30 Days without Heat Challenge Results

Wow! My how time does fly. It seems like only yesterday that October started. Now here we are officially in the fall season, Thanksgiving is a little more than three weeks away, snow has started to fall in the NC mountains (so thankful I don't live there), and the 30 Days without Heat Challenge has ended.

A little over a year ago going more than a week without using direct heat probably would have given my hives. Now that I am striving for healthy hair going without my blow dryer or flat iron is no biggie. In fact, it's become my new normal.

See the results on my relaxed hair from participating in a 30 days without heat challenge. | arelaxedgla.com

The Challenge

This 30 Days without Heat Challenge was hosted by Relaxed Thairapy, Just Grow Already, and Grow It Girl and consisted of not using any direct heat tools (flat irons, curling irons, blow dryers, hot combs, etc.) for the month of October. Excessive use of direct heat typically results in dry, dull hair, split ends, and breakage.

I have been on an unofficial break from direct heat for a while but participated in the challenge making it an official break. I've noticed that taking this break from the blow dryer and flat iron has allowed my hair to thrive.

What I Did

To participate in the challenge I did the following:

Used my hooded dryer to dry my hair

I mostly used the high air/cool heat setting which doesn't dry out my hair. I prefer to use my hooded dryer due to my hair is not a fan of air drying.

Used my conditioning cap for prep-pooing

I did this for all of my wash days except the last one for the month of October. My hair always feels so good after I pre-poo with the Hot Head conditioning cap and it's a heat safe way to condition my hair.

Wore heat-free styles

I did one braid out, wore buns and several tucked under ponytails.

The hair tools I didn't use during a 30 day no heat challenge | arelaxedgal.com 

The Results

  • My hair held moisture longer
  • No split ends to report
  • No major breakage (hey I'm on a relaxer stretch right now so some breakage isn't avoidable)
  • My hair looks and feels thicker
  • I've been mistaken for being natural! This is a funny one. I've had a few people question if I'm natural due to the texture they see in my hair. The way the question was asked it seemed like they were anticipating that I'd be offended, but I just laughed and told them I am relaxed, but I don't get my hair relaxed bone straight and I don't flat iron my hair often.

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30 Days without Heat Challenge Results 30 Days without Heat Challenge Results Reviewed by Leah | A Relaxed Gal on 05 November Rating: 5


  1. Hi Leah, thank you for sharing your results of the challenge. This challenge really worked in your favor. No split ends? Wow, wish I can say that. You're definitely doing all the right things. Thank you for joining us on this challenge.

    1. Yep. I was able to avoid split ends. Thank you for hosting the challenge!


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