So for the past 5 months Iâ€™ve been heat free! And boy, it wasnâ€™t easy, but the results were worth it. Iâ€™m going to give you the inside tips and tricks to staying away from heat.
I am now two and half years natural and loving it! When I decided I was done with perms and relaxers, I wasnâ€™t quite ready for the BC (Big Chop). I instead decided I was going to transition naturally. For the first 8 months my hair was always straight. I continued my weekly routines of blow-outs and straightening as if it was still relaxed. June 2013, I decided to try braid/twist outs and fell in love. Of course my attention span was not satisfied and I got into another routine of braid-outs one month, straight hair the next. This past December I decided to commit fully to being a naturalista as I was getting ready to embark on a new journey in Barcelona, Spain for the next 4 months. Now when I say no heat, I mean 0 heat, WHAT. SO. EVER. That means no blowing drying that damp twist out, no straightening my roots, nothing at all! I thought it would be simple at first, but I was in for a big surprise.
I thank God, that I have fellow naturalistas to give me creative ideas, because if I didnâ€™t, at that two-month mark, this heat challenge would have been over.
Here are some of the tricks I used to survive:
Air-dry braid out:
Let hair air-dry after shower a little to ensure that it will dry overnight
Crown braid (perfect to protect those ends!)
Cornrow bun- funky protective style that lasts for quite some time
Side Swept Braid out- way to switch up from traditional braid out when you get bored!
Let me tell you, the struggle was REAL but it was worth the wait. My hair grew about 4 inches! And it feels healthier than it has ever been. This heat challenge isnâ€™t just for naturalistas and curly-haired gals. It is something that everyone should try to get your hair to be healthier. Whether it is three weeks or half a year, start today and give your hair a heat- break!