Why Heat Damage Can Never Be Reversed

By Chime Edwards

So you went to the salon and received the best blow out of your life. You’re feeling yourself; you can actually feel the breeze on your scalp as your hair dances in the wind. A week later, you wash the straight strands in anticipation of seeing your ‘fro, but there’s one big problem. The curls are gone. Vanished. Disappeared. The culprit? Heat.

Heat damage occurs when heat is applied to hair strands on a setting that is too high. It damages the hair

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shaft and changes it’s original curly form. Unfortunately, there is no way to revert your hair since the structure of the strand has been changed.

How to Stretch Transitioning Hair Without Heat

Because the hair is permanently altered, the only way to get rid of heat damage is to cut it off. Many claim applying beer to the hair can reverse heat damage but after several attempts, I learned this is untrue. Protein treatments can help improve the look of your curls but once the damage from the heat has occurred your curls won’t ever completely bounce back.

Avoid damage by air-drying your hair, and if you are using heat, always use a protector (conditioner, lotion or spray) before the heat application.



It is true that too much heat can damage your hair. In fact too much water, chemical and conditioning can damage the hair also. The real science behind hair is that the hair shaft is created with bonds. These bonds are called the disulfide bonds, hydrogen bonds and sulfur bonds. When speaking about heat damage we are then talk about the manipulation of the hydrogen bond which changes it water content base on drying or cooling the hair. What exactly does this mean to you? This means If you have heat damage with proper treatments to strengthen that bond and doing low heat stylist like twist or rolled sets not forgetting regular trims your hair actually has a chance. The BIGG CHOP IS NOT NEEDED!!!!!

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