Tips on How I Prevent Heat Damage

April 23, 2015

photoDid you know that human hair burns at approximately 451° Fahrenheit? That’s correct! This is the maximum temperature that your standard flat iron reaches which is only recommended based upon the texture and health of your hair.  Using too much heat on your hair can lead to a brittle, dry and damaged mane that in some cases can not be repaired. You should always make sure to do all that is possible to prevent heat damage whenever direct heat is used. Here are a few tips that work for me!

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•  Straightening hair can be a very drying process so prior to using any heated devices; whether it be a blow dryer, hooded dryer, flat iron, or curling iron, I ALWAYS make sure my hair has been deep conditioned and rid of any product build-up. If I know I plan on wearing my hair straight, I follow-up my shampoo with a moisturizing deep conditioner. Some that I love to use are:
a. One n Only’s Argan Oil Restorative Mask
b. Miss Jessie’s Super Sweetback Treatment
c. Organic Root Stimulator’s Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner

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•  I only blow dry my hair on MEDIUM (never HOT) settings. You can also choose to blow dry on COOL or even letting your hair air dry. Too much hot air can cause the left over water in your strands to boil and form bubbles. This will lead the hair to eventually weaken and end up  breaking off at the bubble’s point or near by it. Another way of preventing this is by using protein treatments to strengthen the hair’s cortex. I always suggest ApHogee’s Intensive Two Minute Reconstructor.

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•  Don’t let your heated tool sit in one place for too long. By doing this you’ll be creating hot spots and potentially melting off your hair along its length. Bless her heart, but let’s prevent ending up like her.

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•  You should always and I mean always apply a heat/thermal protectant prior to blow-drying and flat ironing. Be cautious that too much product can wear the hair down and make it appear greasy. When flat ironing, I’d try to refrain from using a protectant that may be water-based as this can cause sizzling and popping that then allows those bubbles to form and lead to breakage. Be sure to look at the ingredients before purchasing.

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Cordless-Flat-Irons-3•  Know the right temperature settings for your hair type. I found this chart from besthairstraighteners.co to be pretty on key especially for use with flat and/or curling irons. You shouldn’t have to make more than 3 passes on one section when using a flatiron.

 

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•  Last but not least, your hair doesn’t have to be bone straight each and every time. Give the heat a break! If you’re going to the hair salon and you usually get the wash & set, blow and flat iron combination—ask your stylist to wrap your hair after you take your rollers out or even just blowing out the roots. Flat hair isn’t voluminous hair and every girl loves a little “Va-Va-Voom”!


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