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kchorne
09-21-2010, 04:55 PM
I went to the salon to get my hair pressed. I wore it pressed for a week and decided to wash it. I don't wear my hair straight, I wear it in a fro, or a high puff. I noticed that my hair didn't revert and it felt kinda funny wet. So Since then, I've noticed a lot of shedding. I have used protein treatments and have tried to cut the straight hairs off. Problem is...the straight hairs are all over my head starting near the scalp. The ends of my hair don't feel quite the same..they feel hard and brittle. I have learned my lesson through this mistake of getting my hair pressed. I think I will have to start over again and do a BC. Can somebody lend me some advice please?

Phillyblunt
09-21-2010, 05:01 PM
I am so sorry for your hair troubles. It sounds like you may have heat damage and I am not sure there is a magic cure to fix that. I have seen lots of threads on here about that. Some people said alot of washing, deep conditioning a moisture may help to encourage your natural texture to come back. However if it is heat damge there may not be much you can do to help that.

vetsnatural211
09-21-2010, 05:02 PM
Defintely sounds like heat damage and pressing is worst than flat ironing but both can really be horrendous without some type of thorough heat protectant. I am sorry to hear about your damage... we live and learn... Some people say a ACV treatment and several deep conditioning treatments sometimes help.. but others (most) believe it has to be cut off to prevent further damage to the healthy hair.

fuzzyhair
09-21-2010, 05:03 PM
I wish all natural haired women would come to the realization that just because one natural can safely press/flat iron their curls does not mean that you can. Everyone's hair is different and heat damage can happen in one pass of the hot comb. It is really playing Russian Roulette every time one tries to straighten their hair. Even with a heat protectant I would not straighten my hair out.
The only way to fix heat damage is to cut it off. :( Take this as a lesson learned.

kchorne
09-21-2010, 05:08 PM
Thanks to all. Its a lesson learned "the hard way". Now, I have to muster up the courage to cut it all off. Once I cut it all off..then what? I don't want to cut it all off and sport a Caesar. Any other options?

chachadiva
09-21-2010, 05:09 PM
Check the The Hot Comb & Blow Dry Archive (http://www.nappturality.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=53)

fuzzyhair
09-21-2010, 05:24 PM
Thanks to all. Its a lesson learned "the hard way". Now, I have to muster up the courage to cut it all off. Once I cut it all off..then what? I don't want to cut it all off and sport a Caesar. Any other options?

When I had heat damage ( pressed/flat ironed my hair for 12-13 years consistently) and decided to grow my hair out I did flat twist outs. I would co wash and then flat twists at night then took them down in the morning. Rollersetting the hair can also be done. Maybe try two strand twists and see if they can hold. I worked between rollersetting and flat twists outs until I became comfortable enough to cut it off.

~GAN~
09-21-2010, 05:39 PM
Thanks to all. Its a lesson learned "the hard way". Now, I have to muster up the courage to cut it all off. Once I cut it all off..then what? I don't want to cut it all off and sport a Caesar. Any other options?

You can always transition too. :)

Curlynapp09
09-21-2010, 10:55 PM
Had a lady in the coffeeshop the other day that had the same issue. she pressed for a wedding, and the back came back the same texture, but the front looked a mess, I guess b/c she wanted it to lay flat and pressed it harder.

Anyway, she said whatever you do, dont press. I wasn't planning on doing it anyway, but man. That hurt me and it wasn't even my hair.

Maybe do twist and braids for a whle and see what happens. I wouldn't cut it off again unless I couldnt salvage any of it for sure.

bettycakes
09-21-2010, 11:14 PM
*HUGS* Im so sorry you have heat damage! :( I hope there is some hair that can be salvaged but if not have courage, it will grow back!

KellyVonn
09-21-2010, 11:46 PM
O no! I'm sorry this happened to you sis,:( That hot comb will damage ya.. I tell ya. I agree with ChaCha check out our hot comb/heat thread. Good luck sweetie.

dessertfirst
09-22-2010, 01:03 AM
Oh no, I'm sorry :(
My bangs wouldn't curl back when I flat ironed for an event this summer, but I didn't cut the hair off. Treat it carefully, low manipulation and detangle with your fingers. Wash, deep condition, and keep up with protein treatments. The texture is back to normal, I'm not straightening again though, the hair just frizzed up anyway. Good luck!

Veviticus
09-22-2010, 01:28 AM
DITTO with the rest...I am so sorry this happened to you. Once hair is damaged, all the treatments in the world won't change it back, regardless of the brand. Some products might give the appearance and feel that it's repaired, but it's really not.
To get rid of it, you will have to cut it, but IT WILL GROW BACK. Take this experience as a lesson learned, do better with the knowledge you've gain, and move on. HUGS.

NaturalKayla
09-22-2010, 02:37 AM
I've heard that the texture can come back after a few washes, so I don't think that you should just chop it all off. I've also heard that beer can help bring back the texture, although I'm not sure that it works. Just take it as a lesson learned.

mikou
09-22-2010, 03:12 AM
If you don't want to cut it all off, you could cut part if off and do a deep protein treatment to help strengthen it. Give it more time to grow out. I've been where you are and ended up wearing braids (with extensions) to grow it out. Every time I took off the braids, I would give myself a healthy trim and wear it in buns for a week before I braided it up again.

If you do go that route, just make sure the braids are not tight, so you don't end up with thinning hair.

Other options would be to cut off part and do bantu knot outs to blend the texture of the natural roots and the damaged part.

Good luck!

NiceNapLady
09-22-2010, 03:47 AM
You know your hair better than anyone else...give it some time and see what happens. If it doesn't work out you can always bc and start over again, and you will know what to avoid next time around.

NaturalAndLovinIt2009
09-22-2010, 03:41 PM
I definitely feel your pain.... I let my stylist talk me into letting her press a portion of my hair in order to leave it loose with a sew in weave. ( was wearing this style my last few months of pregnancy) wish I wouldn't have done it though. Now some of it is still straight. I'm not ready to cut it off yet so I'm just using rods on that small portion and wearing two strand twist outs and kinky curly other times. Good luck on whatever you decide to do :)

kchorne
09-22-2010, 06:58 PM
Thank you everyone. I got it chopped down to 1 inch. Now, I'm back on the right path.

NiceNapLady
09-22-2010, 11:44 PM
Thank you everyone. I got it chopped down to 1 inch. Now, I'm back on the right path.

Congrats on your chop...and back on course. Many Blessings

deecoily
10-04-2010, 08:47 AM
Sorry this happened to you. It sounds like you have burned your hair (we call it burnlaxing) Once your hair is burnlaxed, it is damaged permanently. Eventually it will break off so you would be better off either cutting it off or transitioning again. If the damaged hair is all through your hair you may be able to disguise it by wearing twists and styles that blend them together, but eventually the damaged hair will break off regardless of the styles.

This is why we don't advocate any form of heat straightening on Nappturality. Sorry you had to find out the hard way, like so many of us have :(

I am going to close this and move it to the hotcomb/blowdry archive forum.

ETA. I just saw you big chopped. Congrats on your new start!