5 Tips To Prevent Heat Damage to Your Hair


Although some of us would never apply heat to our hair even with a ten foot dryer handle :D, some of us are more liberal with the use of heat on our hair. If you belong to the latter category,

you must take special care to avoid heat damage which is veeeeeeeeery undesirable. Here are a few tips to keep your hair healthy even when applying heat to it.

ALWAYS use a heat protectant.

I can’t over emphasize how important this is. Even when exposing your hair to the very hot sun, it must be protected.
There are various synthetic heat protectants available which may be great. However I use shea butter, which does a great job of preventing heat damage. Coconut oil is also a great alternative.

Moisturize your hair before you apply heat.

Pleeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaase don’t ever apply heat on to dry hair. Heat appliances (e.g. blow driers, hair straighteners) remove moisture from your hair. If you have little or no moisture in your hair already, you may have to deal with hair breakage and dry hair. So please moisturize your hair before the heat.

Check out: 5 Reasons Why Your Natural Hair is Dry and
7 Reasons Why Your Hair is Breaking + Solutions

Deep condition before and after heat application

I would strongly recommend deep conditioning before because deep conditioned hair is stronger and less susceptible to breakage. Deep conditioning after using heat will serve to restore it the strength of your hair.

Turn down the heat

Using the low heat setting on your blow dryer or flat iron is usually best. It may take a longer period of time, but preventing heat damage will be much better for your hair in the long run.

Don’t apply the heat directly on your hair

Try not to apply the heat too close to your hair. The farther away from the hair, the better.

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Nimi ❤

Published by Natural Nimi

I am a medical student residing in Lagos, Nigeria. I have worn my hair natural(unpermed) since 2013, and here I share my experiences. I'm not perfect, but I believe that natural is a journey on which we are constantly learning. 

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  1. Hi Nimi, this is Michael. Greetings from the best hairstylist Sydney. You have post really very informative information. Great work, keep posting such content on your blog. Thanks


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