Whether you’re fully natural, transitioning or have chemically altered the state of your hair, (dying, relaxer or texturizer) it’s important to be conscious of how much heat you are using on your hair.
Too much can be dangerous for your hair!
Maybe you’ve been rockin’ that curly hairstyle for a while now. Shrinkage is killin’ your style, so you want to give your hair some length. Or maybe you just want to switch up from your normal routine? So, what do you do you?
Dig out that blow dryer, flat-iron and/or pressing comb, out of your bathroom drawer or under the sink, right?! But wait, STOP! You don’t want to end up having to cut all that hard work you put into growing your hair due to heat damage. Although it may look lovely when you shake your beautiful, straight n’ lovely hair, excessive straightening or curling, equals damage.
One important thing is to make sure that you’re using the lowest setting possible and using a heat protectant or thermal protectant can help.
Listen when your hair gives you signs of distress such as:
- Excessive shedding
- Bad split ends
- Dry hair
But not only flat irons, curling irons and pressing combs can damage your hair. Be careful with your blow dryer setting. Rather than setting it on super high and hot, to get done faster, try to towel dry as much as possible so that it doesn’t take much to dry your hair.
This Gold N Hot Blow Dryer above has 3 settings that help with this.
Watch that setting on your flat-iron! Use ceramic or titanium plated irons with a dial setting. Click here for best flat irons!
To give your hair a break, try braids, twists or flexi-rod styles that are always convenient ways to keep your hands off the heat tools and prevent further possible breakage.
Bottom line is the less heat, the better!
So, if your hair can’t take the heat (no pun intended), it’s better to just stay up out the kitchen (or bathroom)! Check out the videos below for awesome heatless styling techniques:
Text by Nicole Alicia, contributing writer for GorgeousInGrey.com