The Thing About Heat Damage….
Is that it doesn’t go away. Once the damage has been done you have to live with it or cut it and there are no magic treatments or conditioners to reverse it.
I know this because I am living it.
After my experience with severe head damage back in July I cut most of the highly damaged pieces off. Lots of protein treatments thankfully revived most of my curls. Still, almost every time I was in the shower, the water would reactivate the distinctive smell of singed hair. It was….the worst.
Last week when getting my hair cut again, my stylist Marie noted that there was still a lot of damage left in certain places (which is probably why I could still smell it). While the pieces on the ends could be clipped off easily, some of the damage occurred in mid-shaft. I still have lots of these pieces where there is a straight section in the middle of the shaft and one whole section that is totally straight.
It’s very sad indeed so see the remnants of the curl abuse I subjected my dear Lola to, but I wanted to share these pictures to show the risks of excessive heat. Most of my curls are fine yes and I’m so thankful for that, but I can’t clip all of the damaged pieces or else I’d be left with serious bald spots. So for now, they kind of get tucked in to my hair and hidden away only to emerge as a reminder to practice smart and safe haircare!
Have you ever experienced heat damage? What did you do about it? Lesson learned?