How I Tame My Tresses Without Heat Damage
I'm about to get Ganja Braids but I need to make sure my hair is straightened before going to the hair stylist! As a naturalista, I want to make sure I'm not damaging my curls, so here's how I tame my tresses without heat damage.
Music: Musiq X For The Night (Falcon Edit)
Step One: Clarifying Shampoo
Before adding any heat to hair, the first important step is to remove any buildup. A clarifying shampoo or an apple cider vinegar rinse will have that head squeaky clean!
Step Two: Moisture, Moisture, Moisture!
Stronger hair equals higher tolerance. Deep condition once a week with a moisturizing conditioner especially after stripping the hair with a drying shampoo. Also, consider a protein treatment once a month, preferably a week prior to straightening locks. Dry, unhealthy tresses are more susceptible to heat damage.
Step Three: Heat Protectant
The last step many forget or ignore is applying a liquid heat protectant serum. Apply a lightweight heat protectant to damp, conditioned hair and prep tresses for heat styling. I use a few drops of my Moroccan Elixir Argan Oil or Marie d'Argan Oil. Place a drop or two on the palms of your hands, work into hair, and use a wide tooth comb to distribute evenly from roots to tips. I love Argan Oil because it smooths and detangles my tresses prior to parting and sectioning my hair.
Step Four: Bye Felicia!
Sectioning hair into six parts will make the styling process easier and stretches your tresses so that less heat is needed. To minimize heat usage, I would recommend sleeping with them overnight and letting them air dry. In a hurry? At least allow your tresses to air dry 50% before applying heat to lessen chances of heat damage.
Step Five: Blow Dry
In my video, I had no choice but to blow dry my hair in a humid environment. Avoid this as much as you can! In a downward motion, blow dry your tresses preferably with one that includes a diffuser to help distribute heat evenly.
Step Six: Flat Iron with Tress Guard
When I first started going natural, heat was a curse word and using a flat iron was a sin. However, when I discovered Tress Guard, it allowed me to straighten my natural hair guilt-free. Invest in a quality flat iron with adjustable temperatures as well as Tress Guard Flat Iron Heat Protectant Sleeves. The sleeves are 100% silk and protects the hair from direct heat. Its best to not use a setting above 300 degrees but if you're hard headed, Tress Guard does allow you to go up to 380 degrees without any severe heat damage occurring.
Why I Love It + Why I Hate It!
- Love: Velcro the sleeves on any flat iron in matter of seconds.
- Love: It leaves my hair silky and soft.
- Love: I have not experienced any heat damage since I started using it!
- Love: I'm on the go most of the time and tend to invest in quick, cheap wigs. Synthetic wigs usually burn off or turn into this weird texture after applying heat. In my blog below, you will see that it's safe to use it on natural hair and weave!
- Hate: I did experience an unusual smell while my flat iron was heating up, but at least it's not my hair getting fried!
Music: VanJess X Panda (Jae_I Remix)