Heat and Hair

English: Hair Iron 日本語: ヘアーアイロン

English: Hair Iron 日本語: ヘアーアイロン (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Got a question from a reader this week that I thought would make for a good post.

“…is it ok to put heat in my hair if I’m trying to go natural? My last perm was 6 months ago…”

At the six month mark you should have at least six inches of new growth. This is a good time to consider clipping the ends and starting an Afro, as this is the fun length. Heat in natural hair is the same situation as heat in relaxed hair, you cannot un-burn your hair, so heat should be used in moderation. When it comes to building on your curl pattern, be aware that the more you straighten your hair, the more it will train itself to not curl. That exact situation is what caused my second/third “Big Chop” because although I did not have any relaxer to cut off, my ends became used to my straightening routine and my Afro went floppy. I suggest testing some low/no heat styles to see if you’re able to stay away from heat if your goal is to maximize your curls.

Keep the questions coming the answers may help someone else along their journey so don’t be shy. Thanks for reading!

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2 thoughts on “Heat and Hair

  1. 6 inches in 6 months would be amazing. But the average kinky hair girl grows 6 inches a year. And that floopy hair thing is heat damage and can lead to a host of issue. Use safe heat and you will be fine

    • With proper nutrition and care it’s possible. Often breakage causes it to seem like kinky hair is not growing. Even with safe heat a person can still lose their curl pattern over time if they create a routine of straightening. (Keep in mind my journey’s been about a decade so a routine in my instance was years, not months)

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