5 Ways to Avoid Heat Damage

5 Ways to Avoid Heat Damage

Here are 5 Ways You Can Protect Your Natural Hair From Heat Damage.  Direct heat from blow dryers and flat irons can cause hair breaking damage. But with these tips you can assess and protect the health of your natural hair.

Know Your Natural Hair

Everyone’s hair is different.  It is for this reason that you must know your hair and its heat tolerance.  Damaged hair is more susceptible to heat damage. Doing a hair assessment will help you determine whether or not you should introduce heat to your regimen. Identify for your hair’s condition by examining softness, hair texture (some people with fine hair feel their hair is ease damaged by heat) and elasticity (does your hair stretch far without breaking).

Prepare Your Hair

Prepare your hair for heat styling by moisturizing & deep conditioning.  Moisturizing and deep conditioning will strengthen your natural hair. This also ensure that the hair cuticle is closed and coated for a smooth look.  Before a heat treatment I deep condition with a product that build the natural proteins of my hair like Hair Mayonnaise.

Use Heat Protectant

This is the only time that I recommend a silicone based product.  Heat protectant creates a barrier between your hair and heat exposure.  Silicones coat the hair and prevent moisture for reaching the hair shaft.  This prevents reversion but on the flip side it keeps moisturizers from absorbing your hair so moisturize with a light moisturizer before using a heat protectant.

Limit Heat Exposure

Anything in excess is detrimental and heat is no exception.  I wouldn’t recommend using direct heat on your natural hair anymore than once a week.  Less if your hair is easily damaged. Start off with a small amount of heat or use medium heat when styling.

How do you avoid heat damage?


5 thoughts on “5 Ways to Avoid Heat Damage

  1. nappy headed black girl

    I avoid it by not using heat lol

    These are great tips but honestly, you never know how your hair will react, even if you’ve done it a thousand times and use a protectant.

    That being said, I agree that knowing your hair is of utmost importance. What works for one may not work for you.

    1. Tamara Post author

      Unfortunately, no. Once its damage you can gradually cut it but the damage hair has to be cut off for your hair to grow strong and healthy again.


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