Two words that cause a cringe from women everywhere. Most women have either dealt with heat damage personally, or had a close friend/relative who has. Many women believe this is just a part of life, and happens at some point to everyone…
I don’t agree.
Heat damage is not only NOT normal… it is completely avoidable. It’s all about how you care for your hair.
First off, I don’t believe in most hair products. If your hair is thin, no thickening shampoo with thicken it.
If your hair is brittle and it wasn’t caused by color or being chemically altered (ie relaxer), a cream isn’t going to make it stronger.
It’s Genetics! Plastic surgeons are still in business because creams, gels, and oils won’t work. Issues with hair start from inside your skin and scalp. So shampoos and other products coat the issue. They don’t fix it.
Brittle hair is either hereditary or sometimes caused by health conditions (some which you may not even know about so you should consult with a dermatologist)
The one key to preventing heat damage is to only apply heat to CLEAN (product free) HAIR! I personally don’t believe in “heat-protector”. Shampoo product out of your hair before reapplying heat. Dry hair, then flat iron and thank me later!
When ironing over product such as edge control, hair oil, or hair sprays (like spritz or pump it up), high heat can fry your hair. And that goes for anyone! If your hair is thick or thin, trust me, if you flat iron continuously through your sew-in over product, you will have heat damage.
Remember those old school waterfalls people used to wear?
Imagine combing those out and reapplying heat to them. It would fry it. It’s the same thing just not as intense. But over time, your hair will fry!
When it comes to both product and heat, less is best. Wrapping your hair at night and continuous care of your hair (regardless of the style) will go a very long ways in keeping your hair happy and healthy!
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