RE-STORING CURLS LOST DUE TO HEAT EXPOSURE OR CHEMICALS
Damage caused by heat or chemicals on natural hair affects many people. Sometimes it seems that despite all the conditioning treatments, protein treatments and expensive products, the hair can still get damaged.
This can be frustrating, especially because you've worked so hard to make your natural hair grow. You may even have applied a thermal protection product.
Why does heat or chemicals damage hair?
Heat damages the hair during long periods of use. Regular styles at high temperatures will begin to break down the protein structure in the hair, making it weak and susceptible to breakage.
All hairs consist of alpha-keratin, which is a protein. Our hair is curled by the amino acids in the keratin proteins called cysteine, which bind together by disulphide bonds (a sulfide containing two atoms of sulfur in its molecule or empirical formula.). The more disulphide there is, the curlier the hair. When you disrupt the protein structure of your hair by applying heat or chemical relaxants, we speak of "denaturation" of the protein.
Is denaturation reversible?
In most cases, it is reversible, although in some cases cutting damaged hair is the only way to restore your hair to health. As soon as the damage begins to occur, stop using the heat and start repairing it with 3c natural hair products, otherwise the damage may become irreversible. Be careful of signs of heat damage:
- Rough and dry hair
- The hair does not shine and looks dull.
- The natural texture of your hair after washing no longer returns to its natural state, usually seen to parts of the hair that look straight and stiff.
- Excess split ends
Compensation for damage
Cut off the ends
Try to cut so many, if not all, damaged hairs. If the damage has passed your ends and you do not want the large heel, give your ends a good cut and get rid of as many split ends as you can.
Use a shampoo to get started.
Always start with the first steps to become natural with a cleaning shampoo. This is important because it removes all build-up and completely cleans the hair. Once all accumulations have been eliminated, your conditioning and in-depth treatment products will be more effective in your curly hair care routine.
Use hair care products
If your hair is damaged, you need a conditioner that fills in the weak spots in your strands. Heat damage leaves microscopic holes in the structure of the hair strand, making it weak and susceptible to breakage. Think of hair care products for curly hair to fill these holes, repair the damage and make the strands more resistant in your daily routine for healthy hair.
Take the time to treat your hair deeply with 3c natural hair products during your wavy hair routine. You can use a protein treatment or choose an in-depth treatment without adding protein. Heat or chemicals damaged hair is thirsty hair and using a deep treatment will maximize the moisture retained in the hair strands, keeping your hair conditioned and softer for longer periods. Continue to use your daily conditioner, such as Magnolia’s Products, during your curly hair care routine and try to undergo treatment once a week after washing to start providing maximum hydration.
Use a leave-in conditioner.
Make sure your hair stays protected and nourished all day long by applying a good leave-in conditioner before styling. You can seal with oil to make sure that there is no moisture loss all day long.
Uncover and style your wet hair during hair routines for healthy hair. Your hair is stronger and softer when wet and it adapts better to the style than dry hair. Dry your hair in the air to make sure that no heat gets on the wires. Your hair will not recover if you continue to use heat.
You will need patience
Repair of heat damage to hair will not happen overnight. Maintaining treatments such as doing a deep conditioning once, will not be enough. Cut out heat styling and treat your hair with care and you'll soon start to see happy, healthy curls.