Sorry I've been incognegro for a while, but I'm still natural and still growing my hair out.
State of the Hair Update:I've been thinking about this subject of heat & natural hair for a while. I know some naturals believe that heat on natural hair is analogous to damaging natural hair. Yet, a lot of the naturals I’ve seen with “dumb long” (hair that has grown to at least BSL in a matter of 2-3 yrs) hair use heat at least occasionally. I especially see that as true for women who have hair in the 4 category. My theory is that the heat enables them to bypass the single strand knots (SSK) and damaged ends that can come with extremely coiled/nappy hair.
Here's a picture of my stretched hair after being almost a year natural. I can't remember when I got my last relaxer and I inadvertantly transitioned when I put in genie locs on Dec. 24th and I kept them in and re-tightened the roots until May (I was going to transition into locs w/o cutting, but changed my mind).
|Hair Stretched from Havana Twists|
Heat Challenge:So, I’ve come up with a heat challenge for myself. The plan is pretty simple in that I plan on blow-drying my hair at least once a month. After that I will either wear it in a straight style, do twist/braidouts, or protective style with braids or twists. For the rest of the year and probably until spring I think I will be doing PS because I am currently 31 wks pregnant and due in December, so I don’t feel like doing ANYTHING to my hair myself if I can help it. Plus, I want to be able to look good w/o a lot of effort during the holidays, the birth, and with the inevitable visitors that come after giving birth.
- My hair is as long as it was before I went natural.
- It seems healthy for the most part.
- It was pretty easy to blow-dry.
- The crunchy ends I had to trim.
- iFailed on the flatiron portion.
- Took forever for the flat ironing part because my hair is so thick.
In conclusion, I will still be doing this once a mth. I think it will help me in the least check on the condition of my ends and take care of them. In about 6mths I'll go to the Dom. salon around here and have them do a good straightening and style. It'll be April and hopefully I won't sweat it out to easy.