Not preparing your hair properly for straightening can permanently damage your hair. For example if you flat iron or straighten at too high a temperature your hair may stay permanently straight and not wave or coil back up after you wash and deep condition. Here are a few tips to help you protect your hair while you flat iron.
Think of the heat protectant as underwear. You wouldn’t wear a sexy form fitting dress without the proper undergarments. Use a barrier between your hair and the heat. Try chi silk infusion, or another brand of heat protectant. Apply this heat protectant before blow drying, and apply some to each section before you flat iron. Use a denman brush or detangling comb on each section prior to flat ironing. Try to run the flat iron on each section of hair only once.
Use a flat iron with a temperature gauge. Use a paper towel or brown paper to test the temperature. If it will burn throught he paper, the heat may be too high. Just becuase your hair is kinky, course, or unruly does not mean that you need the highest level of heat. Applying too much heat to your hair will damage it.
Tie your hair up with a silk or satin scarf at night to keep your flat iron style as long as possible. You can also use a silk or satin pillow case. Try not to use high heat on your hair on a daily basis. Use these tips to avoid heat damage from flat irons.