Saturday, June 18, 2011

THE TRUTH ABOUT HEAT...

Happy Saturday Ladies.....here's an oldie but goodie

In the natural community we often hear and read about how we should avoid heat when it comes to styling our hair. We're told by some that though the heat may be helpful at the moment it can have long term damaging effects. Personally, it is very rare that I use heat on my hair. I normally use it when getting my hair pressed out in the winter months and even that is sparing. The reason for this is that I do NOT want my hair to become "trained" and then run the risk of losing my naturally beautiful curls. So for all you chicas that are struggling w/ the decision of whether or not to use heat here's a stylist's take on it:




*STOP STOP STOP!!*



STYLISTS, QUIT TELLING YOUR NATURAL CLIENTS THAT YOU ARE JUST "TRAINING" THEIR HAIR TO STAY STR8 LONGER!!

UR A DAYUM' LIE!!!!!


SO MANY TIMES I HAVE CLIENTS THAT ARE NATURAL AND WANT NATURAL STYLES (TWISTS, TWIST OUTS, FROS, ETC.) AND CAN GET THEM!!! YOU WANNA KNOW WHY? BECAUSE YOU'VE FRIED THEIR HAIR TO SHYT AND DIDN'T TELL THEM THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT HEAT CAN AND WILL DO TO HAIR. QUIT TRYING TO TAKE PEOPLE'S MONEY AND KEEP IT REAL!!! WHEN YOU HAVE A NATURAL CLIENT THAT COMES TO YOU WANTING A FLAT IRON, WARN THEM OF THE DANGERS OF HEAT AND GIVE THEM THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHAT HAPPENS TO THEIR HAIR!! THEY NEED TO BE FULLY AWARE THAT THERE IS A CHANCE THAT THEIR HAIR CAN END UP PERMANENTLY STR8 IN SOME PLACES (MOSTLY THE ENDS) OR ALL OVER; EVEN WITH HEAT PROTECTANT. THOSE ARENT' A GUARANTEE THAT YOUR HAIR IS TOTALLY SAFE. THINK OF IT LIKE BASING YOUR SCALP B4 A RELAXER.. UR TAKIN THE PROPER PRECAUTION, BUT THAT SHYT WILL START BURNING IN SOME PLACES BEFORE YOU'RE READY TO WASH IT OUT. IT AIDS IN SOME PROTECTION BUT NOT %100.

IF YOU HAVE A CLIENT THAT'S IN THE TRANSITION PHASE, ASK THEM IF THEIR INTENT IS TO HAVE STR8 HAIR W/ OUT THE CHEMICALS OR IF THEY WANT TO WEAR NATURAL STYLES ONCE THEY DO THE BIG CHOP. THEY NEED TO KNOW THEIR OPTIONS UP FRONT. IF THEY COME TO YOU AND GET THEIR NEWGROWTH PRESSED OUT ALL THE TIME, WHEN IT'S TIME FOR THE BIG CHOP THERE'S A GREAT CHANCE THAT THE NEW GROWTH WILL HAVE LOST MAJOR CURL PATTERN AND IN MOST CASES BE ALMOST AS STR8 AS THE RELAXED HAIR AND GUESS WHAT, THAT CLIENT IS BACK TO TRANSITIONING FROM BURNT NEW GROWTH.

CLIENTS QUIT SAYIN STYLISTS DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING B/C SOME OF YOUR HAIR STAYED STR8 AFTER SHAMPOOING. WHAT DO YOU THINK CAN HAPPEN WHEN YOU HAFTA USE A HIGH DEGREE OF HEAT TO GET COURSE/NAPPY HAIR STR8 LIKE YOU WAN IT? IF IT DIDN'T GET STR8 ENOUGH THEN YOU'RE HOLLIN' THAT YOU WASTED YOUR MONEY. THAT IS EXACTLY WHY STYLISTS NEED TO HAVE OPEN COMMUNICATION WITH THEIR CLIENTS. IT ALWAYS COMES TO BITE THEM IN THE AYASS!!

WHAT HAPPENS IS THE HEAT DAMAGES THE CYSTEINE BONDS WHICH PROVIDES THE INTEGRITY TO HAIR STRUCTURE THAT ADDS NOT ONLY STRENGTH BUT GLOSS AND SHINE AS WELL. PEOPLE'S HAIR REACT TO HEAT DIFFERENTLY, SO PEOPLE MAY SEE DAMAGE AFTER JUST 1 FLAT IRON (ME) AND OTHERS COULD DO IT MULTIPLE TIMES AND THEIR HAIR REVERTS BACK. ONE THING'S FOR SURE, OVER TIME YOU HAIR WILL LOSE SOME CURL PATTERN OR EVEN ALL. IT WILL BE HARDER TO HOLD MOISTURE AND YOU'LL GET SPLIT ENDS OUT THE WAZOO. SOME PEOPLE SAY YOU CAN TRAIN YOUR HAIR BACK ONCE IT'S BEEN STR8NED. THAT'S A LIE. ONCE YOUR HAIR IS DAMAGED, THAT'S IT. IT'S JUST LIKE YOU'VE GIVEN YOURSELF A RELAXER WITH HEAT. THERE'S NO TURNING BACK. THE ONLY OPTION IS TO GROW IT OUT AND CUT IT OFF. SORRY BUT THAT'S THE SAD TRUTH. DONT RELY ON THESE TREATMENTS AND MIRACLE CREAMS. THEY'RE SELLIN' DREAMS TO MAKE $
CONDITIONERS AND TREATMENTS AID BY "HELPING" BUT NOT "HEALING".


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So what say ye ladies???? heat or no heat??? let's Chop it up

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