my hair, only worst. Parts of my hair was soo badly damaged that i started falling out. Once i came to the realization that my hard work for the past few years had gone down the drain I just started conditioning and putting my hair in braids. I didn’t do a BC but i trimmed cut of the damage parts till eventually i regained my old texture. It took me about a year. Right now, i am back to growing it out. I try not to mess… Read more »

CO
CO
10 years ago

Oh I feel your pain. I had the exact same situation happen to my hair, only worst. Parts of my hair was soo badly damaged that it started falling out. Once I came to the realization that my hard work for the past few years had gone down the drain I just started conditioning and putting my hair in braids. I didn’t do a BC but i trimmed/cut off the damaged parts till eventually I regained my old texture. It took me about a year. Right now, I am back to growing it out. I try not to mess with… Read more »

Phillipa G.
Phillipa G.
10 years ago

This just broke my heart! Those lovely, lovely curls, ruined by incompetence. I remember seeing an impressive YouTube video which covered this very subject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5DHPaHgKLc from RusticBeauty. It might help you to salvage what’s left. You’re still knock-out gorgeous. Best of luck to you!

M.J.
M.J.
10 years ago

Your hair was soooo beautiful. Before cutting it all off, have you tried LOTS of deep conditioning and “protein-ing”? I know it’s supposed to be irreversible, but give it a shot. Waaay back, I had my hair blowdried, pressed, and curled…I didn’t know to use moisturizer back then. It took a good couple of months for my hair to recover, but it finally did.

lina40
10 years ago

Protein and deep conditioning moisture treatments will be essential for you right now. Aphogee 2 min reconstructor or Dumb Blonde Reconstructor work very well for me — my hair is similar to your texture. ORS Conditioning Paks are also great. I think with the added protein most of your hair will bounce back imo — yes you may have to do a mini-chop, but I think you can save most of your hair.

Blessings!

Lina

Dari
Dari
10 years ago

I agree with some of the other advice. Pamper your hair right now! And I have a belief that the most damaged parts of your hair are the ends (If you have been taking care of it from transitioning, etc.) So those ends are probably like…relaxed bits of hair that are messing up your curl pattern. I’d say wash and trim. Keep giving your hair the necessary treatments (whatever your hair likes) Your hair isn’t what is used to be, but, I think, with time and care it will be. And after giving it some time and it still isn’t working the… Read more »

Dari
Dari
10 years ago

Another problem is…a lot of stylists have minimal experience with black hair. I remember Jenteel(I think) saying she did her hair before her gigs so they wouldn’t have to stand flabbergasted at the job before them!

Most of the time, they will pull out the blowdryer and straightener and burn your hair straight. They overreact with the heat!

Tanesha
Tanesha
10 years ago

I tend to be a very extreme person from one side to the next. In my mind I keep thinking…“All this hair has to go!” You all have given me hope that all may not be lost. I will try all of these suggestions and keep ya posted on what my results are. Frankly, I am not afraid to do another bc. I kinda want to now actually as weird as it sounds. I live in Austin, TX and I have seen sooo many naturals here. Its awesome. It has been a blast going to my jobs with my curly… Read more »

dana
dana
10 years ago

This story makes me think of the metaphor of the phoenix rising up from the ashes! Your hair was curly beautiful before and will heal and be better after some time and tlc. The universe has given you a painful message about listening to your gut. The rest of us have grown just from hearing your story! Thank you for sharing! Peace and long hair 🙂

Tanesha
Tanesha
10 years ago

to No 1blkbeauty…I appreciate your point of view. I don’t find it rude or unsympathetic in the least! I do realize that I put myself in that situation. Its interesting, I place the blame on myself as well as the hair stylist. I think that we should almost “interview” the person putting their hands in our hair in order to prevent these situations. We should not feel so intimidated when in a stylists chair. If we want certain results we have to take control of the situation to some degree.

Lynn
10 years ago

Ohhh poor thing. You can tell she’s mad in that picture 3 up from the bottom! I’d be mad too… I hope it all works out for you in the end. Post an update if you can.

My best, Lynn
*loving this site! I’m going to follow you now.

Victoria Adams
Victoria Adams
10 years ago

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Nicole
Nicole
10 years ago

I echo everyone’s sentiments! One thing I dont think was mentioned is that heavy styling products can weigh your hair down so if you choose not to bc try using light yet moisturizing styling products and see if thay helps to. It sucks that a stylist would utterly disrespect your hair. Fortunately hair grows back 🙂

luvmylocs
luvmylocs
10 years ago

oh you’re in austin, ok. there are a lot of naturals in austin. naturallycurly.com (and curlmart) is based out of austin. i’m so happy texas is becoming more “natural hair friendly”. you have a great attitude about doing another bc so that might be your best option. conditioners can only do so much if things are really bad. good luck in your modeling career!! we’ll be looking for you!

sydney
sydney
10 years ago

hey i completely understand where you are coming from but try and hang in their for 3 or 4 months before you bc my hair was bone straight and now the texture has significantly changed. i wish i could send you my progress pictures. i know ill have to trim at some point but I’ve seen a vasttt and i mean vast difference with my hair. i am soo sorry this happened to you that stylist better watch her back :)! all the best

janeezy01
janeezy01
10 years ago

I’m in Austin as well. Austin in the house! lol Wow, I’m sorry that happened to you and your hair. Please let me know who did this so I can stay far away. That is just so crazy. My advice would be — start over. By that I mean, you will probably have to transition all over again. It seemed like you had about two different textures before, and now.….there’s too many straight ends. I would just trim a lil bit, and start growing it out again from there. I remember when I was transitioning I did alot of braidouts and… Read more »

LBell
LBell
10 years ago

Glad to hear you’re not afraid to do another BC. Take it from someone who has BC’d four times over 14 years: Hair GROWS BACK. Once you realize that, and understand that there are parts of the growout phase that are going to be challenging BUT they’re only TEMPORARY…the fear of scissors goes away. In almost 10 years I’ve only been in a salon twice, once for braid extensions and once (2.5 years ago) for a BC. The stylist (black) obviously wasn’t used to working with natural hair on women but I told her to pretend I was a guy and… Read more »

Armani
Armani
10 years ago

you dont have to cut it!!!!
just keep deep conditioning it and it will get back to normal.
this happend to me once…

Helixhoney
Helixhoney
10 years ago

Wow…this is EXACTLY what happened to me…minus the fabulous photoshoot. lol. I got mine professional flat ironed at 10 months and it was fried beyond belief. But yes…you’ll have to start over. I decided to wear braids and weaves for 9 or 10 months instead of chopping it all off again. When i took them out this year, I was still devastated, as it seemed that I was running in circles with my hair growth; i was exactly where I was before I flat ironed. 8 months later, my hair has grown tremendously, and I have my dream hair! It… Read more »

Helixhoney
Helixhoney
10 years ago

Oh yeah…i documented the entire fiasco. It’s heartwrenching at first but trust: your hair will be back and better in no time. http://public.fotki.com/SPRINGYHEAD/

grace
grace
10 years ago

Thank you for sharing your story. We HAVE TO be more careful about who touches our hair and what they “suggest” we do to it against our better instincts. I have been growing my hair out since April 2009. Yesterday for the first time in a ling time, I went to a Dominican stylist who I thought would understand my transitioning plight. My reason for going- to get a simple trim and blowout to test a style for my sister’s December wedding. I left there with highlights, a trim, and a blowout that was then finished with a flat iron.… Read more »

FeBaby
FeBaby
10 years ago

trim it into a ‘twa’.…no big chop is necessary

madamejay
madamejay
10 years ago

I don’t think you need to BC at all. I would just cut the damaged ends off and pamper your hair. Apart from the ends it really doesn’t look that bad at all.

It may take a while for it to get back to normal but there is definitely no need to start from scratch.

gen
gen
10 years ago

like another poster i had self inflicted heat damage by using my solia at 400 degrees everyday for about a week straight. this was in july of 2007. i’d recommend rocking the twist and curl with setting lotion (using a small roller to keep the straight parts curled), bantu knots and pinned up style. i had to do this for a minute ’cause I didn’t want to re-do the big chop. i trimmed really slowly b/c i wanted to maintain shoulder length. it took about a year and 1/2 for the front to completely return to its prior state because… Read more »

CreoleInDC
10 years ago

I just want to say that I would be LIVID if I were you! Your hair was soooo gorgeous! I’m sure it will be again with the type of care it seems you give it but I am so mad on your behalf!

Elle
Elle
10 years ago

This happened to my son’s fiance. She had her hair straightened and when she washed it…it would not revert. I’m happy to say that after a few washings she has her regular “puff” back. I pray that is the case for you.

mzahmad
10 years ago

it looks like you may have had some relaxer left in your tips which would have been more prone to damage.

henna for protien. devacare one conditioner for moisture, with co washes and sulfate free shampoos should get your hair back to something closer to healthy but you may need to cut your ends again. the good news is that natural hair grows fast, the bad news is that you had to deal with a crappy hair dresser!!

onlyonesimone
onlyonesimone
10 years ago

she would have had to shampoo my hair BEFORE i went back home. if it didn’t revert back, i would have slapped the heck out of her. but i heard one girl who had this issue and she rinsed her hair with beer and it reverted back, but she went to a Dominican salon for a blow out. i have heard this story so many times, which is why i don’t straighten my hair. i do blow dry my hair at times but i can’t say that i will ever get my hair straighten unless i went to Grandma Jane… Read more »

Tanesha
Tanesha
10 years ago

hey everyone! Thanks for the continued support. My computer is down for the time being so this is my first time back on the blog spot or (online at all for that matter)in a while. I have not made a decision about what I am going to do with my hair. I am making an appt. with a natural stylist in my area so that I can get some hands on care and see what would be best for me. After this incident, I wore my hair in a wash and go with nothing but sheer hope that it would look… Read more »

Christina
Christina
10 years ago

You should apply bentonite clay. It is found in natural health food stores. Watch the videos on youtube.com for more info.

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Looks like I’m going to need to read up some more but this is a pretty good spring board.

Coffey
10 years ago

I was wondering what you decided to do. You look awesome! I love it!

Joy
Joy
10 years ago

I love your BC results. And once it grows back out to your preferred length, I’m sure those end results will be just as fabulous. Kudos to making what I believe was the best decision!

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

Keep it short! This second BC looks absolutely GREAT on you, and really emphasizes your wonderful bone structure. I bet you get more work now than ever.

french girl with nappy hair
french girl with nappy hair
10 years ago

You had to redo the BC but never ever let some random so called hair stylist do this to YOUR HAIR again. Shorter hair suit you too! I have 2 questions tanesha
‑Did you cut your hair as short as now for your first BC ?(because i am pretty impressed by the growth in only 9 months)
‑Do you face any difficulties to find work with short hair?
THanks if you have time to answer.+++

Nika
10 years ago

you are amazingly gorgeous, suits you well!

http://www.iriechic.blogspot.com

ms_micia
ms_micia
10 years ago

I learned this the hard way. Truth hurts and truth is: DONT STRAIGHTEN UR REAL HAIR! Never for any reason, craving straight hair? Get a weave. To get our hair straight takes a lot of heat. Even if u dont heat style it continually straightening will eventually KILL ur curl pattern. I only straightened my hair twice in a year and my curl pattern was no where to be found. So i cut it all off and started over again. So word to the wise. Straightening it is NOT worth it. Just leave it alone, enjoy your beautiful coily kinky… Read more »

Angel
10 years ago

Sorry to hear about the damage but hun your new cut looks amazing. I’m really pleased that you did something.

Monique
10 years ago

Your BC is SOOOO CUTE! Good for you for going for the cut, I’m sure you’ll experience phenomenal growth!

Tanesha
Tanesha
10 years ago

Thank you all for the compliments! It feels so good to have that reassurance from ladies who know what they are talking about. @french girl with nappy hair…My first BC was not quite as short as this one, my hair was maybe a little under half an inch on the sides and in the back, and about 3/4 inch on top. It was a very awkward phase to say the least. The reason for this is, I transitioned for a few months by just slicking my hair back into a bun. When I went in to finally get the relaxed… Read more »

marisol
marisol
10 years ago

Short hair looks gorgeous on you…you look like a model!

Brit
Brit
10 years ago

beautiful either way!

LadyCook
LadyCook
10 years ago

Thanks for the update, and you look beautiful!!

french girl with nappy hair
french girl with nappy hair
10 years ago

Thanks for your answer! I ‘m sure you will get a positive response and if you don’t it doesn’t mean anything don’t worry you are beautiful!

Valaira
Valaira
10 years ago

I too am a natural hair model and this exact same thing happened to me in October 2009. Instead I tried to keep my damaged hair and did not cut it off. I ended up getting most of it cut off during Creme of Natural hair shoot in January of 2010. My curl patter was badly damaged and did not spring back into it’s natural spiral shape. I have found that Natural hair is the New “Trend” and salons and hairstylist are taking advantage of this trend by stating they “Do” natural hair. The fact of the matter is a… Read more »

BlaqInfinite
BlaqInfinite
10 years ago

Very striking! It really brings out your features.

Cherry Lola
10 years ago

I have three words
CHERRY LOLA TREATMENT

This same thing happened to me in the summer- but this really help!

Lovliquwwn
Lovliquwwn
10 years ago

What is the Cherry Lola Tratment?

Tanesha
Tanesha
10 years ago

It is amazing! I used to do it before I cut my hair off again. Its 3 simple ingredients…liquid amino acids, baking soda, and yogurt! When these three items are combined they form a creamy, lightweight, slightly fizzy concoction that you just smooth on your hair. I brushed mine through with a denman brush and left on for about 10 minutes or so. Then rinse. You can go to the site and check it out for yourself complete with tutorial and photo results!
http://www.cherrylola.com/2009/03/magic-frizz-reducer-a-fluke-concoction-called-the-cherry-lola-treatment/

Fearce Diva
10 years ago

you look fabulous with short hair!!!

nigeria
7 years ago

I share the same story and decided to do a 2nd big chop. i hope it is my last.

Omg
Omg
5 years ago

Look at those ends *shudders*

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