Since featuring Brittany, an avid heat training enthusiast, on the website a few weeks ago, I have had few emails and comments suggesting that I give a more balanced view on the subject so here it is!
So what is heat training? From my research online, I have found two definitions for it.
► Using heat often to straighten natural hair so that it does not revert easily in response to atmospheric humidity. Pretty self explanatory and this is probably the more common understanding of heat training.
Virgin black natural hair is notoriously difficult to keep dead straight and will normally start poofing up within hours of being straightened. People however have found that the more they straighten, the longer they can wear it straight without it reverting.
► Using high heat to straighten natural hair with multiple passes to both assist with preventing easy reversion but more importantly to change the texture of the natural hair. Essentially texturizing the hair with heat, also known as Thermal Texturizing. This is heat training as I have come to understand it recently and probably the source of all the controversy.
Ok, right off the bat let’s address the fact that heat training is not a new technique. We are all familiar with the hot combs and Marcels used by our mums and aunties back in the day to straighten their hair, they obviously noticed that their hair did not look quite the same when they next washed it, results that were only more pronounced the more they visited the stylist for yet another press and curl.
I have written before about a friend who would brag about her leave out hair that she used to blend with her straight weave. ‘It doesn’t kink up any more’ she would say happy as Larry! I might add that her hair never grew past shoulder length.
Looking at heat training by the second definition I will use Brittany as an example as many of you have probably watched her videos on the subject but just in case, here she is in her own words on what heat training is and what it is not. My take on it is after the videos.