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Are There Any Benefits to Heat Training Natural Hair?

• Nov 2, 2012

By Chinwe of Hair and Health

heat training Noun
the loosening of one’s natural curl pattern through the regular application of high heat.  This process is usually gradual and subtle. (Loo’s definition.)

Heat training is essentially a form of heat damage, which is why I have been so against the technique for some years.  However, my thoughts have changed recently since seeing a class of “healthy” heat-trained naturals arise.

Healthy heat-trained hair” may seem like an oxymoron but I can argue the same with “healthy hair”.  Our strands face damage on a regular basis through sun exposure, styling, washing, detangling, and other forms of wear and tear.  So where do we drawn the line between what is healthy hair and what is not?  I think it reasonable to draw it between hair that is strong and supple (healthy) and that which is breaking and brittle (unhealthy). To me, hair that retains a reasonable level of strength and suppleness is hair that is healthy.  That being said, there is such a thing as heat-trained hair that is strong, supple, … and thus healthy.  However, this is only true for some ladies.  Keep in mind that heat training can work well for some naturals and not so well for others.  For the former group I answer the following question …


WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE BENEFITS?

 

1. Easier Detangling …

comes with a loosening of the curl pattern. For some naturals, the mass of curls/coils/kinks makes detangling a very tedious task. Generally, I’d say, “suck it up”, but as my hair has gotten longer, I can truly understand how brutal such a task can be for some naturals.  It can be brutal to the point of mechanical damage (e.g., breakage from impatient combing sessions).

2. Fewer SSKs …

will form if the hair is heat trained.  What is a single-strand knot (SSK)?  It is essentially a knot formed from a strand of hair that has wrapped around itself.  What is an environment conducive to SSKs?  A mass of coils and kinks.  SSKs translate into more trims and sometimes breakage.  Heat training or other hair care steps (read here) can mitigate this issue.

3. Length Retention …

comes with easier detangling and fewer SSKs.  “Proper” heat training can theoretically help some naturals achieve longer lengths.  Will I ever heat train for length retention?  In all honesty, I do not know yet.

4. Increased Versatility …

is another benefit of heat training.  It becomes easier to achieve stretched or straight styles when desired.  Additionally, these styles will last longer.

Ladies, would you consider heat training? In your mind, what are the benefits and disadvantages?

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Fatin
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Heat-training the hair is like wanting to have your cake and eat it too. Why not just keep your relaxer? All of the benefits mentioned in this article could be used to justify chemically-treated hair. If you don’t want to deal with your curls, then why go natural?

Mai
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I agree. I don’t have a problem with naturals that heat train, but if you are going through all the effort you might as well texlax or relax. If it were between an every 8 week process to a once a week process, then it’s going to be the one that takes the least amount of time.

Anon
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For the most part heat straightened natural hair is still thicker than relaxed hair.

shanna
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Because with heat trained hair, you can retain your texture. You can get the best of both worlds. Little to no shrinkage, less knots, and still have the regal beauty of a big thick afro. Honestly, if a person is really good at heat training or texlaxing for looser texture, people don’t even know it has been.

goyta
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true. i used to use heat on my hair with regularity and my hair grew to BSL effortlessly. But after that i experienced breakage and split ends and had to snip off the length, so 🙁 i’m back at wearing my hair naturally. but when i had a relaxer my MBL hair almost overnight got so badly damaged i ended up transitioning a few months later and never looked back since. based off these two experiences, i’d take my chances with heat training, since i think that you can control a lot better than relaxer damage. And like someone said… Read more »
tee
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that’s not quite true. the whole idea of heat training is to LOOSEN your texture. it eventually permanently changes the natural texture of your hair. i remember i pressed my hair ONCE for some occasion and after i washed my hair, there were strands that didn’t revert back and remained straight. if i normally wore my hair straight, it would have been fine, as regular application of high heat will do that to your hair over time. it doesn’t mean that heat trained hair (like relaxed hair) will end up splitting and breaking off, but the texture will be different… Read more »
lovemeloveme
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According to LongHairDontcare2011 in her video titled “#37: What is Heat Training? Should I Heat Train?” she says, “No, don’t use heat traning to change the pattern of your hair, but use heat maybe if you feel like there’s no other way for you to sucessfully grow your hair because without the usage of heat your hair will have either too many splits, too many tangles, or you’ll just grow so frustrated with your hair that you’ll start ripping through it.” She also claims to only use heat about once a month. I’ve watched her videos plenty of times for… Read more »
sonia
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Totally agree. “Heat-training” more commonly referred to as “damage”.

shannon
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because a relaxer is a cocktail of very strong chemicals? me personally i went natural because i was incredibly uncomfortable with slathering my head with cancerous chemicals once a month. heated tools definately aren’t that.

Phoenix
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Sorry, I know that this site is primarily for natural ladies, but as a relaxed girl, I still find lots of useful tips on how to increase the health of my hair and have it grow. I must then however point out that even prior to me going on my hair journey, I never thought it a good idea to relax once a month, and I always cringed at women that did. Yes, it’s a lot of chemicals, but I would rather carefully do a touch up once every 3 months than bring direct heat to my hair once a… Read more »
CurlyInTheA
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Totally disagree. Heat is NOT the devil that some relaxers make it out to be. Flat ironed/pressed natural hair is most often still healthier than relaxed hair. Period. Before twist outs, wash and gos and braid outs and fros became popular, many natural women wore their natural hair pressed or flat ironed. Now, it does depend on your hair, but I’d much rather risk the potential damage of heat than a chemical relaxer. The key is moderation. Wore pressed hair for 10 years. Worked well for MY hair. I’ve worn my hair curly since 2008 and I’m seriously considering going… Read more »
CurlyInTheA
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Whoops, meant to say that heat is not the devil that some NATURALS make it out to be.

Phoenix
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With relaxed hair, straight hair is the only option, unless you texlax or risk potential breakage by going a long time between your relaxers” I’m sorry, but as a relaxed girl, I need to disagree, as I have been wearing my hair in many different styles including different kinds of curly, and I am not texlaxed, nor do I stretch for incredibly long times. I touch up every 12 weeks and I think that moderation is the key to EVERYTHING in life.

Jo Somebody
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The ‘potential damage’ of heat? Isn’t the whole point of heat training to take advantage of the real damage of heat i.e. the permanent breaking of bonds in the hair? Of course with people who use heat occasionally, if they prepare the hair well, they avoid damage, but that isn’t what this article is about. Also, if straight was the only option with relaxed hair, those of us who transitioned would have look like fools, unless we straightened our growing natural roots. There are many styles that can add texture to relaxed hair. However, I would say that relaxers are… Read more »
Kourtne
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I heat train but never say on natural hair sites. My hair is past my shoulders and I still consider myself natural and others do to. I just think its one of the many benefits of being natural. I can rock it straight one day and curly the next! love it!

Melissa
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This is a tpic I’ve been grappling with. I regulary blow-out my hair after I wash it. Why? It’s easier to manage that way. So in essence, I’m heat training my hair. I have a SERIOUS problem with SSK but when i started blowing it out, I had less SSKs and better length. I thinkn we as Naturals, need to stop judging everyone’s methods and deal with what works on OUR heads. As long as you aren’t applying the creamy crack every 8 weeks, I consider you natural.

CuteKinks
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Hi Melissa! I also blow-dry my hair after washing. Not only because it’s easier to manage, but my twist-outs are softer, fluffy and have tons of movement :). I never thought of blow-drying as heat training because my curl pattern comes RIGHT back after washing lol. But who knows? Maybe after years and years of blow-drying I’ll see a difference. For now though, I’ll continue blow-drying 🙂

df
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yeah, i think most people will get over it soon enough when their hair gets longer lol…it’s your hair, do what you like with it.

Anne
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I think people should stop worrying about what others think so much. People will always judge others on something, it is just human nature.

My hair is BSL and I have used heat to blow dry once this year. If a person wants to use heat that is great for them, but I would hate to put out the idea it is necessary for long and healthy hair. FWIW my hair is type 4 kinky curly/coily.

Ola Mae
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I’ve noticed less split ends and single strand knots with adding heat in comparison to letting my hair air dry. With that being said now that the weather is changing I will opt for blow-drying my hair since it cuts back time.

Zanthe
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Is the writer heat trained? If this is successful for her, can we see pics? I feel like heat training is often advocated as an option by people who do not heat train themselves but are just suggesting options apart from relaxing to frustrated naturals who complain about their hair’s manageability. Otherwise I remember Brittanynic and longhairdontcare on youtube being held up as the success stories of heat training. I have fine hair so it wouldn’t work for me but I can only speak for my hair. Beyond that I haven’t seen much evidence of the success of long term… Read more »
shanna
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Black people have always heat trained. Ask your mothers, aunts, and older women in your family who got press and curls. That is heat training. My mother had beautiful hair down her back from that method. My grandmother too. This is nothing new guys. It is just not on you tube.

Zanthe
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The defensive reaction people have is always surprising because if people are happy with their choice then why all the snarky comebacks as if someone is trying to rain on their parades and the inevitable ‘perfect natural’ spiel? Personally, I don’t care what people do to their hair but I wonder as to how effective it is long term and whether or not it does not cause severe damage in the long run. We always have the few exceptions thrown at us as the successes of heat training and people advocating it but I have never seen their hair or… Read more »
goyta
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I have two friends who heat train and you would think their hair was weave. one has hair to her midback- pretty gorgeous thick hair. she rarely wears her hair without having added heat. she washes and flat irons her hair once a month, just like Sista with real Hair on YT. Her hair is obviously healthy. another of my friends has hair to her BUTT, i kid you not. I have only seen her hair natural one time, because she flat irons her hair once a month and it stays bone straight the entire time. I knew her back… Read more »
AnonUK
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Black people have always heat trained.

Really? Generalisation much? MY mother, Aunts and older women in MY family rocked braids and threaded styles, thank you very much.

O0oro0O
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+1 same here

Jo Somebody
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Ditto. Another example of America = the world and AA = Black people.

Alma
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I don’t think Loo is heat trained as far as I’m aware but I have heat trained my hair in the past. The benefit for me is that I am able to avoid ssk’s without having to wear my hair in some sort of braided style 24/7. I am happy to share pictures of my hair, they are on my blog here http://www.curlycurvy.com/ I am now grazing waist length based on yesterday’s wash day.

sam
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That’s like white people saying they have a “healthy tan” when a tan is your skin’s response to DAMAGE. I think heat “training” is the same old mindset that kinky hair needs to be “fixed, tamed, or TRAINED”. If you want to straighten your hair, it’s yours. Do what you want. But trying to mask it as “heat training” because you still want to feel like you’re team natural or something is silly.

Zoopath
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+1 Very true. Some folks can tan and be fine, others get sun damage and skin cancer. My hair hates dry heat. Even when I relaxed I never used any heat.

I, Kathy
Guest

Thank you!

Monet
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LHDC is actually the person who changed my perspective on heat training. Before, I just considered it heat damage but her hair doesn’t look damaged at all, and it’s not like her results aren’t desired. To me, heat damage is when your hair doesn’t return to its natural curl pattern but you wanted it to, and if your hair suffers breakage from the heat. That said, I can see the benefits of heat training, and if I ever decide to grow my hair very long, I’d consider it. But I enjoy afros right now, so I’m strictly no heat. I… Read more »
Inf
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I’m newly natural, just under six months, and it is very frustrating to me to see all the banter about what’s natural and what’s not. If someone is blow drying their hair (read using heat to losen curl) that has not been straightened chemically to make management easy…one that’s their business. Why do they have to get a relaxer or only wear it curly to avoid upsetting someone’s idea of “natural”???? two…that’s their business. What works for me is not going to work for someone else…period!!! I went natural to avoid having to use heat, to remove the chemicals from… Read more »
Nana
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Wait so willingly altering/damaging your curl in order to maintain a looser look is now considered ‘natural’? Well I’ll be damned.

toya
Guest

SSK are killing me every day I have to snip my hair because of them.

K.Nicole
Guest

I wrote about this on my blog last week — http://naturalblkgirl.blogspot.com/2012/10/long-time-no-see-heat-and-natural-hair.html I am attempting a once a month heat regime and will be posting my progress in 6mths.

In my blog post I neglected to mention a woman from the YT channel My Natural Sistas, they are actually 3 sisters that are natural w/ diff. hairtypes.

Here’s their blog: http://mynaturalsistas.tumblr.com/

Memoirs of the Chic
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I transitioned and big chopped because I wanted my natural texture back so I would never “heat train” my hair. Will I straighten it in the future for a versatile style? Absolutely. I just don’t wanna to risk having heat damage all because I want to retain length and have an easier detangling process. If that’s the case, I would’ve continued getting relaxers and kept it moving. I’m only speaking for myself though. If other naturals decide they want to heat train their hair, by all means go for it!

Aly
Guest

Oh hell no. ce n’est pas pour moi

Alexandra
Guest

Oui mais tu n’as meme pas essayer.

Aly
Guest

why? why would I want to?

Ev`Yan
Guest

I would never do this. To me, it defeats the purpose of my being natural, i.e., seeing, styling, & working with my natural hair texture as it grows out of my scalp.

Also, I hate the smell of burning/heated hair.

nylse
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i think its semantics.
if you use heat to make your hair manageable — what’s wrong with that? (please don’t answer)
now there are degrees of heat and i’ve learned that blowdrying on a cooler setting works wonders on my hair and i still have my curl pattern.
i’ll never be a wash n go girl, but i do love my natural hair.

kaleena
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I have to agree with the other lady that you got to do what’s best for your own hair. I know a few people who perm their hair and its thick and looks healthy, a few that have never permed but get their hair straightened and theirs looks good as well. I think ill leave this be till i get a better handle on just maintaining my hair as is, then after i know what works for my hair i can experiment…a little. Maybe try it on a small section in the back and see how that hair responds to… Read more »
For the Love of Curls
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As long as it’s not a relaxed it’s fine with me. I prefer my natural texture but if you want to heat train then more power to you. I think it’s similar to women who wear their hair stretched most of the time because it’s easier to manage. We have to accept our hair does take work and natural hair care is new to most people so they have to do what works with their schedule.

Nic
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I love this site & the topics discussed. So refreshing

HelowAddicted on Youtube
Guest

A tan is not a skin response to damage: a tan is a skin response to protect people from the sun.
I think there are too many natural trying to write the book of “the perfect natural”. For me, having your hair natural is not putting harsh chemicals that will damage your hair.

Anais
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Heat training is a form of damage however. I agree with you that your hair is still natural, applying heat to the hair is not a chemical process; but it doesn’t make it any less damaging than chemicals.

J
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I don’t have an issue with naturals that straighten their hair.I do question it being called “heat training” as I wonder if that is applicable to other races too?

As all races do suffer damage using heat and some straighten it several times a week or everyday! O_o I don’t have any sources just my own opinion.

AnonUK
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I have a friend that straightened her hair on a daily basis and her hair out the shower was such a mess, she couldn’t leave the house without it straightened.

goyta
Guest
it’s great you mention that. several white girls have told me that because they apply heat to their hair almost everyday, their hair is straight and won’t revert to its original pattern which, though by my standards could have been considered straight to begin with, usually had more of a waviness to it that frequent flat ironing caused to loosen permanently. therefore, you’re absolutely right, that women of other races can “heat train” and suffer the effects of “heat damage” too. the difference is that for them the change isn’t as drastic as it is for us, it usually doesn’t… Read more »
Amor
Guest

At first I was anti-heat, but its taking me soo long to do my hair. Now I blowdry about once a month to put a protective style in. And strangely enough my hair is so soft now. But in the summer I don’t use heat, cause its already outside lol

Lee
Guest

the whole reason for me going natural was to acheive healthy hair. I’m interested in heat training but also scared that I’ll end up with the same results i once had when my hair was relaxed. I gues I’m still learning

Mimi
Guest

Me too!

I would heat train (I really don’t like that term) but I’ve put in two years into growing out my relaxer and 6 months of being natural. I don’t want to mess all that up

Gee1
Guest
I have very thin and when I say thin I mean thin hair (low density). I use heat to help create volume. After washing and conditioning my hair I blow dry it. It leaves me with a lot of volume to then style my hair however I would like whether it be twist out, bun-outs, braid outs etc.… I also use the diffuser when I just want to plump up my curls and rock my curly fro, without the use of heat my hair would literally lay flat on my head like lil limp noodles. I don’t do it all… Read more »
Joy
Guest

I don’t get it. Heat trained = Heat damage. Point blank period.

Bruna
Guest

Agreed.

Cia
Guest

For me “heat training” didn’t work. I didn’t know that was what I was doing, I just blow dried and flat ironed my hair 2 or 3 times a month, I was a former straight hair natural but for MY hair as fine and delicate and prone to breakage as it is…a no go. For others it works beautifully. My hair burns easily so little to no direct heat works best. If it works then go for it.

Prieta
Guest

The ridiculousness of this conversation is incredible. If you want more manageable hair, do what you want.…relax, texlax or heat train your hair. This aversion to the “creamy crack” is too much. For some people it works! Almost everyone on this site, tries to stretches their hair so it is more manageable. They are not earring it in its most natural state. They use all these products that will stretch the hair and has no resemblance to the natural texture. Stop sitting on your high horse and let people do what they want to their hair.

Lee
Guest

love this response

Alma
Guest

+1. Love it! It’s absolutely true. The only true naturals are those who wear shrunken hair every day not twist outs right?!

Nooni
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I like the idea of people doing what they want, but the idea that ‘true naturals’ only wear shrunken hair is silly and just as silly as people caring about how others stretch/heat train or whatever they do to their hair. Does that mean everytime a white person decides to wear rollers, she ceases to be natural or everytime someone combs their hair, they cease to be natural. Combing hair alters anyone’s hair by stretching it out, so for the few minutes u do that u aren’t natural. Everyone does something to their hair because no hair type is designed… Read more »
Prieta
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This is different. Twist out can be convenient. Braiding is a time homored tradition. not twist outs. Some women spend hours or a full day to wash and style their hair. This is insane! But if you have that time to spend, more power to you. In the end, do what works for you. Even if that means using chemicals to make life easier. Most of us use some chemicals anyway in our products. My grandmother never used hair products in her life. She used soap and water and her hair was beautiful. She was a true minimalist! Love your… Read more »
Alma
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Don’t get me wrong, I definitely agree with you Nooni, what I said was a joke(tone does not transport well on the internet!). Twist outs are no more natural than heat training is. Constant tension braiding also has the potential to alter texture by overstretching hair. Some people seem to go by a rulebook that that some of us clearly missed. Heat training is not a mindset, like some people here are suggesting, that we feel that our hair is in need of ‘fixing’. It is a choice that speaks to the fact that hair is in fact not self… Read more »
Nooni
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I think heat training is fine, since it has nothing to do with me, but comparing heat training to twist out is wrong. Heat training fundamentally changes the physical structure or your hair. If you wet your hair after a twist out,it will revert back to its fully natural state. Heat training us a form of controlled damage and it will not revert back to a natural state, but to a looser version. That’s like saying someone with a texruriser is the same as someone who wears twist outs, because the end results looks different to the natural texture. BUt… Read more »
Zoopath
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+1

goyta
Guest
for me it depends on the context. i still considered my hair natural while i was regularly using heat to the extent that i almost never wore my hair naturally styled, if that makes sense. but this year i considered myself transitioning out of heat so from that context i differentiated between my heat training days to my more naturally-styled days. so it depends on the speaker’s point of view. but i will say there’s definitely a difference between heat training and relaxing/texturizing because the difference and versatility is like night and day. overnight when i decided i wanted to… Read more »
goyta
Guest

ha! morally wrong?
or flawed logic wrong?

actually i think alma makes a very good thought. She is right in that you can stretch your hair by repeatedly doing certain styles. so to what extent then, by this narrow definition of natural, is one who twistouts or braids out natural?
the general definition of natural, and the one i stick to, is someone who doesn’t use chemicals to alter their curl pattern. That’s the definition that all of us generally agree with. The rest of the confusion is merely semantics.

Landry
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@ Alma: “How different is a natural who never uses heat but who wears twist outs 24/7 from me who heat trains? We are both showing the world less than ‘natural’ hair textures aren’t we? The fact that one change is permanent has no bearing because people are still seeing an artificial texture either way.”—————-> NOT TRUE! Ummm how about if you touch or style your hair in any way via a comb, brush, fingers, washing, conditioning, etc, you are showing an “artifial texture” as you say. The only way that a person can truly show his or her natural… Read more »
Nooni
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Braiding is a time honoured tradition? Who are you speaking for exactly. You don’t know what my background is to tell me what counts as a tradition. Twist outs and braid outs have actually been used in my family for generations — we didn’t call them by that name, but plaiting/twisting your hair and then undoing it is hardly new.

df
Guest

Thank you!!!!

df
Guest

I think in time most naturals will get to a point where they don’t give two craps what others do to their hair and stop trying to police other people. I know i’m there already. There are too many important things in this life to get riled up about.

binks
Guest

Right! At the end of the day one has to do what is best for THEIR hair. For some it is using heat, others keeping their twa, twists, using henna, etc. Personally I am not a slave to these self impose “natural hair rules”. I do whatever I want to my hair and what is easiest for me mostly protective styles so I have no reason to use heat but who knows down the line maybe nut at the end of the day it isn’t that serious.

Prieta
Guest

I agree. Take it easy Nooni. I was talking in general. As a little girl, I wore 2strand twists.…I considered them braids. So we all use different terminology for different techniques.

Soothsayer
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So don’t try to police people but its ok to police the genuine thoughts of other commenters using the old Internet tactic of shouting people down and trying to curtail their true opinions. If nobody cares and things are more important in real life, why are you and the rest of the uninterested-but-jumping-on-every-comment brigade even here. This site thrives on the debates of the commenters, no other hair blog site is so built around or generates so much debate. Like everyone you want your say so disagree with people but do not try to shut down the debate under the… Read more »
Nooni
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I’m not sure if this is directed towards me, but if it was when did I ever put forward the opinion hair isn’t important or even imply that. You seem to be inventing arguments on my behalf and then shooting them down. I didn’t police anyone or imply that others opinions should be curtailed. Most of the opinions on this topic seem to be do whatever you want with your hair, which is essentially what I said — so why aren’t you attacking anyone else. We were discussing choices and opinions and I put mine forward. Never said others can’t… Read more »
Soothsayer
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No Nooni, this is towards df and her co-signers.

Penelope
Guest

It actually decreases the versatility of your hair because you can ONLY wear stretches styles, as opposed to shrinkage allowing for afros and afro puffs but also being able to stretch out. So that last one doesn’t seem true to me. Even the third one is a little sketch. Maybe it’s just me, but I already try to minimize the harm done to my hair, so applying heat is only going to weaken it and make retaining length harder.

…That being said, when my hair is down to my back I might reconsider >. I’m afraid of limp hair though lol

anastasia
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‘Heat training” is not for me or my very fine type 4 strands, but DO YOU. Being in my 4th decade of life, I’ve come to see many changes with my hair (body, mind, etc too-some could be considered (-) but many of these changes I consider to be(+); it’s really about adapting…anywhoo) especially with density. No one can predict the future, and I certainly never thought I would loose the density I took for granted as a child, teen, and young woman; but alas, I did. So for me, the kinkier, the better =) Besides, I want the world… Read more »
JenniD
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eh about this topic. Why do people do stuff to their hair that they know most naturals consider to be unhealthy( and at its basic core heat training is not good long term) and then feel the need to seek other’s opinions to make it valid? Why does one need consensus from internet strangers about what you do to your hair? Heaven forbid someone disagrees. Then your a nazi. Basically you’re gonna do with what your comfortable with. If heat training, relaxing, tex-laxing works for you then GOOD. Don’t feel bad. Stop advocating for your cause. Don’t even feel guilty.… Read more »
Zanthe
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I agree nothing wrong with heat trainers but they seem desperate to be seen as natural and have their hair choice validated. Funny naturals who colour don’t seem to hold that insecurity. If you heat train, so what? Why do you need other people to either antagonise or back you up so you can go on justifying your choice? I think at that point you’re justifying it to yourself more than anyone since when it comes down to it no one is going to bed at night worrying about your hair except you. Outside of the Internet most of us… Read more »
Nooni
Guest

Agree 1 thousand times!

Ebncurly
Guest

It depends on the person and the hair… My sister heat trains and I don’t, I don’t like the results but she does — over time her hair is getting straighter and straighter. She’s had to do some trimming and “take a break”. At the end of the day — Keep Calm and Do You.

Pizzazz
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Heat training — a cop out! Either you’re going to deal with your natural hair or you’re not! Don’t play on words — heat training — aka pressing, applying heat to straighten, lengthening or otherwise to appear near straight. To change the texture of your hair! As black people, we’re still very ashamed of our hair. When I read black people saying they don’t know how to deal with their hair!! Hold on — what were you born with?? Don’t be delusional.… in other words, to thine ownself be true… and stop trying to fool other people.
Ariel Ray
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For me it just happened, I used to protective style with braids, twist outs, buns, wash n gos but then it got to a point where it was time consuming. With graduation’s and prom seasons along with my moms wedding being in the same time frame, I found myself straightening my hair twice a month which lead to my curl pattern changing. Did I intentionally do it, no. Am I ashamed of my hair? Nope I love my curls more than my straight hair.

ta ney-ney
Guest

Im confused I thought heat training was the slow process of eliminating your curl pattern through heat?! like if youre a 3a hair pattern you slowly work towards a 2a?

why are people talking about keeping curly hair and being able to rock curly fros? i guess i need to wash the video…

If you are keeping your curl pattern but just wearing it straight sometimes, then why isnt that considered just temporary straightening?? someone paint me a picture

LBell
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THANK YOU. Thought I was the only one confused…I had no idea that there were degrees (pun unintended) of heat training. I thought the goal of heat-training was straight(er) hair. I’m of several minds about this subject: 1) I don’t care what other people do to their hair, so long as they don’t tell me what to do with mine. Heat training is something I’m not even remotely interested in doing. 2) There are many ways to damage the hair and still have it “look healthy” to the untrained eye. For far too long black folks in particular have cared… Read more »
Lele
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When I was about about 7 or 8, I remember my mother and hair stylist (a 70 year old woman) talking to each other about “heat training” my hair so it would be more manageable, and that was over 20 years ago, so the terminology/idea is not new. It probably just wasn’t heard as much since we didn’t have the blogs and Youtube back then.

Zoopath
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+1 Especially #5. Since I’ve gone curly girl and wearing my shrunken WNG my detangling and SSK knot situation has improved 1000% over when I was doing stretched styles like curlformers and twists.

Gee1
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@ta ney-ney Hey I was the one who posted about wearing my hair straight a few times but also wearing my curly hair most of the time. I must say I may have jumped too quickly on this topic since I do NOT heat train my hair but most of the times when topics like this arise there are a few ppl who believe heat to be the devil and those who use it however sparingly as not comfortable with themselves or their hair. Like I stated before I have been natural ALL my life so I never had hang… Read more »
April
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Do whatever you want to do with your hair, do it. I don’t know what natural means for other women, but for me it means not putting a relaxer in my hair. And mostly wearing my hair in twists, pin ups, twist outs. But I’m interested in wearing my hair straight for a different look, it just doesn’t stay straight. Now for those who use henna to loosen their curl patterns, are they supposed to be considered not really natural either, or even having “damaged” hair? Or if they didn’t want the henna to loosen their curl pattern, has their… Read more »
JazzWfie
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Would I heat train? No, I don’t see the point of destroying the curl pattern for the sake of being able to pull a comb through my hair.

Do I care if others hear train? No, people can do whatever they want to their own hair. But this training business is simply not for me.

Natasha
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I find natural hair ‘sisters’ to be some of he worst critics ever. As if it’s not hard enough having to deal with the ignorant people who pressure you into relaxing your hair again, you now have to deal with natural ‘sisters’ who try to judge just how natural you hair. Personally, I don’t heat train because my goal is to get waist length hair that is waist length in its shrunken state! Yes, hard for a 4b/4c/4-I-don’t-know-what-curl-pattern-it-is-but-it’s-really-curly natural hair girl. LHDC’s hair is gorgeous! I would love to try heat training but I am so rubbish at doing hair… Read more »
goyta
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thank you, well stated. when my hair gets to waist length (straightened) i aim to “heat train” once more. because then i won’t have to be going uphill to grow the hair; it’ll simply be a matter of maintaining the length that i have at that point. for now i’m totally natural with protective styling at the forefront til i get there. i’ve seen many examples of long and healthy natural hair that implement heat to maintain, and i think they’re just as beautiful as the totally natural heads that do twist/outs, braids, afros, etc. there are so many more… Read more »
Alma
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I agree, you should do what you are comfortable with. I figured out that with my also very coily 4a hair that shrinks to 50–60% of true length I would have to grow hair to my feet to have it waist length shrunken! lol.

goyta
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lol i can relate. mine draws up about 40 percent when dry and i know that when it gets longer i’m probably not gonna wanna be bothered. it’ll be either straighten or cut. btw, i love your site. it’s very well put together, informative and impartial. thanks for creating it!

Sophie
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I wouldn’t do this on my own hair because it doesn’t respond well to heat in general and it has a tight but weak curl pattern (by which I mean, it straightens easily and also has a hard time reverting after straightening, even with heat protectant). I don’t see why this is so bad, though… it’s like the chemical processes I guess, but without the damaging chemicals. I think the “what is natural” battle is kind of futile, too, because if you get down to it, unless you wash your hair, shake it dry, and don’t touch it whatsoever you’re… Read more »
lina
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LHDC and longhairdontcare2011 are two completely different Youtubers. Please make sure you are referring to the proper person. LHDC transitioned to natural over a 2–3yr period and wears largely twistouts and braidouts, with a hubby going on a loc journey and two kids with gorgeous hair. Longhairdontcare2011 has the nose piercing and the waist length hair which she wears in protective styles — braids and twists. I dont have any opinion on this, i think any manipulation of the hair, mechanical or chemical can be damaging, and you just have to pick and choose what is most do-able for your… Read more »
LBell
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Thanks for the clarification.

CourtCourt
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When I first became natural, I did follow a lot of natural hair “rules.” Although some were very beneficial, they were also time consuming. With that being said…I minimized a lot of steps and have completely cut my styling time into half and still receive the same benefits of having, what I think for myself is, relatively healthy hair. My new routine includes the use of cold air blow drying with every wash (1.5–2 weeks, so two or three times monthly). I blow dry on cool setting, only to stretch my natural hair for manageability after it has air dried… Read more »
Tiff Dizzle
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other races blow dry their hair after they wash it… is their hair not considered “natural”? When I was younger my mom washed/blow dried and pressed my hair every Sat. It always reverted back to its natural curls after my wash and I must say I had a thick healthy hair. In middle school I begged my mom to let me get a relaxer so I wouldn’t have to sit through those pressing comb session. Needless to say my hair was never the same. Now that I am 26 I have recently big chopped and im remembering the struggle with… Read more »
Tiff Dizzle
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*myself

Tiff Dizzle
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berries… lord at these typos

merry
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the term heat trained is like a clever marketing trick.

it feeds into so much of the (negative) ideas we have about our natural hair.

lol.

VENUS
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This convo is right on time for me. I transitioned for two years w no heat and no manipulation on my hair just buns. Not knowing my hair have at least 60% shrinkage! I finally flat ironed my Hair and to my surprise I am BSL. I love the look and feel of mt Semi straight hair but I also love love my curls. I was considering heat training so I can get that bone straight look. But the though of losing my curls saddens me. After putting my hair up in buns for so long I want to let… Read more »
CourtCourt
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Hi Venus! Check out SimplYounique YouTube channel. She’s not afraid of heat at all. She straightens often and do curly styles. So maybe you can get some tips and tweak it for your hair personal needs. She’s a great example of having the best of both worlds. Good Luck!

Zelda
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I dont believe in “heat-training”…I refer to it as long term heat damage.It doesnt matter how far apart you keep you straightening sessions after a while whats happening is you are unraveling the protein structure of your hair(which is what causes it to coil.)Eventually the strands will become completely straight which means you literally burned the protein.Heat kills protein.How can hair be healthy if you have killed a vital part of it? It might look good but that doesnt mean its healthy. And once a month isnt for everyone because I straightened my hair twice in two months and suffered… Read more »
Cass
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I for one “comb train” my hair. I know I should handle my hair the way it grows out of my scalp. But I have this pesky career and social life that doesn’t allow me to spend hours fingering combing through it. And I don’t think I’d look good with free form locs. Please do forgive me. I also “heat train”. You know blow outs during the winter. I even flat ironed a couple of times after three years of being “natural”. Clearly I’m doing something wrong though. Maybe it’s the heat protectants, or the deep conditioners, or the fact… Read more »
VENUS
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Lmao!! Sarcastic undertone is %100 effective In this comment.

Razak
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Great tips from all of you!! Thanks and keep them coming I think the best tips come from those that have had ecripeenxe, and I personally appreciate your tips as Jada is going to be toilet training soon. I welcome all of the help I can get!She has shown a few signs of readiness and her teacher and I watching closely for the perfect moment to start the task. Thank you Vero for the support!Candice

Nooni
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Blowing out hair and heat training are two different things. If there is no change in your curl pattern — then its not heat training. Heat trainign is supposed to loosen the curl pattern.

JenniD
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Thank you. Why are people even bringing up blow drying? Blow drying your hair after washing is not a big deal. Heat training isn’t really either. The issue is damage. You have to realize that people will jump on bandwagons not really knowing the bad effects it will have on their hair.You may not have the kinda hair that can heat train. Do you really want to find that out too late. Just do your research and tread softly. Blow drying even on a cool setting leaves my hair and I suspect many others with severely dry brittle ends. I… Read more »
Nooni
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Thanks. People seem to think using any heat and heat training are the same thing! I would like to try the low tension method of blowdrying while holding my hair in a stretched position. I agree completely. When I use heat my hair tends to start to break after a few sessions. Now I’ve researched heatless stretching techniques which have worked very well. I agree. No one is saying anything is wrong with heat training, but I don’t understand why a lot of heat training insist on being called natural and insist on going on about a ‘friend’ with waist… Read more »
goyta
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they probably “insist”, as you say, because by the understood implication of “natural” they have not used chemicals to alter their curl pattern. if someone wants to make it more complicated than that then that’s their prerogative, but there are other perspectives out there that may provide those who haven’t found much luck with more revered natural hair styling techniques some beacon of hope regarding length retention and reasonably healthy hair.
it’s an option for those whose strands can take it and at the end of the day, damage is a relative term.

Kels
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Best. Comment. Ever.

Gee1
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LOL, love this!

Jodi
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ha ha ha this post was entertaining, do you boo! If it AIN’T BROKE WHY FIT IT?

KJN
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I consider myself a heat trained natural as I blowdry and flat iron weekly. I think that many people fail to realize that not everyone goes “natural” with the intent of wearing “natural styles”. I decided to stop relaxing my hair because the chemicals were too harsh and caused breakage. Although I do have “heat damage” I can still wear wash and gos and other natural styles if I choose. However, I will always consider myself natural because when the humidity is high, my hair reverts and if my hair gets wet, it is not relaxer straight. I still do… Read more »
Jonte
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I agree completely!! I went natural 2 years ago today and I always keep my hair straight…my hair is long , shiny, soft and full of body! It grows fast and it not at all damaged by heat. I only flat iron my entire head about every 3weeks when I wash it. I keep it wrapped at night and my hair stays straight. Humidity in the summer time is a bit difficult to deal with but i just try different styles. I never went natural with the intention of wearing my hair curly all the time, I just wanted the… Read more »
QML
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Wow.…we are really splitting hairs (no pun intended) over this issue. We all know somebody, who knows somebody, who knows somebody who successfully applies heat to their hair. I thought that heat training meant that eventually you would lose your curl pattern. Sadly, some people think that the curl pattern is what makes you “natural.” We all manipulate our hair in some way. When you add that eco styler to define your curls…you are manipulating your hair to do something it does not naturally do or enhancing what it naturally does… Same with heat training. You are manipulating your hair… Read more »
CurlyInTheA
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OMG. I LOVE your comment! I could not have said it better. BRAVO!

Venus
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Agreed

Lovely one
Guest

Amen amen!!!!!

Jodi
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I see the point you are making but comparing heat training to manipulating your hair with Ecostyler gel is like comparing apples to oranges. It is not even in the same category. Heat training your hair is when you regularly straighten your hair using LOW heat on your hair to increase managibility while enjoying wearing it out as straight hair. Using gel on your hair in its shrunken state just defines and takes away the frizz in your hair but LEAVES YOUR CURLS OR COILS EXTREMELY DEFINED WITHOUT FRIZZ. It is important to keep in mind Ecostyler gel cannot give… Read more »
@IcyTheArtist
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Best comment ever!!!!! You took the words right out of my mouth!! The natural hair community needs more unity.

cam
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I think its fine as long as your not apply heat too often.. I considered myself natural I dont relax my hair… I personally think if you straighten your hair your still natural.. there no chemicals and you can alsways go back to twist/braid outs.. I would just say just do it like every thing else, in moderation.

Heart Curly
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Heat Training/Heat Damage same thing. I think saying heat training is sugar coating what is really going on. I have seen women who have claimed to be heat training and it just looks like heat damage to me. No shade to anyone who chooses to do it. I just feel like they should stop living in denial.

Rhoda
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I only heat train my hair when I want to trim it. Last time I heat trained, my hair got damaged. I experienced alot of breakage and lost some of my curl pattern. I doubt I will be doing it anytime soon. I now feel like I wanna cut my hair and grow it out all over again.

Phoenix
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TodayI wonder why I love to stalk this blog…as I’m relaxed…and then I realized…how much I like the DRAMA in the comments…ohhhhh, and the fact that even though I am relaxed, I pick up GREAT tips. QML above mentioned that when she was relaxed she did not take care of her hair and did not pay attention to it which led to it breaking and not growing long, and that all of that changed once she embraced her natural texture. I admire all the women that has gone natural, I just don’t see myself doing it any time soon, and… Read more »
Nor
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Timing is everything, One day, when my dahutger is ready, she told us she needs to go pee pee. We keep encourage her and give her sticker for being dry. Watch her body clock, and send her same time everyday. Do use those plastic underwear, it is not working.

ONLINE FILMY
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Ree
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My Mom, my sister,my daughter & I are all natural. My Mom, my sister and myself have a hard time reverting back to our natural texture after temporarily straightening with heat, so we’ve stopped using heat all together. My daughter’s hair however, doesn’t have that same problem. It bounces right back to her natural texture as soon as it gets saturated with water. She’s 12 and wants to start experimenting with styling her own hair, so I began blow drying it for her once a month to make it more manageable for her. Between blow drys, she mists it, puts… Read more »
TT
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I think that blowing my hair on low heat is the only option for me. Whenever I braid my hair wet and then let it dry naturally, I actually have more shedding and breakage. I normally do a hot oil treatment before I shampoo my hair on my scalp, then shampoo and condition. All of this is done while my hair is in maybe five cornrows. I comb it out with a big comb, then blow dry each section with a denman brush. I also find that as long as you use a conditioning shampoo, deep conditioner and leave in… Read more »
AlphaCentauri
Guest

Funny you mention longhairdontcare2011 because in her videos she said she recently had to cut off 6 inches of her hair because of the damage heat has caused and she is going on no heat from now on to see how her hair can get back to full health

Andrea
Guest

I’m BSL/MBL and I’ve been considering heat-training recently. The reason s are:
1. i want to see more of my length
2. i want to avoid more SSKs
3. I want easier manipulation
The reasons I am not going to heat-train are:
1. i think i look better with curly hair
2. i don’t want to risk damaging my hair beyond repair
3. I have had good length retention and don’t want to jeopardize that with heat.

Belle
Guest

I didn’t damage my hair at all and I get it done every 2 weeks at the dominicans. Maybe I’m lucky but I take very good care of my hair especially after I was wearing wigs for so long!

jo
Guest

I don’t see the big deal.All races manipulate their hair in some way.
Why are we so obsessed about the following:
*perfect curl pattern
*wearing our hair in its un manipulated state

If I don’t manipulate my hair and do braids or stretch it after washing it I have breakgae and lots of knots now if that what natural means I am not interested! :/

I listen to my hair and style as I please, damage occurs all the time it’s called wear n tear I focuse on preserving my hair.

Kayla
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You can have healthy hair regardless of whether or not you “heat train” or relax, or you are natural. Using a flat iron every now and then wont bald you. Personally I have relaxed hair, which I wear “naturally”(no heat) 95% of the time. So yes I put chemicals in my hair every 3–6 months, and heres a shocker my hair curls up the second my hair gets wet. Neither Heat training or relaxing will completely rid you of your natural texture. I think as Black women we should be able to wear our hair in any style we please… Read more »
zigzag
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Now I’m not here to say one is better than the other, but let’s be honest with ourselves: What defines natural? It’s what your hair does -naturally- with no chemical processes. Technically, if you are using heat to permanently alter the pattern of your hair then it wouldn’t be your natural hair pattern. Just because it isnt as harsh as a relaxer or a texturizer doesnt mean that you’re still natural. It wouldnt be what your hair does naturally. Using gels or curl defining creams arent in the same category as permanently changing the pattern of your hair. When you… Read more »
hunnie-baybee
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Only a small percentage of women use no heat at all on their head. I made myself an oath not to use chemicals or heat for ten years. So when I’m 28 I will allow myself to blow dry. I have single strand knots but I would prefer those to split ends caused by heat any day. Straightening the hair once a year is something I may do after 10 years but I would only use a blow drier with a roller-set. No direct heat for me. I never knew what to do with bone straight hair. Sure it’s convenient… Read more »
imani
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I have to agree. I think heat is simply another way to manipulate our hair but. think the natural hair communitys divisive attitude comes from everyone unwillingness toaccept that ALL BLACK HAIR ISN’T THE SAME! No matter what type u have. I think it s a type of hateration. The socalled 4c who can’t flat iron without heat damage shuns the 3b who fl ats irons morning noon. & night!the 2b who cant put a drop of heat in her hair says the 4c can only use heat bc her hair is so much more coarse…that’s why this hair typing… Read more »
Chan
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I’ve been natural for almost 4 years and absolutely love my 4a/4b spongy,coily,cottony hair. But it is now past bra strap lenght and has become quite time consuming to detangle. I now find that there are benefits to some form of heat training/damage whatever you want to call it, I’ve been over that debate. I feel whatever makes your hair more managable for you is a benefit. I love wearing my natural twists and natural braids and desire to keep elasticity in my hair so I’ve decided that I will only use the blow dryer once a month or every… Read more »
Sabrina @seriouslynatural
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I’m with the group that feels heat training is just a form of heat damage. I get it.…not everyone who uses heat has damaged hair. I steer clear of it and embrace my curls/coils/kinks and shrinkage. I know there must be a fine line between heat trained and damaged and who knows what that actually is? Being able to go back curly? Some feel with sucessful heat trained hair the curl will be gone but is that even a real determination? I know there are some healthy heat trained naturals but for how long? THAT is the real question…
Tracey
Guest

I agree with Sabrina. I’m still waiting on someone to show me definitively you can go back and forth between “heat trained” straight and naturally curly. Because if you can do that, then there’s no alteration done to your hair. But I’ve never seen people go back and forth; they either do one or the other because they have damaged (relaxed) their curl pattern beyond being wearable.

DeeEvon
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She heat trains and still has her natural texture.


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Guestopia
Guest
@zigzag Heat is actually a form of energy, not a chemical in the traditional sense of the word(and if we want to get technical here, water, among several other “natural” products, is actually a chemical, too). The effects of heat on hair result in a PHYSICAL CHANGE, not chemical. Basic chemistry (as you so coyly put it). By your logic, constantly using hot/warm water to wash your hair also renders you no longer “natural” (since hot water obviously holds heat), which I’m sure everyone here can agree is ludicrous. It truly is not that serious. Any individual’s head of hair… Read more »
tam
Guest

Great response Guestopia…it kills me when my natural friends give me the stink eye when I go get my hair straightened. We’re missing the one important thing about going natural amd that’s to achieve HEALTHY hair. Whether that’s straight…twisted…locs…or coils. I like the flexibility of one day I’m rocking a curly fro..next day it’s bone straight. Doesn’t matter as long as each strand is healthy and strong.

Kenyan Girl
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Guestopia, I think we can have an objective discussion without one feeling ‘judged’ by other naturals. As you have clearly stated, heat and chemicals are different but both can damage hair in almost equal measure. We know hair is made up of protein and protein is sensitive to heat. The amounts of heat applied to get the bone straight hair look is high enough to permanently change the nature of hair proteins especially if the heat straightening is done repeatedly. The change will be physical but it will be permanent. From the article above, the purpose of heat training is… Read more »
Pseudonym
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I don’t care either way about the practice, but this line of reasoning isn’t true. Yes, heat is a physical property, but when you burn your hair (eg. “heat train” which is basically hair reacting w/ oxygen in the air under the heat catalyst), you can actually alter the chemical properties, which is why many people with heat-trained/burned hair can’t get it to revert.

seraphcelene
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My hair was at its longest (mid-back) when it was pressed on the regular. However, I had an amazing hair dresser who took care of it really well. She never pressed it “bone straight,” she trimmed it regularly, deep conditioned regularly and just overall knew her stuff. Whether or not it was wearable in a curly style, I’m not sure. Didn’t wear it curly at that point in time. BUT! I spent a year living in Europe and didn’t go to a salon or straighten it. At her advice I kept my hair in braid outs. It grew tremendously and… Read more »
Anita Gomez
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First let me start by saying that I did not go “natural” or on a healthy hair journey, I’ve never had any relaxer before, like ever in life. I have always been natural and as a child I did get my hair pressed and then began getting it flat ironed. for me I have always worn my hair straight during the cold months(because it lasts) and curly in the hot and humid months. I have never had an issue with my curls coming back. I have different curls on my head but the areas that naturally grow loose have stayed… Read more »
brit
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Hey this is never ever mentioned, but I heat train to DEFINE my curls. Without heat, my hair is pure frizz. Now after applying heat occasionally, I have a head full off corkscrews! The key is to only apply heat When & Where needed to avoid making curls too lose. My edges & nape are a loser pattern so I avoid heat there all together & just flat iron the crown to match. Then I’ll do a protective style to hide the 2 textures until next wash. It works beautifully! I have complete control over my curl pattern lol. I… Read more »
Pseudonym
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Me, too! When my hair gets too frizzy or the curls get mangy, I straighten it and it’s like straightening a telephone cord- the curls pop right back and look perfect!

l'Celle
Guest

The benefits of heat training.. are not beneficial to women craving curly hair on a permanent basis. If you wear your hair straight all the time I think it’s great in moderation.

Nikki
Guest
I heat train my hair. I only press it when my ends and roots shrink like crazy. After my straightening period, I take a break and my hair eventually coils back, though not fully (Which I enjoy since my curl pattern isn’t visible in my type 4 hair). My hair grows fast still(It always has) Also, I don’t straighten the hair all the way. I use big sections, which allot the roots to remain thick. And I don’t have much issues unless I become lazy and skip heat-protectant. Also, I found that it calms your ends. If your ends seem… Read more »
Angela
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From my experience, heat training your hair and retaining your curl pattern IS possible when your individual hair strands are thick. My friend who straightens her hair weekly has healthy, thriving hair that returns curly when she wears it in its natural state. I am pretty sure that heat has little effect on her hair and curl pattern because she has very thick strands. I, on the other hand, have very fine strands and I can immediately see a difference when I repeatedly straighten my hair. When using heat often, I usually lose most of my curl pattern and my… Read more »
newlynatural
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I think it depends on the type of hair you have. When I use heat on my hair continuously,it breaks over a period of time. I cannot retain length while using heat on my hair. How do I manage to heat train my hair without the breakage.

Nicole
Guest
I think everyone is getting too wrapped up into labels. Heat Trained? I guess I’ve been doing that since I went natural in middle school. And even then it wasn’t “going natural.” Heat training helps me keep my hair long, healthy and my coils are looser when I want to wear it curly. That’s IT. Nothing else. No “Well, your hair is looser so it’s damaged and you’ve failed as a natural” or “You might as well get a perm.” It doesn’t matter if you have thick or thin strands. I have thin strands and my hair is healthy. Just… Read more »
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Pseudonym
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Do what you do, but I’m not digging the anti-kinky vibe of this “heat training” fad. Instead of being pro- a certain hairstyle (“Try this new look!”), it’s anti- another hairstyle “Loosen up those kinks, ladies!”). Like I said, so what you do, but seems this site is going in a certain direction, so why not just do a feature on the best relaxing systems and get it ver with? B/w the weave promotions and the heat training guides, seems like the next move is to become an all-inclusive black hair care site since this site needs new material and… Read more »
ja
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Initially, I used to flat iron my hair weekly because I used to wash my hair weekly due to a dandruff problem. Now that i no longer have a dandruff problem, i flat iron it twice a month and my hair reverts back just fine. My hair is below my bra strap and growing fine. My hair type is 4a/4b. Everyone’s hair different, but what works for me is I use a concoction of 10 organic oils that I mix together myself, I deep condition every time I wash it, and I only use products that are organic or close… Read more »
luvpinkchic14
Guest

ja, I appreciate your comment.
Do you blow-dry your hair with every wash also?

In two years of being natural I have had my hair professionally blown dry and flat ironed only twice but now I would like to do so every 2–3 weeks (at least during fall, winter, and spring). However, I want to continue my long hair journey as I’m almost bra strap length. I’m thinking of doing my own pre poos prior to going to the salon with oils/conditioner.

NHCN
Guest

Yes, my hair’s been heat trained for a while now. But I still make sure heat is always moderated: http://www.naturalhaircarenews.com/2014/06/06/should-you-ever-use-heat-on-natural-hair/. Like everything else, too much is a bad thing.

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Kim
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Heat training is damage. Period.

Ariel Ray
Guest
Currently my hair has been heat trained for about 7 months and I have not seen any issues thus far. I still have my length, I still have healthy hair and I have less hair balls when I wash my hair. I still have bounce and my hair is still the same thickness that it has been. The only difference for me is when I let my hair air dry, it basically dries straight except for the roots and some areas of my hair are a little tighter than others. But all in all I have not run into any… Read more »
Kiki H.
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Although some people may think negatively about what I’m going to say, i love it. My mother, since the age of 2, blow dried my hair after washing hair. Even though it sounds bad, its really wasn’t. She always grease my scalp and kept some moisture. I am 14 and she still does this for me. My hair has remained strong, natural, and long. As of now, my hair reaches half way down my back. Btw, i have type 4a/b hair. Maybe, she has been heat training my hair for my entire life.

Reese B.
Guest
I wouldn’t personally heat train because I know my hair and how it reacts to products and heat especially. I got some heat damage back in 2014 from a hard press that wasn’t done correctly and I haven’t flat ironed my tresses since until this weekend after taking out my box braids. I did a full blow out and one pass of the flat iron just to get it a tad bit more stretched but my overall goal isn’t to have straight hair, just a healthy and curly bush ahaha. What I don’t agree with is how the natural hair… Read more »

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