Olivia - Oct 02
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How to Care For Natural Hair When Using Heat
Afro and curly hair are one of the most delicate hair types. Despite looking voluminous, each strand is extremely delicate and requires plenty of TLC. Although using heat on natural hair is not recommended regularly, one of the most asked questions is how to straighten natural hair without heat damage.
When done in the right way, those with curly locks can rock new hairstyles for afro hair and protect their natural texture at the same time. Experimenting with your hair does not mean that you love your curls any less. As long as you treat your hair kindly and be mindful, why not have the best of both worlds?
So, is there such a thing as straighteners for afro hair? Can you use heat without damaging your curls? In this blog, we answer all of your questions and more.
HOW CAN HEAT AFFECT NATURAL HAIR?
When you use heat without a natural hair heat protectant or the right tools, afro hair can react badly. For one, you may notice a change in your curl pattern, for example, ringlets may turn to loose curls or parts of your hair may turn completely straight. Furthermore, heat can dry out your hair. Afro hair is already naturally dry as oils have a difficult time making their way down the curling strands. Therefore, adding heat can dry out the hair even more if it isn’t kept hydrated. But, by knowing how heat can affect your curls, you are more mindful of how you are treating it and can make changes accordingly for healthy, soft hair.
What can you do to protect curly hair from heat damage? So, now you understand a little more about how heat can affect your curls, it’s time to learn how to prevent it. When trying out new hairstyles for afro hair, you must protect your scalp and the lengths of your hair, especially when using heat. You want your hair to be in good condition once you wash it after straightening. Establishing a good hair care routine will help as well as a few extra steps when using heat. Here are some top tips that you can follow:
Keep your hair strong and healthy. If you want to learn how to straighten natural hair without heat damage, then you must keep your hair in good condition. Afro hair that is already weak will not do well under heat based tools. But strong hair does not happen overnight. Use the right products, cleanse your scalp well, moisturize your ends and use protective styles for afro hair in-between heated styles.
Use a natural hair heat protectant. When it comes to using heated styling tools, all hair types require a heat protectant. This is a style prep serum or spray which is lightly applied to your natural hair before using heat. Creating a barrier between your hair and the tool, it will seal in moisture and seal the hair’s cuticle to prevent damage. You can pick these up at your local drugstore or use natural oils that you may have at home for touchable soft hair.
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When you do your research and pay a little bit more for your styling tools, your hair will reap the benefits. Professional straighteners for afro hair are designed with healthy hair in mind. At Gallas Hair Tools, our Sleek Hair Straightener prevents damage with features such as advanced Infrared and Negative-Ion technologies for smooth styling and adjustable heat settings for greater control. Investing in prod
GIVE YOUR HAIR A BREAK. You have to strike the right balance when you’re using your heat. Curls and coils need time to breathe and recover, so limit the amount of heat you use. This will give your curl pattern a chance to rebalance so it remains strong. It’s all about being sensible with your heat usage and giving your hair regular breaks. If you’re constantly straightening your afro hair then damage is inevitable so be mindful and your curls will continue to flourish!
So now you know how to achieve safe hairstyles for afro hair don’t be afraid to experiment. Follow our top tips and protect your curls. From bouncy blowouts to sleek looks, have fun with your hair and wave goodbye to damage!
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