Why I Kissed Heat Goodbye

I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve used heat on my hair since my big chop in Sept 2012. The most memorable being when I had the Design Essentials Strengthening Therapy System applied to my hair in April 2012. Since then though, I have not straightened or even blow dried my hair. I was a prolific heat user when I was relaxed and through my one year transition but since going natural I’ve turned into a veritable heat nun. I’ve had to take a closer look at the reasons why my heat habits have changed so drastically especially as I don’t have an ideological problem with using heat. I’ve managed to narrow it down to four main reasons.


I’d love to say the main reason for my heat reticence is due to health concerns but I’d be lying. It’s pure laziness on my part. I find straightening my hair to be a very LONG and arduous process. In addition, I’m a head sweater, and nothing drives me crazier than watching my hair pouff back up right after I’ve straightened it.


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I’m not a stylistically adventurous person so I’m very happy to live in wash n gos and at a push twist/braid outs. Thus, stretching my hair is rarely necessary in order for me to style it. Although, saying that, it would be nice to have the length to be able to ponytail and go occasionally.


I think my transition traumatised me a little bit. I used so much heat and suffered so much heat damage that when I eventually big chopped I only retained about 50% of the hair I’d grown in the transition period. Since then, I’ve been VERY shy around my straighteners. In addition, the few times I have used heat, the curls at the back of my head have never quite fully recovered.

Curl love

I admit it, I LOVE my curls! I spent so many years battling to eradicate them only to realise how awesome they are. It is a rare moment that I look at my kinks and curls and think “ooh I need to straighten you.”

Do you use heat? If not, why?

If you do, what do you do to prevent damage?