I have been on a no heat journey all of 2018 and so far it has been going well. I used to always press my hair and I had some sections that had heat damage. So, I cut all the heat damage ends off little by little every time I washed my hair. After I got about 95% of the damaged hair cut off, I started my no heat journey. My daughter was my main inspiration. My hair used to always be out and curly like hers and seeing her inspired me to bring it back. So far, I am 8 months in and my hair is so much thicker and healthier.
In the early part of the year, I was wearing weave to help the no heat journey go by easier. After I wore it weaved up for a few months, I switched to my infamous Mel bun, a low/high ponytail, braids, etc. While protective styles like braids, locs, and twists have been around for centuries, they have now really become “the thing”. Ever since I was younger, straight hair was considered special-occasion hair. It wasn’t until right after my college years that I finally began to see styles like Havana twists and Fulani braids represented. But really, protective styles are more than a trend—they’re black-girl magic personified. Not only are they relatively low-maintenance, but they’re also a reminder of who I am and where my people came from. Protective styles are perfect because they not only protect your hair from heat, but they add so much variation to your look.
Check out some of my favorite styles:
Ponytail with Hair Added:
What are your favorite protective go to styles?