How to Protect Hair from Flat Iron Heat Damage
If you’ve decided to use a flat iron on your natural hair, you’ll need to coat each strand beforehand with a quality heat protectant. Most heat protectants are loaded with chemicals and silicones, but a dosage of these is better than facing heat damage.
A good heat protectant will form a shield around the hair shaft to help you avoid heat contact. Try HSI Professional or Xtava Thermal Heat Protectant Spray for the best results.
Set your flat iron to a low setting. 300-350 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal for kinky hair, but you should also pay attention to the thickness of your strands. Use the lower temperature for fine hair, and higher for coarse natural hair.
Also, you may be tempted to pass the iron over your mane twice to get it bone-straight, but this second pass would expose the hair to more heat. Only use one pass when you’re flat ironing your hair to avoid overheating the strands.
You might be wondering how often you can use heat-styling on your natural hair. The answer depends on the condition of your hair, but it’s best to limit heat usage to special occasions only.
It’s crucial to back up all heat usage with nourishment to counteract any potential dryness or breakage. Be sure to strengthen your curls on your next wash day with a reparative protein treatment and a deep conditioning mask.
Protein will help to fill in the gaps from any possible damage, and the deep conditioner will infuse moisture into your hair.
Now, it’s your turn to discuss. Do you use heat to style your hair, and if so, have you been able to avoid heat damage on natural hair?