For all of you who have read my bio you know that I use to model for years and because of those years my hair suffered tremendously! One of the major causes of the deterioration of my strands was from the use of too much heat! My individual strands are just too fine to deal with large quantities of heat and is not afraid to break just so I can get the message! I am here to show you why you should use heat at a minimum or in some cases ban it out altogether.
The “Before” picture on the left is when I just started modeling and heat was used at a minimum meaning no more than twice a week using a curling iron on level one and running them over top of my braids then would release the braids aka braidout. This just aided in even more stretching of my strands. As work increased and years later in the game, the “After” pic on the right represents the after effects of too much heat. Stylist would curl, flat iron, dye, blow dry and dare should I say it…..brush my strands!!! Lawd how mercy just thinking about it now gives me the shivers. The use of heat on my hair could reach maximums of 5 times a week and sometimes twice a day and for my 4b-c strands this straight up signed my death warrant! Between the two pictures you can see a significant difference in density and length. “The proof is in the pudding” so now I have showed you the pudding let me provide you with the facts.
Appliances that are heat based work by breaking the hair’s hydrogen bonds making the strands more pliable to curl or straighten. Hydrogen bonds are majorly found within the hair strand. You might be thinking what the freak are some hydrogen bonds? Hydrogen bonds are fragile attachments that happen when a hydrogen atom hanging off one protein is drawn to the oxygen atom hanging off another protein. A atom is simply a cluster of matter that are composed of a dense, central nucleus (holds most of the cell’s genetic material) which is enveloped by a cloud of negatively charged electrons. Hydrogen bonds are responsible for the texture of your hair. Breaking these bonds through heat temporarily deteriorates the hydrogen bonds. Now hot air for example from a blowdryer commonly opens the cuticle layers of your hair and cuticles are just overlapping scales of a hair strand that surrounds your cortex which is within that hair strand. Now too much hot air will displace the cuticles so far apart that nothing can repair the condition in which your cuticles were naturally positioned. Cuticle damage is the most common damage experienced with our hair. If the cuticles of your hair is damaged frequently your strands will begin to show less elasticity and moisture which means the strength of your hair is in jeopardy and will eventually result in breakage. In the end no one takes care of your hair on a daily basis except you. You are the master of the health of your strands. The choice to maintain habits that may be affecting the health of your hair all to achieve a “certain look” is your choice and yours alone.
I have banned out the use of heat for over a year but do not judge others if they do. I understand some use heat every so often to help with decreasing tangles. Everything in moderation as they say but I am curious is to what you define as minimum heat use if you do use heat?