30 Day No Heat Hair Challenge: Outcome

Thursday, August 30, 2012

At the beginning of August I set myself the challenge of using no heat of my hair for thirty days. I have to say, this was harder than I expected! I'm attempting to get my hair into the best condition possible to give it the best chance of growing out- I don't want to have to rely on my extensions so much. As much as I love them, clipping bits of hair onto my head every morning is a massive chore. Along with trying to cut out heat styling tools for the month, I've been regularly deep conditioning my hair and generally trying to look after it as much as possible.

I think I did quite well with this challenge. Walking around with wet hair after a shower or bath is pretty horrible, and it meant planning ahead every time I needed to be somewhere. I'd say I dried my hair maybe three times in the month because I had to rush out of the house and didn't have time to wait for my hair to dry. I only used straighteners once, and that was just so I could measure my hair at the one month mark, it's grown half an inch which is apparently the standard rate that hair grows. It's not worth updating with a picture yet as it's hardly noticeable, but you can see the growth by my fringe. As well as growing my hair I'm also growing out my full fringe, after just one month it's already over my eyes. 


This is usually the length I get really sick of it and cut it back in, but this time I'm determined to grow it. I haven't even been wearing it to the side, but completely clipping it back out of the way so there's no temptation to go running back to the scissors. After this month my hair does feel very healthy and in good condition, but the deep conditioning probably accounts for a lot of that. A few years ago I used to treat my hair terribly (for someone that already has straight hair I'd sit straightening it for twenty minutes every morning, try working that one out) and I'd also curl it for nights out, backcomb it and dry it with the hairdryer every single day. Yes, I was a serial hair washer on top of all of my other hair sins, it's a wonder it wasn't in even worse condition than it was. Because I only really use the hairdryer now with heat protectant, I doubt the heat I used on my hair was all that damaging anyway and so stopping using didn't have any hugely noticable results. Overall I'd say that although heat is definitely bad for your hair, in moderation it will most likely be fine as long as you use a heat protectant. Since doing this challenge I'm going to try and cut down on heat as much as possible, but I'm not going to change my whole routine just to avoid it or feel bad if I need to quickly get ready and dry my hair.

Do you think that you could live without heat styling tools for a month? 

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12 comments

  1. You have really nice hair Stacey. I m sure it must look nice even without using any heat appliances :)

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  2. I agree with the above comment (Goga) I'm jealous of your hair! haha. I'd say that I could probably do it for a month...maybe ;)

    vividskies.blogspot.co.uk

    xxxxxx

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  3. You have great hair! That is a tough challenge to do, I should try it

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    1. Thank you, it's just so fine I feel like there's nothing to it without extensions. Let me know if you try the challenge :) x

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  4. Well done! I think you look lovely with your fringe back- you can see your eyes which are really pretty :)
    eleanorgrace95.blogspot.co.uk
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    1. thanks Eleanor :) I just feel so exposed without my fringe, had it all my life near enough (other than the time I had a bleaching disaster and half snapped off so had to wear it back for a few weeks haha.) Starting to get used to it a bit more now I think, but can't wait until its the length I want x x

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  5. Your hair looks lovely! Thought I'd let you know I've nominated you for a Liebster Award :) xx

    http://scolvinbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. are you growing out your bangs? They're so cute and chic! I've been heat free for a few months now. Love your hair color! By the way, i'm following you now courtesy of the bloghop! Great blog! I hope you'll visit my blog and follow me too!

    http://www.thedumpyduchess.com

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  7. Hey,
    I found your blog because you follow The curvy guru blog and I thought I would check out a few other Bloggers that follow her. She has great style and I really like yours as well. You have an awesome blog and this post is great! It would be cool if we could follow each other!
    If you have facebook, I would be so grateful if you could like my page: http://www.facebook.com/newyorkdoll

    Let me know what you think and if you wanted to do a link share as well that would be fantastic, as exchanging links helps bring traffic to both of us!
    Aimee: http://www.new-yorkdoll.blogspot.com
    xxx

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  8. I am lucky that it is dry enough where I live that hair dries pretty quickly. I would prefer not to use any heat but it has been years since I have cut my hair and I need to use the iron to smooth and curl the splitty ends.

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  9. Ive tried no heat this month and its been surprisingly easy! I want to last for as long as I can, trying to do different hairstyles each week so I don't get bored :)

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