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    http://evesdilemma.blogspot.com/2005/12/le...t-shall-we.html

    So, I was reading a few threads on the heat thing, and how folks keep trying to justify that it's okay to use it. And the insistence (really, the defensiveness) of how it was okay to use heat really astounded me. So I did a little research, and put a little "article" in my blog. After discussing it with Dee, she gave me permission to post it here. Hopefully we can finally kill this notion that a little heat never hurt nothing.

    So let's begin with the definition of heat:

    Heat, as defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary, includes the following definition that we will use for the purposes of this entry:


    Heat: added energy that causes substances to rise in temperature, fuse, evaporate, expand, or undergo any of various other related changes, that flows to a body by contact with or radiation from bodies at higher temperatures, and that can be produced in a body (as by compression)[/b]

    Okay, before we go any further into the topic, let's just notice the definition, particularly the bolded words. To fuse is to become blended or joined by or as if by melting together. Let's think about things that have melted in our lives and what happened when they returned to their regular state:

    <div align="center">Butter-put a stick of butter out on a hot day. It melts into a puddle of buttery goodness. Now take that buttery pool and stick it in the refrigerator-does it become the beautiful even stick that it was before you put it out? Nope. It&#39;s still butter, but instead of being a block, it is a pool. And no matter how many times you try to mold it, you will never get it as symmetric as it was before you put it out on the hot day.

    Ice cream-sit a bowl of ice cream, looking just like it does on the box, out on the stove while you are cooking. It melts. Now put it back in the refrigerator-does it look like the same as it did? I think the answer is obvious that it doesn&#39;t and it won&#39;t.

    Melt the previously mentioned ice cream and butter again, and put them in the same bowl. Now put them in the refrigerator to cool-guess what? You can&#39;t seperate them. It&#39;s no longer just butter, no longer just ice cream, and it&#39;s not possible to separate them again 100%.

    To evaporate is to convert into vapor, and to convert something into vapor, you must expel moisture from it. Things that evaporate are pretty much gone forever-water left on the ground after a rain evaporates and then is no more-you cannot reconstitute it and put it back on the ground, it is gone forever.</div>

    So, if we agree that heat as defined as above is the energy that causes fusion and evaporation, we can agree that what we are talking about are permanent processes. Fusion cannot be undone-it is a union by or as if by melting: as a : a merging of diverse, distinct, or separate elements into a unified whole.

    Audience, this means that the original elements no longer look like they originally did on a molecular level. They have been melted down and joined with another entity to become a completely different thing.

    So, let&#39;s put this in the perspective of our hair. If we go back to the definition, we see that heat is added energy that causes substances to rise in temperature, fuse, evaporate, expand, or undergo any of various other related changes, that flows to a body (our hair) by contact with or radiation from bodies (flat irons, burning the hair straight combs, curling irons, blowdryers, et. al.) at higher temperatures.

    So I ask you-why in the HECK would you use the bodies indicated to fuse, evaporate, or expand your hair, and then wonder why it isn&#39;t doing what it did prior? Don&#39;t forget the definitions of fusion and evaporation previously mentioned. You cannot reconstitute your hair after it&#39;s been damaged. Stop believing the mass marketing lies put out their by the hair care companies who are only in business to get your money. The law of physics dictate that it is not possible to put it back the way it was, AND it decays rapidly. Please note the following from a physicist website:
    Fusion is what takes place when two atomic nuclei collide with enough energy to
    overcome their electric repulsion and merge, forming a new type of nucleus.
    Usually, the new nucleus is unstable, and decays very rapidly. [/b]
    Fusion is used to create sources of energy. So, unless you are trying to figure a way around high gas prices by hot combing, burning the hair straight, blow drying, or applying heat in other forms to your hair and then putting the resulting product in your gas tank, you might as well leave the heat alone. Or, if you choose to use it after knowing what heat does to your hair...please don&#39;t say you weren&#39;t warned.
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    Ok...that was the "easiest to understand explanation" of a chemical process that I have ever seen.

    I get it. The visual of ice cream and butter not returning to its orgical shape...sealed it.

    THANK YOU!
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    Ok...that was the "easiest to understand explanation" of a chemical process that I have ever seen.

    I get it. The visual of ice cream and butter not returning to its orgical shape...sealed it.

    THANK YOU!
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    Nuff said!

    Back at the beginning of my BC, I was using a blow dryer to dry my hair. Not combing it, but just holding it up to my hair to speed up the drying process. But I learned the hard way that heat is not my friend (except on a cold night...lol). I would look on the floor and see all my little curly q&#39;s on the floor, but still didn&#39;t see the harm. I was just thinking, "that&#39;s just natural shedding". Fast forward to now. I see a big difference in my hair since I have stopped using heat. You may see the blow dryer pinned up by my mirror in my pictures and wonder if I use it. Yeah, I do....to defog my mirrors after a shower! I have gotten some great advice about how to take care of my hair. When I am browsing albums and I run up on someone that decided to straighten, I am like wow. Some people have no effects, so people do (hince the posted thread about head destruction). Am I scared to straighten my hair...heck yeah! I have come too far in learning how to care for my hair PROPERLY to go try something else. So this post is very informative and helpful, and I hope it will be to the people that are thinking about heating their hair up. For the ones that do straighten and don&#39;t see any changes....more power to ya! But for me....no thanks!

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    The last two years I was relaxed I cut down on using heat a lot and the last 9 months 4 of my transition and 5 being natural I have not put any heat on my hair. I just let it air dry. I agree with everything you said and you know what I am going to give those cheap flat irons and curling irons away b/c I do not need them.

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    Ice cream-sit a bowl of ice cream, looking just like it does on the box, out on the stove while you are cooking. It melts. Now put it back in the refrigerator-does it look like the same as it did? I think the answer is obvious that it doesn&#39;t and it won&#39;t.

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    ...and the icecream doesn&#39;t taste the same either after it&#39;s been melted and frozen back up again.

    Great post EvesDilemma!!! Nice analogies.

    ...but I&#39;m sure you&#39;ll still have some ladies who will still think it&#39;s okay to use heat regardless.

    I had to learn the hard way by actually experiencing a heat mishap right after doing the BC in May and had to do a 2nd BC. I don&#39;t regret having to do a 2nd BC since I used heat on my new growth when I was transitioning, so the 2nd BC got rid of all the damaged hair. ^_^

    Lesson learned: even if you do not notice or see damage from heat usage, it&#39;s still there and very prevalent...

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    :blink: interesting explanation.

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    Great topic. I will have to use those analogies. A lot of folks think I am crazy when I tell them I am too scared to use anything that emits heat on my hair... They just don&#39;t get it and I haven&#39;t found an easy explanation until now!
    God Bless!

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    Thanks ladies. What got me to really thinking about it was the original purposes of heat-which was never to enhance something, but to destroy something.

    When we think about heating up meat, the primary goal is to destroy whatever is inside of it that may be harmful (bacteria).

    When I think about the burns I would get from those implements accidentally touching my skin, I find myself wondering how anyone could think that hair, which is not alive, could recover when it takes living skin so long to recover.

    I just don&#39;t get it-if you are going to do it, do it, but don&#39;t try to sell it off as not being harmful when it is. ^_^
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    i BC in 2001. since that time i have only blow dried my hair twice. i&#39;ve never had it straightened with a flaming hot tool of hair torture. i am going to disagree that one should never put heat on their hair. i think it&#39;s a styling option. there are many things that put stress on the hair such as dry combing it. my nappy hair is versatile and i have the option to straighten if i want to.

    there are different degrees of heat. my daughter had her hair straightened and she looked great. from what i can tell her hair is in the same condition it was prior to getting it done. not only that, some textures of hair straighten quite easily, why should i have to be limited to wearing exclusively nappy styles just because my hair requires more heat? click on the link below:
    http://public.fotki.com/peenie/dlpics/dsc00130.html
    everyone in that photo has natural hair. ryan sometimes straightens her hair and sometimes she wears it curly...AND she colors it.
    here is a picture of my sister with her hair straightened:
    http://public.fotki.com/frau4bzna/peenie/dawn_015.html

    i know many nappy people who blow dry their hair daily or routinely press their hair because they are not comfortable with wearing napps. not everyone who wants to wear a straight style is trying to make it a habit or use it as a replacement for relax1ng.

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