ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Why I Ditched My Straightener and Embraced My Natural Hair

Updated on May 29, 2017

I remember when I was 16 years old, straighteners had started to become a common thing in Pakistan. The first time I got my big curly hair straightened was on my sister's wedding.

"Wow, is it really you?, your hair looks amazing". I remember smiling through all the compliments that I received. For once, my hair was shiny and smooth. I fact, I could run my fingers through it without getting them stuck! It was then that I decided to buy my own straightener.

Soon after that, I started straightening my hair on every special occasion. Not only this, I started doing so on a daily basis. Years passed by and I noticed little difference in my hair quantity or quality. The only thing I realized was that my curls were going away and this made me very happy.

In college, I ditched the straightening iron and moved to the blow dryer to achieve straight hair. The bounce and the volume that I got after my every day blow dry was one of the best feelings ever.

It all changed one day when I noticed a lot more hair falling off my scalp when I showered. Next, to my horror, I noticed a balding spot right on the front of my head in one of the pictures that my friend took in day light. I was shocked. "What have I done?" I asked myself.

I stopped blow drying my hair and after a week of doing so, I noticed that my curls would just not come back. My hair was not straight, or wavy or curly. It was just a mess. All the heat damage had not just taken away some of my hair, it had ruined the quality of the hair that was still left on my scalp. I went for a big chop and cut my hair shoulder length. To regrow some of my lost hair, I started massaging a mixture of castor and olive oil every other day. I stopped shampooing my hair daily.

One year later, I could see my hair returning to its natural curl pattern. Not only this, I could see new growth on my bald spot. Ditching the straightener and all hot tools had let my hair replenish and recover from all the abuse that I was putting it through. Don't get me wrong, I still blow dry my hair but only when it is extremely important and that too not more than once a month. Obviously 12 blow dries is a lot less damaging than 365 ones in a row :)

I now receive compliments from everyone on my curly hair, and I personally find them beautiful. Not just this, we should all embrace our natural hair because we are all beautiful no matter how different. It is perfectly okay to try different hairstyles now and then but please do not abuse or over work your hair. Just go with the flow and you will love them!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Tzotzos Duck profile image

      Tzotzos Duck 

      17 months ago

      i actually have curly hair and i have learned to take care of them and love them. I think curly hair shows vividness and happiness.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)