After keeping your hair braided in weave for long time, it is not uncommon to want to see full length of new natural hair that has grown. Many women are temped to press their hair to seetheir new growth. However, doing so may cause immediate heat damage to your new grown hair. You can go from having bouncy tight curls to a stringy damaged mess. The reality is, heat can cause as much damage as chemical products. Heat will produce some damage to your strands and depending on your hair texture, it can range from mild to severe. While some damage can be expected, there are ways to mitigate these problems and keep your hair’s integrity.
- Understand your hair’s texture.
If you understand your hair, you run the risk of always causing more damage to it in the long run. Study your hair and it’s texture (coarse, medium or fine). By doing so, you can better judge how much heat your hair can actually take.
- You use a blow dryer to stretch your hair.
The heat from a blow dryer is just as harsh as the heat from a flat-iron and more often than not, if your hair hasn’t been properly conditioned, beforehand, you risk cracking your hair’s cuticles through the harsh heat of the blow dryer. Try drying and straightening your process with heat free methods if at all possible. Skipping the blow dryer may take longer but you seriously reduce the progress of heat damage.
- You don’t employ super protective styles.
Wearing extensions and braids are considered protective styles. A “super protective style” is a style that keeps all your hair and your ends tucked away completely. Your hair has a better chance of bouncing back from heat damage if you nurtured it in this way. Hair styles that involve wrapping your hair up will limit dryness and interaction with daily stress and heat.
Visit Indo Hair and speak to a stylist about additional ways to repair heat damaged hair.