Oh yea, they look innocent enough, but I’ve danced my last dance with those heat styling tools. It’s been over a month and I wanted to comment on my progress.
I’ve always been of the belief that heat was a necessary tool in keeping hair healthy. I did the whole deep conditioning with heat applied feeling I was helping and not harming my hair. Boy, was I ever wrong.
Back in March, I created a post called, Am I advocating ‘No Heat’? Where I discussed a comment from a reader and where it led me to thinking. I did some research and found out just how harmful applying heat (especially to wet hair) can be to my tresses. I learned about bubble hair, as well as other damaging effect of heat. It scared me silly and I’ve decided to become an Advocate of ‘NO HEAT’ ever since.
It’s been rather easy throwing the last of my heat styling tools into the basement and turning my back on the notion I need a Huetiful hair steamer to keep my tresses moisturized. I was sold on that idea and was actively scheming on getting one with the hubby not knowing how much I would have to pay for it! (I’m a shopaholic so I’ve got some serious skills in that area.) So glad I became enlightened before I shelled out the $100 bucks or so to aid in damaging my hair.
Now, I’m just saying what works for ME. I’m not saying all women of color should back away from the hair dryer, flat iron, etc. You may be an artist with those tools and never experience heat damage. I’m just seeing it’s not necessary for me and my curls. They have been just fine and actually, quite fine with no heat being applied in the month or so I’ve I stepped away from heat. Dryness is gone (so is winter) and my hair is healthy according to my stylist who gave me a trim last month. I’m doing just fine wearing my new ‘no heat’ banner and proud of it!!
So, don’t feel you have to apply heat to keep those tresses moisturized is pretty much what this post is about. I also wanted to give an update on my new found way of thinking and wanted to share how some mistakes we make along this Natural Hair Journey are ours to make. We can fall under the weight of these mistakes or we can allow them to make us stronger, wiser and happier in the end. Thanks for putting up with up with my journey. I make these mistakes so you don’t have to!
Take care Naturals,
You know how I feel about heat . . . so I have to extend a hearty congratulations to you for any length of time away from the fiery beast. LOL. I think, as a result, I will likely decide NOT to get a diffuser even though that is VERY low heat. I just can't do it.
Anyway, it has been two years for me without heat. Can I make it three years? Hmmm, we'll see.
LOL, my daughter just asked me when she could flat iron her hair again. I kindly told her in January. She loves the straight look, but these teenagers these days don't listen. Due to her styling choices her hair all around in the front is broken off. She now has a maintenance style, thanx to me.