Tips for Avoiding Heat Damage

Janet Gilbert

Using too much heat strips your hair of its moisture, which leaves an open opportunity for breakage. Overcoming heat damage was one of my biggest hurdles when I first began to transition. Then, I had no idea how much harm I was doing to my hair by using heat tools every day. Yes, everyday! Thankfully, through research and experimenting I was able to find ways to reduce heat damage.  Here are a few helpful tips that could help you also avoid heat damage:

  1. Shampoo your hair before using heat.
  2.  Deep condition for at least 30 minutes. Be sure to rinse the conditioner out good.
  3. Allow your hair to air dry a little before blow drying. Always blow dry on low or medium setting. Remember, too much heat can cause heat damage as well. 
  4. Apply a heat protectant before blow drying. 
  5. If you are going to use a flat iron or curling iron, apply a heat protectant again before using either. Also flat iron your hair on low-medium setting.
  6. Try not to use heat after day one. I usually use flexi rods or rollers instead of using a flat iron to curl my hair every day.
  7. Once you are ready to wash your hair after straightening, deep condition again.

Bonus Tip: 

If you do not feel comfortable using heat, allow a professional hair stylist to apply heat to your hair. But, do not allow just anyone to play in your hair. Ask around and find the right person for the job! 

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