This only came up from a comment on one of my earlier posts, straightening hair…..NOT an advocate. The comment was about removing all forms of heat from her hair care regimen. I stopped and thought about it for a minute…..am I suggesting I do the same or advocating a ‘NO HEAT’ lifestyle?
First of all I must say I do use a heat cap for my deep conditioning. *watch me duck and hide after my confession*. Sorry, but I do. I really hadn’t thought about it and maybe I’ve found another technique I’m using that was part of my relaxed days. I decided to check this technique of mine out on Natural hair sites and blogs I truly respect and find insightful.
OK…I will stop cringing now so I can discuss my finding. Yes, I need to stay the hell away from my deep conditioning techniques with a heating cap. I found out my adding heat to my wet hair can cause ‘bubble hair’. This is something I’ve never even heard of before! The Natural Haven, a very insightful hair blog with a scientific focus discusses the dangers of heat being applied to wet hair.
”the water is heated up into steam (essentially air) which gets trapped inside the hair as a bubble. Remember that water forms steam at around 100 degrees C (212 F). Most heating tools go well above this temperature.” The Natural Haven
I did look on other sites and blogs and found either some who chose to use heat as a means of deep conditioning or others who totally removed heat from their hair regimen. I must say the sites that strayed from heat altogether were the sites I found more knowledgeable as well as sites I usually gravitate to for information.
So, I guess the heating cap is getting thrown into the basement with the curling iron, hooded hair dryer and flat iron. I’ve given up on those three long ago but now with the addition of the heating cap, the heat crew is finally complete. I’m now advocating ‘NO HEAT’ on Natural hair and faithfully following the Curly Girl Method.
See, I’m just like so many Newly Naturals out here still learning what to do on this Natural hair journey. Some of us are holding onto old methods until we learn they are no longer necessary or just right out dangerous to our Natural tresses. I just never looked into deep conditioners with heat to see if it was good or bad. I knew the dangers of hooded dryers, curling irons, and flat irons, but what I was doing with my wet hair with conditioner slathered in and applying heat was just as dangerous! You learn something new everyday.
Just wanted to share my enlightenment and so grateful for the comment to make me dig a little deeper and see if I was hurting or helping my hair. Deep conditioning will consist of the conditioner sitting on my hair for a few hours if not overnight because that does work for my schedule. To each HER own, but Sabrina will be turning her back on heat for good.
Learning something new everyday Naturals,