Un-Natural Hair Obsessions

A natural hair journey can be filled with excitement and intrigue but it is not without its downside.  Damage, breakage and other set-backs can yield some strange obsessions on our pursuit of healthy hair.

I have heard of women taking so much Biotin to get their hair to grow that it caused the “biotin beard” horrible facial breakout of pimples/zits. Check out this story from Lola’s Green Hair.

Or those who used Mane Tail Groom, a product designed for horses in an effort to strengthen their hair.  See this post from Quest for the Perfect Curl.

Then there are those who “hibernate” their hair under protective style for months for fear that if their ends are “out ” it can cause hair suicide. Follow Tola’s 6 month protective style journey here.

As for me, I am terrified of heat damage.  Because of this fear I only straighten my hair twice a year and I will only allow 1 heating element to be used in the process; either a flat iron or a blow dryer but not both.  The irony in this is that for the first 6 months of my transition I straightened my hair regularly and saw no ill effects. 

Yes, this quest for longer, stronger, healthier hair can cause us to do some crazy things.  What un-natural hair obsessions do you suffer from?

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4 thoughts on “Un-Natural Hair Obsessions

  1. I am scared of heat damage as well. My hair has not seen a flat iron or blow dryer since I began transitioning (that’s more than 2 years ago). I BCed a little over a year ago and thought I could work up the nerve to flat iron on my year anniversary. I thought wrong. I don’t think that I’ll ever be able to straighten my hair.

  2. I’m also afraid of heat damage. I haven’t straightened my hair since 1999. (I also don’t like my hair straight). I can count the number of times that I have used a blow dryer. I experienced a lot of damage from heat when my hair was relaxed, so I haven’t tried it much since.

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