How to avoid heat damage when heat-styling your hair (Tips & Tricks)

Now you know us curly girls get that itch for straight hair every once in a while! I was getting tired of constant tangles and just the look of my curls so I started getting ready to straighten it out. I personally don’t get heat-damage that easily and it’s due to all the steps I take before and after blow drying and straightening my hair. I REALLLLY wanted to see how long my hair got or if it even grew since my last haircut so I went straight for the heat!

Step 1: Use a good clarifying shampoo. This step is MAJOR, girl! You don’t want to straighten build-up from old products you’ve put in your hair because it can burn your hair. Make sure to shampoo twice if you want. I personally LOVE my Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo.

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Step 2: DEEP CONDITION with a silicone deep conditioner.The use of silicones helps because it coats the hair and it creates a layer between the heat and your hair follicles. I love the Pantene 2-min Smooth Masque as a silicone DC but I didn’t repurchase it because I wanted to try out silicone-free conditioners for my curly hair. I recently made a CurlMart purchase and got a sample of the Macadamia Nourishing Masque and it had silicones. I applied it to my wet hair and let it sit for 10 min. I rinsed it out and my hair felt coated but it was fine because it has silicones and that’s what silicones does to your hair.

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This is the sample DC I used.

Step 3: Dry your hair completely and apply your choice of heat-protectant. I went for the John Freida Frizz-Ease Serum because it’s packed with silicones and makes my hair soft. I applied a pump of this to my whole hair so it wouldn’t be too greasy.

Step 4: Blow dry your hair on medium heat and high air. If your blow-dryer doesn’t give you an option, just blow dry as usual. Use a brush or even a wide tooth comb to smooth the hair down. I LOVE my Denman Brush for this step because it ensures my hair is all the way smooth. Do this until your hair is straight. It will be a big puff if you have curly hair but don’t worry because the straightener will smooth it out even more. If your hair blow dries straight and smooth, you can decide to dump the straightener and just leave your hair alone at this step.

Step 5: Set your straightener to the heat setting of your choice (nothing above 450 degrees!). I like setting mine to the highest because it helps me not to go over the same strand of hair twice.

Step 6: Section your hair off into 4 or 6 sections (I like 6). Take small pieces of each section and run the straightener through it ONCE! If you run it through a billion times, you will get heat damage! It doesn’t matter if your hair is STICK STRAIGHT, it will blend together at the end and get straighter as the days go by.

Step 7: SHOW OFF THAT LENGTH GIRLLLL! Curly Girls know shrinkage is annoying so that straight hair makes you feel like Rapunzel!

Step 8: Wrap your hair at night or do what you normally do to preserve the style. I personally just put a high-bun on top of my hair and wrap a satin scarf around my edges.

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I never last long with straight hair cause I start missing my curls so I washed my hair after 3 days.

AFTER CARE INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1: Wash your hair with shampoo twice. You will need to shampoo REALLY good because of the serums and silicones you used while straightening.

Step 2: Apply a Protein Treatment. Your hair is weaker now because of all the heat so you need to restore the strength back. I used Aphogee 2 Step Treatment. Follow the direction according to the bottle. I just use the protein part and not the balancing moisturizer because it has terrible ingredients in the moisturizer.

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Step 3: Deep condition because your hair will be dry due to the protein. Make sure to use an extremely moisturizing deep conditioner to restore some moisture back into your hair. I used the Bee Mine Deep Conditioner and left it on with a plastic bag and scarf over my head. I left it on for 3 hours (30min-1 hour should be enough).

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Step 4: Rinse the deep conditioner and style as usual. I styled with the TreLuxe ReFlex serum and CURLS Goddess Curls Gel. I let it airdry to about 80% and diffused it completely dry. I recently learned that if you wait until your hair sets and is almost completely dry, that’s when it’s best to diffuse.

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This is 2nd day hair and yes, it’s frizzy but I’ve been loving the big curly hair for summer. My hair has TON of volume and is as soft as a cloud.

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