Heat damage is always noticeable
Damaged hair shows itself in many ways and sometimes, you will notice major changes like a different curl pattern or split ends happen after using heat. However, most cases of heat damage aren’t that extreme so it is quite easy for heat to be overlooked as the culprit for your hair issues.
For an example, you may be dealing with dry, brittle, and frizzy hair but you can attribute all of those problems to a number of things–like not keeping your hair properly hydrated or still using shampoos that have sulfates. Because of this, you may be treating your hair for a problem that you don’t even have.
If you notice a change in your hair, go over your hair regimen and routine to see what you have been doing that may be detrimental to your hair health. Watch out for dryness, frizz, brittleness, and stringy hair ends because they are common–yet overlooked–signs of heat damage.
You can reverse heat damage
You have to treat heat damage like you have relaxed hair and you are planning to go natural: cut it off or begin transitioning. Heat damage can stress your hair to the point that it’s almost impossible to maintain a decent looking hairstyle so a lot of women choose to cut it off.
However, if you’d like to transition from it, you’ll need to wear protective and low manipulation hairstyles until your hair grows to a length you are comfortable with.
You know that heat damaged cannot be reversed but if you only have minimal damage, you can definitely blend it with the parts of your hair that are still curly. Twist and braid outs, buns, and bantu knots are just a few of the hairstyles you can use to flawlessly blend your healthy and damaged hair together.