Heat damage: How to prevent and repair it

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Here are 6 ways you can protect your natural hair from heat damage.

Direct heat from hair dryers and flat irons can cause hair breakage and loss of natural curl pattern.

But with these tips you can assess and protect the health of your natural hair to avoid heat damage.

I recently got a blowout or silk press, whatever you want to call it. I straighten my hair first, blow dry and then flat iron it.

It was wonderful !!!

You can see this along with tips to keep your natural hair straight longer. I like the versatility of natural hair and so should you.

But I was a little disappointed with the myths and misconceptions that still exist today about heating natural hair.

I wanted to take the time to address them here: 7 myths about heat and heat damage. You do not need to be afraid of heat damage if you follow these tips below.

Understand how much heat is too much

The hair burns or begins to denature at 450F. The temperature is less for fine hair or hair that is weak and damaged. If you are experimenting with heat for the first time, use medium to low heat settings.

And invest in a professional blow-dry like this one from Chi.

Use flat or curling irons with precise temperature gauges such as the CHI Air Expert Classic Tourmaline ceramic flat iron.

Feel your natural hair

Everyone's hair is different. That's why you need to know about your hair and its heat tolerance. Damaged hair is more susceptible to heat damage.

Doing a hair assessment will help you decide whether or not to introduce heat to your regimen. Identify for the condition of the hair by examining softness, hair texture (finer hair structures can be more easily damaged by heat) and elasticity (hair extends without breaking easily).

Prepare your hair

Prepare your hair for heat styling through moisturizing and deep conditioning. Moisturizing and deep conditioning strengthens your natural hair. This also ensures that the scalp is closed and coated for an even look. Before a deep conditioning treatment with a product that builds the natural proteins in my hair like Hair Mayonnaise.

I also like to use coconut oil which prevents damage in 5 different ways.

Use heat protectants

This is the only time I recommend a silicone based product. Heat protection creates a barrier between your hair and heat exposure. Silicones cover the hair and prevent moisture from reaching the hair shaft. This prevents turning, but on the back, it keeps the moisturizer from absorbing the hair so moisture with a light moisturizer before using a heat protectant.

Limit heat exposure

All surplus is harmful and heat is no exception. I do not recommend using direct heat on your natural hair more than once a week. Less if your hair is easily damaged. Start with a small amount of heat to see how the hair reacts or just use medium to low heat when styling.

Have a professional do it

Ok. This is tough because I know many have suffered heat damage from a professional stylist. It's sad but it happens. I recommend that you follow the steps above besides getting a referral to an experienced stylist.

I got a referral from a friend of mine who also has natural hair. I noticed that her stylist blasted and flat ironed her hair without any damage at any time. Although I have seen her work, I did not leave it entirely in her hands. I still have deep conditioning prior to my meeting and ask her to use a heat protectant like Chi Silk Infusion.

How to repair heat damage

Keratin and protein treatments

When hair has been compromised and is no longer as curly as it once appeared, a breakdown of protein and keratin is usually the culprit. This process breaks down the natural curl pattern and leaves the hair fragile and straight. Although the lids pattern may never return to normal, you can begin to restore hair health by performing protein and / or keratin treatments weekly.

My favorite protein and keratin products right now are Agadir Argan Oil Moisturizers with Keratin Protein, Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus, JOICO K Pak Shampoo and Intensive Hydrator (this line also has vacancy in a Reconstructor) and Matrix Biolage Advanced Keratindose Shampoo.

To make sure the balms penetrate to the cuticle and to the center of the shoulder, you want to sit under the dryer. This will also plump and strengthen the threads in compromise areas.

Get frequent trim

When the hair has changed from its natural state, whether through heat or chemical, it will be more prone to split due to depletion of nutrients.

Going without cutting will cause the hair to appear stunted – as if it is not growing and the hair continues to split the shoulder.

It is suggested that, if the hair is damaged, that you get a trim every 8 weeks.

If you continue trimming, you will be less likely to notice a break. Trimming is determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the severity of the injuries.

Protective styling

Remember, recovering from heat damage and / or chemical color damage is like going over again. You have to avoid as much tension as possible on the threads given the integrity has already been compromised. Pamper yourself with a heat-free challenge for about a year to grow your hair without further damage.

Choose flat twisted updates or "Halo Twists", and avoid dense braiding as much as possible, as it can sometimes cause too much tension and cause breakage.

When wearing styles you spray with balm leave like Aphogee ProVitamin Leave In Conditioner, Roux 233 Treatment and Shine or Carol & # 39; s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave In Conditioner.

Before a protective styling, perform a protein treatment to combat borderline crime.

At the end of the day, no one wants to have their curls compromised and weakened. But when that happens, it is important to notice the change and to start repairing quickly.

As mentioned before, the curls may not snap back to where they were before they were injured, but by following these steps you will more than likely be able to move on without having to make a big chop (if that's your decision).

Every situation is different, and because of this truth, I strongly suggest that you seek out a trained professional in your area to get your hair properly assessed.

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