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
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.