Stubborn. I guess that’s the word for it because I have no other way to describe it. I keep trying to straighten my hair until it is laid to the gods and it keeps coming back with heat damage. Yes, I have now, to date, given myself heat damage more times than I can remember. There isn’t a stylist to blame or even a lack of knowledge on my part. I knew better and still wound up damaging my hair while straightening it.
I blame Youtube. We’ve all seen the videos where people are cranking their flat irons up past 400 degrees. Well, I thought maybe I could too. I mean why not? My hair was getting longer and healthier. I was doing protein treatments and using multiple heat protectants. Sometimes I even thought I could just wear my hair straight whenever I felt like it. I found out the hard way that those things would certainly not work for my hair.
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As far as avoiding heat damage, here is what I have learned, again.
- Always clarify hair prior to straightening (A must!)
- Always use a heat protectant (Duh!)
- MY hair cannot withstand heat over 400 degrees (anything higher = heat damage)
- Touch-ups are the Devil! Pincurls, wraps and rollers only for styling after straightening.
- Use heat less frequently (no more than 1x per month; less is even better)