DO YOU HAVE HEAT DAMAGE? (AND WHAT TO DO IF YOU DO!)

Heat damaged hair. A sad and irreversible event. Yes, that’s right, my friends. Heat damage cannot be undone.

But first, how do you know if you are even experiencing heat damage?

  1. Your curl pattern won’t return when you re-wet the hair. Some sections of hair may be straight.
  2. Your hair is dry and dull.
  3. Your hair is rough to the touch.
  4. Your hair has extreme breakage.

So now that you may identified that you are in fact in a bit of hot water, here are some next steps for handling heat-damaged hair:

Trim/Cut the Damaged Hair: I know that many of us don’t exactly have a love affair with the scissors, but unfortunately, the only way to truly rid yourself of severely heat damaged hair is to cut it off. For some, a simple trim will do the trick and for others a more significant amount of hair may need to be cut. Some prefer to let the damaged hair slowly grow out and trim it bit-by-bit until it is gone.

Wear Protective Styles: Until your hair is back feeling healthy and strong, protective styles will be your friend. It shields your hair from further damage and if you did have to make a major haircut, it can help pass the time while your hair grows back. Not sure where to start? Heat Free Hair offers several options of wefts, wigs and clip-ins that can help you give your hair a break.

Deep Condition: Although all of your hair might not have visible heat damage, there is a chance that other sections of your hair now need some TLC. Grab a deep conditioner that restores moisture to help revive your damaged hair.

Use a Protein Treatment: Your hair is made of proteins, so applying a protein treatment can help rebuild the hair that was broken down by excessive heat. Protein treatments can have drying effects so if you are unsure of how to use

Moisturize: Heat damage weakens the hair so keeping it moisturized will be even more important than before. We know how dry hair can be prone to breakage so your hair will needs consistent attention during its recovery time.

Now that you know how to treat your heat damaged hair, you will have to minimize how often you apply heat to your hair when possible and be sure to use heat protectors to prevent further damage.

Have you experienced heat damaged hair? How did you handle it? What caused it? Let us know in the comments below!

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Comments 4

  1. Pamela giBbs 15 OCT, 2015

    Great points! I have been flat ironing and blow drying my hair for as long as I can remember. I've never had a perm so that was my sole way of having straight hair. Over the years the excessive heat had completely destroyed my hair so I recently cut all of the damaged hair off. Now I'm sporting a cute short cut that I love while growing my hair back. I definitely plan on not using as much heat anymore and I think your tips were spot on!

    • Jessica Gray
      Jessica Gray 16 OCT, 2015

      Ugh! Heat damage is such a pain! Glad you've found a way to work your hair while it grows back. You can never go wrong with a cute short cut!

  2. Talisha Parker 5 FEB, 2016

    I've just experienced heat damaged and it's horrible. I've been getting silk wraps, blowouts, flat ironing my hair for about a whole year straight. When I washed my hair myself recently

  3. Talisha Parker 5 FEB, 2016

    I've just experienced heat damaged and it's horrible. I've been getting silk wraps, blowouts, flat ironing my hair for about a whole year straight. When I washed my hair myself recently

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