Heat styling can be a useful tool for achieving sleek and versatile looks with natural hair. However, excessive or improper use of heat can lead to damage, dryness, and breakage. To ensure that your natural hair remains healthy and resilient while using heat styling tools, it's important to follow some essential dos and don'ts. There are key guidelines for heat styling natural hair, helping you achieve stunning results without compromising your hair's health. Here are the dos and don'ts of heat styling your natural hair:
The Dos of Heat Styling Natural Hair:
Use Heat Protectants:
Before applying any heat to your natural hair, always use a heat protectant product. Heat protectants create a barrier between your natural hair and the high levels of heat from styling tool, reducing the risk of damage. Look for heat protectants that contain organic ingredients that will help to seal in moisture and create a protective barrier therefore minimizing heat damage.
Start with Clean and Moisturized Hair:
Ensure that your hair is clean and well-moisturized before heat styling. Dry and brittle hair is more susceptible to heat damage and breakage which will affect your length retention. Use the Tailored Beauty Coconut Creme Shampoo and Conditioner. Then, follow up with the Tailored Beauty Moisture Penetrating Leave-In Conditioning Treatment. Next, follow up with your heat protectant as mentioned above.
Use Adjustable Heat Settings: Invest in heat styling tools that allow you to adjust the temperature. Different hair textures require different levels of heat. Lower heat settings are generally recommended for natural hair to prevent excessive damage. Start with the lowest heat setting and gradually increase if needed.
Apply Heat in Moderation: Heat styling should be done in moderation to minimize the risk of damage. Limit the frequency of heat styling sessions and opt for alternative styles that don't require heat. Or find heat free way to stretch your natural hair such as braids, blow drying or even a twist out. You don't need to be applying heat every week as your hair will suffer as the curls become limp, don't absorb as much product as it use to, and is always dry.
The Don'ts of Heat Styling Natural Hair:
Don't Use High Heat Settings:
Avoid using excessively high heat settings on your natural hair, as this can cause severe damage and weaken the hair strands. High temperatures can lead to dryness, breakage, and loss of curl pattern. Stick to lower to medium heat settings when you're starting your heat styling journey. You will be able to gauge how much heat your hair can handle as we all have different textures. Additionally, you can increase the temperature if you deem it necessary and the health of your hair.
Don't Apply Heat to Damp or Wet Hair:
Never apply heat styling tools to damp or wet hair. Excessive heat on wet hair can lead to irreversible damage, including heat bubbles or breakage. Ensure that your hair is completely dry before using any heat styling tools. It is recommended to air dry and stretch your hair before you apply any heat tools. As well as, you can use your blowdryer on 'cool' air as it will dry the hair without causing any damage.
Don't Overdo Heat on the Same Section:
Exposing the same section of hair to heat for an extended period can lead to damage. Limit the amount of time heat is applied to each section. Move the heat styling tool continuously through your hair to distribute heat evenly. 'One good pass' is enough for your natural hair, then move unto the next.
Don't Forget to Deep Condition: Regular deep conditioning treatments are crucial for maintaining the health and moisture balance of your natural hair. Our Tailored Beauty Moisture Penetrating Deep Conditioner Treatment contains a premium herbal blend of Fenugreek Powder and Bhringaraj Oil. This conditioner has the right amount of slip and nutrients to reduce breakage, restore damaged strands, and aid in length retention. Deep conditioning helps to replenish moisture and repair any heat-related damage.
Heat styling can be a convenient way to achieve various hairstyles with natural hair. By following the dos and don'ts of heat styling, you can protect your hair from damage and maintain its health and vitality. Remember to prioritize moisture, use heat protectants, moderate your use of heat, and explore heat-free styling alternatives. With proper care and attention, you can enjoy the benefits of heat styling while keeping your natural hair strong, hydrated, and beautiful.