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Old 02-06-2013, 09:06 PM   #1
 
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Exclamation PLEASE HELP! Can Heat Change You Curl Pattern?

I have sever heat damage which makes my hair look like the girl with the puffy hair below only the parts that are straight on her hair, not the little ball but the COMPLETE straightness of her hair, that's my WHOLE head. I am the baby in the picture below and the woman is my mother. I believe my mothers hair is 2C or 3A and my hair is the exact same maybe a little curlier so 3A or 3B some type of 3 lol. But I have had my hair done in the beauty shop (wash, blow dry, hot comb, and flat iron) for every week to every month for about 12 or 13 years. My dad got my hair done at (my mom says) probably the age of 4 or 5. I am 17 now. I am so worried guys. Can all this heat have changed my curl pattern? I am in the process of transitioning, but I just need to know. I know that hair changes with puberty and age and things like that but can it COMPLETELY take me out of type 3 into type 4? (Love type 4 hair, but I cant cant even take care of what I think is type 3 I am really not worthy of type 4) Can heat damage change my curl pattern? Sorry for the long story thank you Sorry the pics are so small but I cant inlarge but my mom had 2c medium texture (closer to fine but not exactly)
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:12 PM   #2
 
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no, heat cant tighten your curl, heat damage loosens your curls. if you are seeing type 4 curls then you are a type 4, not 3.

now if I read wrong and your curl pattern looks looser than normal, than yes that can be caused by heat damage.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:22 PM   #3
 
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Yes, with too much heat and heat damage you can lose your curls completely until the damaged parts no longer curl. If your hair has changed solely based on the heat damage and no other physiological issues then your new growth should grow in curly again if you stop using heat and damaging the hair.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:01 PM   #4
 
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Yep. It can permanently damage your hair. You may lose your curl pattern and get other problems as well (increased porosity, breakage, etc).

Straightening once in a while is usually not THAT bad, however if you do it too often you your hair can be damaged permanently.

And like Ericachristina said, your new hair should be fine, unless your curl pattern has changed due to hormones. Yes curl pattern sometimes changes when you get into puberty, but you're already 17 so I doubt that's the case.

And know this: birth control pills can also have some influence, though I think that's rather rare. Birth control pills are rather light nowadays. None of my friends including myself had any hair change due to birth control. So far I've only seen ONE person on NC.com complain about it.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:46 PM   #5
 
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No im not seeing 4b curls. Actually thats my problem, im not seeing any curls. On the left side it is 2b and the right is 2c but my roots are thick (very thick) and curly/wavy but more curly. Thank you for your help all of you REALLY helped me out because I was stresssin lol thanks
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:09 PM   #6
 
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No im not seeing 4b curls. Actually thats my problem, im not seeing any curls. On the left side it is 2b and the right is 2c but my roots are thick (very thick) and curly/wavy but more curly. Thank you for your help all of you REALLY helped me out because I was stresssin lol thanks
okay I understand now, their are no curls, only waves that dont match your roots. yeah, unfortunately its heat damage, the heat has fried your curls. you'll have to transition as if you had a relaxer

but good news this board is really helpful with that

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Curlycarmel, don't despair! Your hair needs to grow out more in order for the curl pattern to become evident. And curl pattern is highly variable to begin with. It can be affected by weather, product, diet, length, etc. Some people's hair gets curlier as it gets longer so it can clump better and form into ringlets. Other people's hair is curlier when it's short and the weight is off the curl. The first few inches at my roots (except for the front which curls depending on the day or how I style it) are wavy and thick. Then it starts to curl. You might still be the same 2C you were when you were a baby like your mother. If not well, every hair type is beautiful, and there are people here representing each of them so you're in the right place. You're worthy of whatever you wind up with and with a little research you will know how to take care of it. Heat damage can loosen or even kill your curl, yes, but the hair at your roots is completely virgin and safe. As long as you treat it right it will be healthy and beautiful and yours. Just keep trimming the old and growing the new. And do a lot of deep treatments if you can help it. Treat the fried hair very gently and maybe you can coax it back a little.
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Dusalocks, again coming with such great advice! Just an angel !
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I am going through the same thing. When I was in high school, I got my hair done once a week at a salon. I would get it washed, deep conditioned, blown out, then flat ironed. That went on for about two years every week, and I was natural, but alas, when I tried to wear my curls, they wouldn't curl. There were flat, limp and lifeless straight pieces, with my whole left side completely bone straight. I have tried consistent deep conditioning treatments, protein treatments, everything! So now, I am just growing it out. I've learned to deal with it and the heat damaged parts aren't breaking off, so I am just going to keep that up and gradually cut it away.
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I also had heat damage from flat ironing for 4 years. protein treatments have really helped me get curl back. Even after I'd cut all the heat damage hair it still wouldn't curl right (more than before, but not w/a consistent curl pattern).

Also a baby picture that young may not tell you your hair texture at all. My younger siblings were both born with bone straight hair. My brothers started to curl within months and he was probably a 4a/b by the time he was one. My sister's took longer to curl and at 2 yrs old she is moving from 2's to 3's, but my mom always says her hair is how mine was at that age and I think I am 3c 4a/b mixture now (18 yrs old), so who knows what she will end up with? It can takes years for your hair to change.

If you have the kind of heat damage you say, and your hair is in the 3's now, it probably move into 4's once the damage parts are gone and you take care of it.
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Actually i am not seeing type 3 curls. On the left side it is 2b and the right is 2c but my roots are thick (very thick) and curly/wavy but more curly. Type 3 is just what my hair is because as a baby, my hair was 2a/2b so my hair is now type 3. So your right my hair did change but just to type 3 now is it is a b or c i dont remeber because it has been that long. But i do know it is type 3 based of previous hair that hair grown out long enough for me to identify it. Thank you for your help.
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no, heat cant tighten your curl, heat damage loosens your curls. if you are seeing type 4 curls then you are a type 4, not 3.

now if I read wrong and your curl pattern looks looser than normal, than yes that can be caused by heat damage.
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Heat loosens curl pattern. 1 time flat ironing and it loosened by 3c curls in areas, not a lot but enough to where I notice they are not springy spirals they are a little stringy looking. But heat is not going to give you curlier hair
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