What about heat damage?
Heat from irons and other tools affect the hydrogen bonds we talked about earlier and as we mentioned, when you alter the hydrogen bonds it isn’t permanent. The tricky thing about heat is, you can not only break hydrogen bonds in the hair but if the heat is high enough, you can break disulfide bonds as well making your hair permanently straight much like a relaxer would. Yet this kind of damage but in most circles not acceptable.
The thing is, damage is damage, no matter how you slice it; color, heat, hygral fatigue or relaxers can all alter the structure of the strand and so there is no reason why a woman should feel bullied because she has heat damage and has chosen to live with it.
4 Reasons you should not criticize someone with heat damage
1. It’s not your hair
If she likes it, then you need to tip your hat to her and keep it moving it. It’s that simple – we are way too caught up in what other women are doing with their hair, especially when we do not fully understand that there is really nothing to turn up about.
2. Heat damage is not a deal breaker for her
For some, single strand knots, and split ends are a game changer but a few straight hairs are not. There is no way to really tell someone what they should or should not accept from their own hair.
3. Damage is damage
If you have color, we can say technically your hair is damaged too, but you wouldn’t want anyone to demand that you cut your hair, especially if it isn’t breaking or split. If you get it wet too often and it weakens because of hygral fatigue, it is damaged too, but again if it doesn’t bother you, it shouldn’t bother anyone else.
4. Some women like straight hair
If you routinely flat iron your hair then more than likely you will get some heat damage. If you know you flat iron weekly then you should expect that your hair will eventually conform (heat training). Is that bad? nope, it’s all relative love.
The point is, we all have various things that we like to do with our hair, heat styling or training might be one of them. What is most important is that you are still making progress on your own hair goals and on your own terms.
Now, don’t read this and then go around telling everyone that BHI said you can go out and get you some heat damage! You have to be sensible and know when to pull the plug on that flat iron and blow dryer, just like you would a relaxer.
If your hair is thinning and falling out, obviously you are doing more damage than justice. You have to know that for yourself because I just spent an entire post telling people not to say anything to you about your heat damaged hair!
Originally posted 2014-10-22 15:00:38.