After we’ve spent months caring for our beautiful natural hair we usually are excited to flat iron. Why? Because we can see our hair growth! Most naturals flat iron during the winter months when the season is cooler. The cooler weather doesn’t allow frizz to happen once our hair is out. Flat ironing your hair has a bad rep within the natural hair community because it can cause heat damage. However, if you take the necessary steps to care for your hair before then your hair will be fine. It’s all in the preparation.
Steps to take when straightening your hair:
Shampoo: Ensure to cleanse your hair prior to straightening it. You want to give your hair a deep cleanse using a cleanser or shampoo with sulfates. It will remove all the product build-up, dirt and debris that you acquired for a clean state.
Condition: Once your hair is clean it needs moisture. Moisture is key to prevent heat damage. As well as, keep your hair moisturised while it is straight. Also, once the conditioner is in ensure to detangle your hair thoroughly with a comb. Once your hair is knot-free and tangle-free it will be easier to blow dry and flat iron.
Moisturise: Lightly moisturise your hair prior to heat styling. Don’t be too heavy handed with products because your hair will be greasy as it goes through the flat iron. Therefore, the results will be frizzy with no sleek.
Blow Dry: After you’ve rinsed out the conditioner it is time to blow dry. Separating your hair into sections will allow the blow drying process to go smoother. Blow drying your hair will allow your hair to be sleek for the flat ironing process. Please ensure to use a heat protectant on your tresses section by section to avoid heat damage.
Flat Iron: The final step is to flat iron! This step is key depending on the technique that you use your hair will be sleek. When flat ironing your hair ensure to do it in really small sections. The smaller the section, the sleeker the results. You can choose to lightly spritz your blow dried hair prior to flat ironing for extra protection. You can choose to use a flat iron or electric brush, whichever you prefer.
How to Avoid Heat Damage:
We all don’t like heat damage because it’s not cute to walk around with a mixture of straight and curly strands. So what do we do? Ensure we don’t get it! Here are a few tips and tricks to avoid heat damage:
1. Use a heat protectant that contains oils that will absorb the heat.
2. In addition to conditioning, you can deep condition your tresses prior with a protein or deep treatment. This will keep your strands fortified while undergoing heat styling.
3. When applying the heat styling tools remember to part your hair into sections to reduce the heat damage
4. Do not do more than 3 passes per mini section.
5. Lastly, do not flat iron your hair every week. Ensure to give your hair a break so that your hair can recover.