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Published on: 26 Dec 2016 by ginsberg

5 Tips for Flat Ironing Black Hair Without Causing Damage

There is always that fear that straightening black hair with flat iron will lead to heat damages on the hair. Learning how to flat iron natural black hair without causing too much damage is one of the desires of many naturalistas. There are many preventive measures to be taken against heat damage. Excessive heat on black hair will definitely lead to damage and hair breakage but this can be avoided by learning to follow these five tips

Get yourself a good flat iron

Buy a good flat iron with quality plates and adjustable temperature settings. Flat irons with ceramic plates have been around for a very long time and people can vouch for it. Ceramic plates tend to heat up quickly and distribute heat evenly along your hair strands. Avoid ceramic coated plates because even though they deliver results at first, after a while the ceramic coating wears off and you are left with a flat iron that can cause excessive heat damage to your hair. There are other newer materials in the market like tourmaline and titanium. Titanium plates have the highest heat transfer so this means you get quicker results without having to use excess heat on your hair. You also need flat irons with adjustable temperature settings so you can adjust the heat to the best level needed to flat iron your hair texture. Follow this link to check out the best flat irons for black hair

Moisturize and deep condition your hair

Hair that is well moisturized can withstand the flat ironing process and will heat more evenly. Deep conditioning your hair before you flat iron it ensure that your hair is in a good shape and will definitely hold up to the heat coming from the flat iron. Deep conditioners also put moisture in your hair and allow you to straighten the hair smoothly. Deep conditioner also leaves your hair hydrated and well hydrated hair can withstand high temperature without becoming dehydrated. When you deep condition your hair before using flat iron on it, you are protecting the hair from the heat that will otherwise have damaged it if it wasn’t well protected. Deep conditioning your hair also locks in moisture in your hair strands.

Heat protectants are a must

Heat protectants are products that protect your black hair while straightening it. When applying heat protectants, apply them two and a half inches away from your scalp and in little amounts because of the oil they contain to avoid frizz or frying your hair. Use heat protectants that are silicon based. Silicones coat the hair and create a barrier between your hair and heat exposure. Always remember not to clamp the flat iron to your hair for a long period of time. It will end up burning your hair regardless of whether you applied a heat protectant.

Avoid flat ironing wet hair in order not to get bubble hair

Wet hair is more susceptible to heat damage. When the flat iron is heated up and it is applied on your wet hair, it can literally cook your hair. The water that is still on the hair gets steamed up by the heat from the flat iron and theses steam can form bubbles which will be trapped in your hair shaft. This heated steam or bubble can cause terrible damage to your hair. Your hair strands will become rough to the touch and your hair will become brittle. This hair bubble can be avoided by adjusting your temperature controls and setting it to medium temperature and only using flat iron on dry hair.

Do not apply heat to your hair every day

Use hot tools on your hair only when necessary. Over using flat iron or curling iron will leave your hair strands dehydrated and damaged. After flat ironing your hair, in order to keep the style for long thus preventing you from having to use the flat iron every day to maintain the hair style, wrap up your hair at night before going to bed. Pin up your hair with bobby pins and then cover it with a scarf. In the morning, loosen the scarf and the pins then brush out your hair. You can spray a little bit of hair shine on it. Excessive heat styling also alters the curl pattern of your hair and with time you begin to notice that it becomes more difficult for your black hair to revert back to its kinky or coily state


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