Now that fall is here and winter is approaching, many women opt to wear their hair straight and sleek because it is easier to manage during the cooler seasons or it's simply time to change with the seasons...You know the curls in the summer and straight/wavy look during the winter thing?!
Well, here are 5 easy ways to avoid damage while rocking straight hair. As a bonus, I included Kelsey's hair straightening process below. I believe she has a great straightening process that will help prevent heat damage when executed properly. Enjoy!
1. Use a protein treatment and moisturizing conditioner before flat ironing
Assess your hair to determine the type of protein treatment to use. Click here for more information on protein treatments and great moisturizing conditioners.
2. Use 2 layers of heat protectant during your straighten process.
First, use a cream or serum protectant before blow drying your hair. Then, follow-up with a spray during your flat ironing process. Here are some suggestions:
- Chi Silk Infusion
- TRESemme Heat Tamer Spray
- It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product
- OGX Ever Straight - Brazilian Keratin Therapy Flat Iron Spray
3. Flat iron in small sections, employ the chase method using a bristle brush or fine tooth comb, and minimize the amount of passes used to flat iron your hair
Using these methods will enable you to get smoother silkier hair without having to apply excessive amounts of heat to your hair.
4. Be mindful of the temperature of your flat iron.
The truth is each hair texture has different heat tolerance levels - i.e. different textures can handle different amounts of heat. That being said, you really need to know and understand the structure of your hair to avoid heat damage.
Starting Points for Newbies:
- If you have normal textured hair, I would start low - like 300 degrees and go up depending on the thickness of your strands, overall density of your hair, and how sleek you want your hair. If you have thin or fine hair, you may want to start at 250-275 degrees and adjust accordingly.
- Test Your Flat Iron: A good way to determine whether your flat iron is too hot is by flat ironing a sheet of paper towel. If it gets brown or burns, that’s a sign that your flat iron it too hot and will likely cause heat damage. If not, you are good to go!
5. Invest in a good flat iron
Ceramic, titanium, and tourmaline flat irons are great to use. I use a ceramic flat iron made with ceramic plates because it is the only type of flat iron that has not damaged my hair. Here are a few characteristics of each type of flat iron.
- Ceramic plates allow for an even distribution of heat.
- Using ceramic plates reduce the chance of suffering from heat damage.
- CAVEAT: You should buy a ceramic flat iron whose plates are made fully out of ceramic and not just coated with ceramic.
- Titanium plates heat up and transfer faster than ceramic and tourmaline flat irons.
- Reduced chance of sustaining heat damage if used properly.
- Leaving plates on hair to long will result in heat damage
- Tourmaline flat irons natural produce negative ions, which enables hair to look shiny without damage and straightens the hair quickly – reducing the chance of sustaining heat damage.
Check out this AMAZING straightening process demonstrated by Kelsey from the GlamTwins334 YouTube Channel!!!