by Cassandre of Cassandrebeccai.com (pictured above)
So you took that flat iron to your luscious mane and after 2 weeks of rocking a semi-straight look turned blow-out (cuz you know how our hair starts to swell), you wash your hair and then…those few strands at the crown of your head just won’t curl.
Seeing your hair not reverting back at this point, you may be hyperventilating or perhaps you’re as calm as a cucumber (or not!) either way, whatever your reaction- you’re just not happy about this new discovery.
While heat damage can’t be undone 100%, and you would have to cut it off to remove all unhealthy strands, you may be able to save your curl with some intensive and consistent TLC.
1. Reconstruct to recuperate and rejuvenate.
Lot’s of uncool stuff happened to you hair while it was getting heat up by your flat iron. Bonds and proteins have been compromised and one of the best ways to help things get back on par is through the use of a recontructor. There are few products I stand by as much as this one- Aphogee’s 2 Minute Reconstructor. That stuff is a mini-miracle is a bottle and if you didn’t know, you know now! Use it as directed on a weekly basis and watch you hair revert slowly, but surely (if the heat damage isn’t too bad).
2. Moisturize, moisturize and moisturize some more.
Your hair is super cried out from thermal appliances at this point so don’t skimp on that deep conditioning treatment! Your hair is really going to crave this kind of treatment. One uber inexpensive conditioner I like is Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, which I also mix with some olive oil. Follow with an intense moisturizing lotion like Oatmilk n’ Honey (my absolute fave in moisturizing lotions, which has a base of water + aveena sativa for that extra hydration your hair craves).
3. Heat Hiatus
Since you’ve recognized and acknowledged your problem, it’s now time to put that Babybliss away! I know it might be even more tempting to use heat now because you want your textures to match, but don’t do it. You’ll only make the problem worse and what’s the point when you’re goal is good hair health? Keep an eye on your hair and don’t use heat until you see a drastic improvement in your curl pattern.
Check out my video on combating heat damage below:
What are some things you’ve done to help you hair recover from heat damage?