Real talk, any woman with curly hair knows from personal experience that heat-damage can be a serious bitch. Stretching out your curls whether it be with a blow dryer and round brush or with a flat iron, can permanently damage your hair and distort your curl pattern. Think dry, dull, limpy ramen noodle-looking hair with annoying straight pieces. It’s devastating to say the least. The good news is that although heat-damage can result in permanent damage that requires a cut, there are ways to restore your hair health without going for a big, dramatic chop. Here, nine women open up about their journey transitioning from heat-damage to healthy curls while offering advice on how to stay sane through the long process – check it out!
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On what inspired her transition: “My big sister Aubrie and I always loved curly hair. We just never knew how to take care of it, so we’d get relaxers, use flat irons, and products with harsh ingredients. One day my sister saw a video of @SunKissAlba on YouTube getting a Devacut and we decided we were going to treat our curls better. After she passed away I decided to keep our plans going and start my healthy hair journey. “
On what she did to transition to healthy curls. “I started trying to get my curls healthy in late 2013/early 2014, but just couldn’t figure it out. In 2015 I discovered a book called The Curly Girl Handbook and entered Devacurl’s SuperCream Challenge, where I started documenting my journey and seeing steady progress. I stopped using high heat and products with harsh ingredients like sulfates and silicones. I started deep conditioning regularly, using my fingers to detangle, and started incorporating essential oils in my routine. I also got a Devacut to get rid of damaged ends and give me the shape that I always wanted!
On her advice to other curly girls transitioning. “NEVER give up and never compare your journey to someone else’s. Take pictures regularly so you can look back and be motivated when you see your progress. Your goal should never be to have curls like someone else’s, but to get your curls as healthy as possible.”