May Hair Challenge! NO HEAT!


May is here already and I have decided to challenge myself on many fronts! My diet has been tweaked as a few of my friends and I have decided to loose 5kg this month! So help us Lord! A better diet and more water intake is bound to improve my hair, so that's an added bonus.

Hair wise I'm challenging myself as well as you my dear readers to totally avoid  any kind of HEAT all month long. No blow drying, thonging, straightening or even roller setting! Zero heat! 

Heat has been proven to be really bad for your hair and those quick heat fixes; a straightening process today, curls from your thong tomorrow add up in a bad way by drying out your hair and making it brittle and prone to breakage; yes even with a heat protectant and believe it or not there are better heat less styling methods that create the same results as heat methods. Let's explore them this month!

To get my hair straighter without heat  this month I will try wrapping my hair like this
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But switching the direction of the wrap is important so you do not apply too much pressure on your edges. I would have shown you guys how to do it myself but I'm exhausted however if you need me to illustrate how I wrap my hair let me know below and I will oblige you :)

To be honest just the process of moisturizing and sealing my hair makes it straighter. Also I heard Henna makes hair straighter so I tried it last weekend and all I'll say is my hair feels more manageable, not necessarily straighter though and I loooooveeee the red tint it gave my hair! 

It was worth the shot, will be trying Henna again!

For curls, you can go heat less and still have great bouncy curls! How? Well there are the Flexi rods people use which I must say are super uncomfortable to sleep on! Instead of them I use satin foam rollers.

 I saw these at Sally's and I decided to just try them out and I must say I was blown away by the beautiful result! The satin kept my curls from drying and frizzing out and they formed into soft spirals as though I used a curling Iron! Really love them and I recommend them over the Flexi rods for the comfort I experienced while sleeping since they are foam and the satin that did not dry out my hair. See results below!


A day after, curls were still there just a bit relaxed since I combed them out; in fact I joked that my hair was some Brazilian hair weave to a friend and she bought it!

If you want beach wave curls you can always try out the braid out from my 'stretching;what,how and why' post

So you see, you have quite some options in terms of styling without heat thus there's no excuse. Get on board this challenge and let's see how well our hair will fare without heat through out the month of May and stay tuned for other challenges in the coming months. Thanks for stopping by!

Dabs

10 comments:

  1. I have been off heat for a while now and been trying to retouch just twice in a year. Imust confess, it has been rewarding. My go-to-non-heat-hairstyle is Bantu Knots. I tell you, that stuff is the truth! I just spray my hair with my oil and water mixture, part my hair into like 7-8 parts, twist each and roll them around. Then I wrap my satin scarf for the night and by noon the next day, I unravel it. There isnt a hairstyle that I havent rocked with it, from sidefro, to full fro, to mohawk....Bantu knots is the truth! lol

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    1. Oh Bantu knots! I forgot about those, my sister loves them! I think the curls they make a bit too tight for me but yeah they are a great styling option, thanks for your comment :)

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  2. Very lovely hair. You are the only relaxed lady I know that treats her hair the way natural ladies do.

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    1. Thanks a lot :) I hope I can inspire more relaxed Naija ladies to care for their hair like this, it's worth it.

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  3. Heat can be very damaging, Bendy Rods are always the way to go for curls but if you find a great way to straighten hair without heat Do tell!!

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  4. Hi, love what you are doing with relaxed hair, you have inspired me to take d bold step in growing my hair. Need to ask some few questions tho! First, when you say no heat, is hand dryer inclusive? Secondly, someone told me to use honey and hair mayonnaise for my hair and now it seems like my hair is breaking!!! Nd help!!! Thirdly, pls can u give me specifics of what hair products to buy to help in this journey i am joining you on, i stay in abuja so i would prefer products that are easily available cos they dont really have variety here. Tnx Dabs....

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    1. Thanks Ms MizChief, almost all the products are use and recommend are everday products, the natural ones like Shea butter, coconut oil etc can be found in the market, olive oil, mayonnaise etc too can be found in the market or shops like Amigos. Just check around and remember to use products that work for you, because of you I wil work on a post on finding the right hair products.

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    3. No heat means absolutely no heat oh, instead of using a blow dryer, air dry your hair. Honey and hair mayo is good as a protein treatment, surprised your hair had that reaction, it could be something else... Thanks for your comment

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  5. Hi Dabs, nice work with your blog. Please I would love to buy the satin foam rollers. Please let me know if you have those for sale. I'm trying to avoid heat styling as much as possible.

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