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MissThing606
07-11-2005, 09:56 AM
In the 'heat' (pun intended) of all these burning the hair straight/blow-drying threads popping up, thought I'd add my own cautionary tale.

I am pretty new to this site and before I found Nappturality, I had this mindset that my natural coarse hair had to be tamed into submission with blow-drying, but not burning the hair straight , oh no, because that would damage my hair :rolleyes: and I didn't want that...

So every week, or every time I took down my extensions, I'd heat up that blow-dryer to the *hell* setting, saturate my hair with moisturiser and fry my hair, of course, it would be just a teeny-tiny :rolleyes: bit brittle but that didn't matter because I was going to protect it under those extensions. HELLO - THE DAMAGE HAD ALREADY BEEN DONE!

So, if you want to blow-dry your hair regularly, remember what will happen:


1. You will LOSE YOUR NAPS.

Yes you read that correctly, you will L O S E them! Now, I used to think I didn’t have naps, that I just had course afro hair that was a bit wiry on a bad day. Then I found NP and decided to give up the heat and learn to be kind to my hair result, softer, coilier hair. Granted, I'm a 4-a but there is a bit of a kink in there. But I digress

About a week ago, I was looking in the mirror with my hair all combed out and I notices that while the roots were nice and healthy, the ends were limp and wiry. Then it dawned on me: it was heat damage. This made even more sense because I had a couple of patches in the middle with short stubby hair and some limp bits hanging out - and I know I hadn't taken scissors to any patches in my hair. Now I realised the truth, I'd been too blow-dryer-happy on my hair. :(


2. your hair will break and split:

In addition to the limp ends, I had the most a atrocious breaking, with split ends going all the way up the shaft. Some split ends had splits; some splits even began right in the middle of the hair shaft! So when I pulled out a clump of hair to gauge the length of the healthy hair, I had nearly two inches of breaking splitting ends!

So much for protecting the hair while blow-drying! I thought if I put enough moisture on my hair it would protect it. Think about it: when you put oil on food and apply heat to that food, does the oil protect the food? No, the oil helps it to fry!


3. You will lose length
It's no biggie if you're not going for length but I was. The hair on my longest side was reaching then end of my neck, now with all the trimming and levelling a rocking and almost gown-out TWA. So much for getting a BAA by the end of the year! Still you live and learn, and I’m glad I learnt my lesson sooner rather than later.

So please remember, blow-drying can be just as damaging as burning the hair straight and the damage can be irreparable, so look after your God-given naps.

Cutie McPretty
07-11-2005, 12:58 PM
Nice informative post :).

Jazitones
07-11-2005, 01:00 PM
Good post. :)


ETA. I just read on another post, I believe it was Pookeylou. Who stated that once something is burnt then you can't undo the damage. People refuse to listen. :dunno: If you don't want to hear the truth then don't ask. :doh Also I notice alot of folks lately get all ticked off at people suggesting that you may need to cut those ends off. Well truth is you are going to have to cut or your hair just fall off eventually, so get over it or don't ask!



I know I have showed this picture before but this picture shows living proof of what heat can do to the hair. I had do a chop as a result of the constant blowing drying

http://images9.fotki.com/v171/photos/5/57380/1926339/comparisonnp1-vi.jpg

carmenjones
07-11-2005, 01:08 PM
Very informative post.

I've noticed the rash of "Oh lawd I straightened my hair and now it won't revert back!" threads lately and it has definitely put the fear of God in me about heat. :lol:

naturalay
07-11-2005, 01:16 PM
I guess i can relate my story too.

In 2002 i had to go on a very important interview to have my job.

2002, was 1 year after my Big chop. I thought about what i could do with my natural hair but it was too long to be worn in a TWA , too short to be put into a bun.
So because my friend had bought her ceramic flat flaming hot tool of hair torture a few weeks before i decided to borrow it so that my hair could be a liitle bit longer to wear a bun.
I still remember the smell of burnt hair... it was awful, i had the feeling that i was killing my hair but i knew everybody said that after a shampoo i would have my naps back.
So i managed to have this little bun after hours in front of the mirror burning my hair. Even my boyfriend couldn't stand the smell .

The day after my interview i decided to do a shampoo. I was convinced that i would have found my napps right away!
I was wrong

My hair was not bone straight but it was weird , a part of it was straight and the rest was a bit nappy. I was scared !! What have i done to my hair???.
I tried to twist it it was just awful with spilt ends!

The day after, i did another shampoo. My hair was still like a mess!
So after a week with this ugly hair i decided to cut off a few inches and move on.
This day i knew that i would never do that again
It was a very bad experience.
And with all those threads about heat damage i know for sure that heat is harfmul!

Button2004
07-11-2005, 01:19 PM
Great Post! :)

napturallyme
07-11-2005, 02:37 PM
I like this one too because I think some people mistakenly think that blow dryers won't do damage.

dcluuuv
07-11-2005, 02:44 PM
Thanks for the warning. I always appreciate the heads up from personal experience!

lmabadgurl
07-11-2005, 03:16 PM
Quote:
So much for protecting the hair while blow-drying! I thought if I put enough moisture on my hair it would protect it. Think about it: when you put oil on food and apply heat to that food, does the oil protect the food? No, the oil helps it to fry!


I was LOL b/c this analogy is so true!!! When you really think about it.

Something similar happened to me a year and a half ago. I was using heat (electric straightening comb) to stretch my fro out. And I had the same reasoning that everyone has. Just a little heat on low to medium and everthing will be ok. Granted at first it was alright the fro looked cute but time after time of of even medium heat abuse and I mean addictive abuse and resulted in the back of my hair falling all out.

Since then no heat for me. I even try to tell certain other naturals I know no heat, no heat, no heat.

I think the more testimonials that are posted on heat warnings the better

But most often people don't listen and have to learn for themselves.

Barklel
07-11-2005, 03:33 PM
I burned my hair out by constantly blowdrying it ON top of dyed hair.... So I chopped my dead red off and went w/ my natural color too.... if God intended me to have Honey Blond Hair he would have given it to me... *s*..... I've probably blowdryed once (hated it!) since taking out mr braids in Feb/Mar....

jmnappy
07-11-2005, 03:45 PM
Originally posted by MissThing606@Jul 11 2005, 09:56 AM
So much for protecting the hair while blow-drying! I thought if I put enough moisture on my hair it would protect it. Think about it: when you put oil on food and apply heat to that food, does the oil protect the food? No, the oil helps it to fry!

920581



Very good point...definitely something to think about.

WriteNow
07-11-2005, 04:03 PM
:shocker:

Scary! :o

I'm :bolt: from heat.

napturallyme
07-11-2005, 04:32 PM
Originally posted by lmabadgurl@Jul 11 2005, 10:16 AM
Quote:
So much for protecting the hair while blow-drying! I thought if I put enough moisture on my hair it would protect it. Think about it: when you put oil on food and apply heat to that food, does the oil protect the food? No, the oil helps it to fry!


I was LOL b/c this analogy is so true!!! When you really think about it.

Something similar happened to me a year and a half ago. I was using heat (electric straightening comb) to stretch my fro out. And I had the same reasoning that everyone has. Just a little heat on low to medium and everthing will be ok. Granted at first it was alright the fro looked cute but time after time of of even medium heat abuse and I mean addictive abuse and resulted in the back of my hair falling all out.

Since then no heat for me. I even try to tell certain other naturals I know no heat, no heat, no heat.

I think the more testimonials that are posted on heat warnings the better

But most often people don't listen and have to learn for themselves.

920895


Perhaps Dee should open up the pinned topic to let people post their testimonials about the damage and how many times the damage is irreversible.

naturalay
07-11-2005, 04:47 PM
Originally posted by napturallyme@Jul 11 2005, 04:32 PM

Perhaps Dee should open up the pinned topic to let people post their testimonials about the damage and how many times the damage is irreversible.

920991


That is a great idea but let's be realistic , as long as it doesn't happen to them they will keep on using heat until the damage is irreversible and then they' ll come here to create a heat damage thread and ask for help :(

shuger
07-11-2005, 04:53 PM
Great Post. I too used to use the blow dryer to fluff my fro but I now realize I don't have to do that to make it fluffy. I had damage too. I've since cut those crispy ends and my hair is healthy again.

napturallyme
07-11-2005, 05:10 PM
Originally posted by naturalay+Jul 11 2005, 11:47 AM-->
<!--QuoteBegin-napturallyme@Jul 11 2005, 04:32 PM

Perhaps Dee should open up the pinned topic to let people post their testimonials about the damage and how many times the damage is irreversible.

920991


That is a great idea but let&#39;s be realistic , as long as it doesn&#39;t happen to them they will keep on using heat until the damage is irreversible and then they&#39; ll come here to create a heat damage thread and ask for help :(

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Yeah, I know what you are saying. I&#39;ve used heat twice without damage. I know I wouldn&#39;t post a topic if I had damage because after reading the posts on here and knowing people who have endured the damage it would be pointless to come on here and asked something that has been answered so many times already. I would just have to suck it up and cut off the damaged hair.

canadiana
07-11-2005, 08:36 PM
Originally posted by MissThing606@Jul 11 2005, 03:56 AM

1. You will LOSE YOUR NAPS.

Yes you read that correctly, you will L O S E them! Now, I used to think I didn’t have naps, that I just had course afro hair that was a bit wiry on a bad day. Then I found NP and decided to give up the heat and learn to be kind to my hair result, softer, coilier hair. Granted, I&#39;m a 4-a but there is a bit of a kink in there. But I digress

About a week ago, I was looking in the mirror with my hair all combed out and I notices that while the roots were nice and healthy, the ends were limp and wiry. Then it dawned on me: it was heat damage. This made even more sense because I had a couple of patches in the middle with short stubby hair and some limp bits hanging out - and I know I hadn&#39;t taken scissors to any patches in my hair. Now I realised the truth, I&#39;d been too blow-dryer-happy on my hair.* :(


2. your hair will break and split:

In addition to the limp ends, I had the most a atrocious breaking, with split ends going all the way up the shaft. Some split ends had splits; some splits even began right in the middle of the hair shaft! So when I pulled out a clump of hair to gauge the length of the healthy hair, I had nearly two inches of breaking splitting ends!

So much for protecting the hair while blow-drying! I thought if I put enough moisture on my hair it would protect it. Think about it: when you put oil on food and apply heat to that food, does the oil protect the food? No, the oil helps it to fry!


3. You will lose length
It&#39;s no biggie if you&#39;re not going for length but I was. The hair on my longest side was reaching then end of my neck, now with all the trimming and levelling a rocking and almost gown-out TWA. So much for getting a BAA by the end of the year! Still you live and learn, and I’m glad I learnt my lesson sooner rather than later.

So please remember, blow-drying can be just as damaging as burning the hair straight and the damage can be irreparable, so look after your God-given naps.

920581




Very true!

kiwi
07-11-2005, 08:49 PM
I like that post. It&#39;s very informative. I want to point out that you can also minimize damage to your hair if you avoid washing it with hot water. Use lukewarm water or make the water as cold as you can take it. My stylist always warned me about that.

Nappytop
07-11-2005, 09:58 PM
:pointlaugh: All the above posts said a mouthful! Great!

tonyelle
07-12-2005, 12:31 AM
I admit, I was using a blow dryer. I only used it to dry my hair. I used the medium setting, but I noticed my hair was brittle on the ends. At first, I didn&#39;t have much hair and it would dry before I could finish my twist. But the longer it got, the longer it took to dry...and being the impatient person that I am, used the blow dryer. BAD IDEA. Now, it just sits on my hook in the bathroom and I use it to defog my mirrors in the morning. HEAT=DAMAGE!

tcb1216
07-12-2005, 06:30 AM
Originally posted by napturallyme@Jul 11 2005, 08:37 AM
I like this one too because I think some people mistakenly think that blow dryers won&#39;t do damage.

920833



I&#39;m guilty :unsure:, well almost. I&#39;ve been having strong thoughts of whipping out my blow dryer. Good thing I read this post, because I too didn&#39;t realize that blow drying would cause permanent damage. I guess I&#39;ll have to try banding or some other method. Thanks OP for sharing this info/experience

deecoily
07-12-2005, 11:08 AM
It&#39;s a fact.

HEAT = DAMAGE

Some people accuse me of talking out of my %^% about it, and believe they can repair it. You can&#39;t. Once it&#39;s burned, it&#39;s burned. You can hide it, use product on it which may temporarily make it look not as bad, but the fact is, it&#39;s burnt.

Toast.

Use irons, combs, blowdriers and say goodbye to your healthy hair.

~Dee~

longtime_natural
07-12-2005, 11:47 AM
wow :( - i&#39;ve only ever used heat once on my natural hair and that was in 1999. thanks to this post, I will never try it again. i don&#39;t need to find out for myself that it damages my hair. thanks ladies!

peace_lily
07-19-2005, 06:04 AM
I think its misleading when you see so many people especially celebrities who say they dont have a chemical fire cream but they blow-dry/flat-iron to have a more fuller, bouncy straight look. I know I remember Queen Latifah and her stylish mention this in a magazine.

What they never mention is that heat causes damage even to nappies.

I thought I would do this (blow-dry, flat flaming hot tool of hair torture) to switch things up but then I come here (nappturality) and find out how damaging it is.

Its just not worth it,IMO. and neither is that nasty fried hair smell! yuck.

keepinitnapy
07-19-2005, 12:33 PM
Originally posted by lmabadgurl@Jul 11 2005, 10:16 AM
Quote:
So much for protecting the hair while blow-drying! I thought if I put enough moisture on my hair it would protect it. Think about it: when you put oil on food and apply heat to that food, does the oil protect the food? No, the oil helps it to fry!


I was LOL b/c this analogy is so true!!! When you really think about it.

Something similar happened to me a year and a half ago. I was using heat (electric straightening comb) to stretch my fro out. And I had the same reasoning that everyone has. Just a little heat on low to medium and everthing will be ok. Granted at first it was alright the fro looked cute but time after time of of even medium heat abuse and I mean addictive abuse and resulted in the back of my hair falling all out.

Since then no heat for me. I even try to tell certain other naturals I know no heat, no heat, no heat.

I think the more testimonials that are posted on heat warnings the better

But most often people don&#39;t listen and have to learn for themselves.

920895


Think about it: when you put oil on food and apply heat to that food, does the oil protect the food? No, the oil helps it to fry![/color]
This is so true!!!! I remember when my mother use to burn my hair straight. Before she would put that comb to the section to be burnt she would have to slap on some grease. "to make it come out right" when in actuality it was helping to fry my head. :icon_headshake:

michelle1908
12-01-2005, 11:39 AM
Great post! I&#39;ve been reading posts like this for the few months I&#39;ve been a member and I am so anti-heat. It&#39;s not worth the risk. One of the main reasons I went back to my napps was to have truly healthy hair...not to damage it.

I sent a friend of mine Dee&#39;s pinned post about heat damage, because she told me she was going to get it pre.ssed. I don&#39;t think she was very happy with me :( I don&#39;t think she has washed it yet, so I don&#39;t know if her napps are permanently straight. She did tell me that the beautician had to cut 1.5 inches of split ends. She also blowdrys her hair before she twists it.

I wonder if people think their hair is healthy when it is not or if they think the state of their hair could never improve? I think if people really believed and understood that they could have healthy, lush napps, they might stop doing things to damage them...maybe...

kakita
12-01-2005, 12:12 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I&#39;m a newbie and in transition (2 months now!) and I thought I could switch things up and blow dry and burn my hair straight to switch things up. A friend of a friend does it on a regular basis so I thought it was all good. But thank you for sharing your (horror) stories and convincing me never to put heat in my hair. Thank da lawd for NP!