I put on a new pair of shoes last night and strutted my way down No Heat Challenge Lane. I have tried this ONCE before and failed terribly. I hadn’t thought it through nor did I get my heat required looks out of my system. I had the urge to straighten my hair for my 25th birthday and I did just that. I cracked and had no shame. This time around, I am ready to see all the benefits of excluding all forms of heat out of my hair regimen. It may seem like the end of the world, but there are definitely lots of benefits when taking such a hug leap in your hair journey. All you need is the number one ingredient when dealing with your hair, and that’s patience. Create a curl cocktail on the rocks with 2 shots of patience, a drizzle of awareness, 2 pumps of moisture, and a handful of variety for a fun filled No Heat Challenge!
Last night I did a length check in the back lower “kitchen” area of my head and it measured out to be 7 1/4 – 1/12 inches. I decided to document the process along this journey for motivation- because Lord knows I will be tempted to pick up my blow dryer. My only thing I will miss will be my blow dryer. It gives me CRAZY volume QUICK although if I take my on advice with patience, I’ll be able to do the same thing over time. But, I am always pressed for time. This means planning things accordingly aka doing my hair the night before- annoying lol.
One thing is for certain, when you use any for of heat after putting products in your hair, the products have been altered. I am excited to see how my products react to air drying. I know you guys are wondering what are some benefits of this challenge, I am here to fill you in. Grab a pen and pad to take notes.
0% chance of ADDED heat damage
This one was a no brainer right? Right. However, with the lack of heat usage, you have no need to worry about those straight strands that throw us in a frenzy after going bone straight for date night. Heat is one less thing you have to worry about. When removing this from your natural hair regimen, you have to highlight the concerns in other areas. Say goodbye to heat damage and hello to texture lessons.
A chance to learn and love your texture
This no heat challenge is like a transition within itself. Not as extreme as going from relaxed to natural, but along those lines. You have to first KNOW your texture and it’s needs. See your hair for who it is without the extra added sugars.
- Try a few new samples on your hair
- Show your true texture – let it be free
- Embrace the “air dry”
- Master moisture
MORE! MORE! MORE!
- A chance to try more styles
- Thickness will increase
- Helps retain length
- Less split ends
- Less breakage
- Less stress trying to lock in moisture after blow drying / diffusing
It is very important that you educate yourself throughout your journey. Surf the web and see what exactly your hair texture needs.
Step one: hide all of your heating tools. This includes the blow dryer with your finger on the trigger.
Step 2: gather all your heat related products and put them in a bag
Step 3: find your favorite stylers and place them front and center and be ready to be the REAL you!
Say good bye to MORNING* Wash n’ Go’s! Manage your time wisely, do your hair at night before bed.
How to stay motivated? Follow me Janae_Raquel via Instagram
for my catalogue of styles thoughout my journey.
I’ll be trying comb outs, twist outs, braids outs, bun’s, protective styles etc.
What this challenge doesn’t do:
Repair heat damage
It is very important that you remove any damaged hair before stepping in this challenge head first. You don’t want to alter your success in the long run. Take a step back, snip, and start fresh.
Feel free to chat with me on Twitter @Janae_Raquel ! I would love to hear your story!
Are you ready to show your true curls? LET’S GO!