So What If She Has Heat Damage? 4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Worry About Someone With Heat Damaged Hair

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Do you know there are women out there who have made a conscious decision to live with heat damage? Why is it that when a woman decides to embrace and love her relaxed hair, we generally have a bit more understanding but when a woman chooses to live with heat damage there might be shade?

We tend to have a curl pattern obsession these days, like spirals and Z’s are the end all and be all. Before I go any further, this will seem as if I condone heat damage, but the truth is there is nothing to condone or disapprove of when it isn’t my hair that’s on trial. The point I am trying to make is that you do not have any right to tell another person what to do with her hair even if some of it is straight and some of it isn’t.

The other day there was a young lady that posted in a hair forum about feeling less than confident about her hair because she has heat damage and her online friends made no apologies about dismissing her pictures and comments because of it.

She wanted everyone to know once and for all that she did not think that those kind of comments were right and she wanted to feel good about her hair even with heat damage. You see she knows she will straighten her hair because it is easier for her, so why should she feel bad about it?

It got me thinking when is having heat damage ok in a practical sense? To answer that question we have to identify what damage is because that word is used pretty loosely and has a pretty negative connotation attached to it.

What is damage as it relates to hair


Your hair strands are held together by chemical bonds called disulfide bonds and hydrogen bonds. The bonds give your hair strands their shape or that curl pattern you love so much. Hydrogen bonds can be altered when wet, so if you want a banging Twist Out, start out with wet hair and allow the twists to dry and take shape. Even though you do not think you are doing anything to your strand when you style it in that manner, you actually are changing its structure albeit temporarily.

If you finally get that banging Twist Out and you go outside and it happens to be humid you will notice your hair taking on another shape, the infamous poof! Again these are the hydrogen bonds in your hair reacting to the moisture in the air. For us hydrogen bond change is cool, we don’t consider it a problem or something to look down on, but you could still technically call it ‘damage’.

When you perm or relax your hair you break the disulfide bonds permanently to achieve the look. Your strand is stripped of the proteins that you need to give your hair some curl pattern. The strand is thinned out and the only way to give it strength is to add protein to your regimen. The protein adds to the strand but not enough to ever bring your curl pattern back.

If you want curly hair again, you will have to stop relaxing and allow your natural hair to grow out. Relaxing is considered ‘damage’ but it is a personal choice that depends on your hair goals and lifestyle so in most circles is quite acceptable.

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About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Charlene Jeffers

I agree. Women throw that term around like crazy. Also split ends is another one. You watch some hair gurus on YouTube and those terms are always in the comment section without fail.

Gigi Elisabetta

Well why should you be “worried” about anyone’s hair? Worry about your own strands!

Tracy McCoy

Great article 🙂

Steen How
Steen How

Ha! Lol Worried tho? But hey! We should be building each other up. Once our sister with the damaged hair asks for advice, that when we can help by ONLY her hair goals. No shoving “what we think we know” down each other’s throats! Great article!!

RukiyatG

“the truth is there is nothing to condone or disapprove of when it isn’t my hair that’s on trial.” Preach! Great perspective and great article.

Mahogany Tolbert

Im not keeping anything damaged period.

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Coco_Kitchi-gummi

I have bad split ends myself that I’m cutting this weekend, but lately I just see people doggin people just to dog them and it just has to stop. Sometimes we are so in the game of competing that we just need to chill and drinking what’s around us learn to appreciate the other girl across the street for what she’s rock in even if it’s not our preference. Point well made author and I support it. Damage happens you either fix it or you live with it.

Malakah Angellia Gladston

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Sheila Dobbs

It is wonderful that we all have the right to wear our hair however we see fit and nobody should be th subject of bullying. Yet, when someone post a picture of themself and then ASKS others for THEIR OPINION, then that’s what they should be mature enough to ACCEPT it as such. That’s life.

Derek Clement

Hair grows no matter what even when you’ve passed on.

talesia98

I think people should stop calling it damage… its not damage unless the person’s hair is falling out. Its heat training.. or straightening… My hair was pressed until I was 21 years old. I had hair down my back. My hair didn’t have breakage or growth issues until I had it relaxed… So for a blow out and press to be considered damage and relaxing not to be is confusing to me.