I recently got a question on my Facebook page
NHR reader writes:
Recently I have been having the urge to straighten my hair and I recently had my hair straight in November. I was just wondering what do you do if you have the urge to straighten your hair. I have been natural for two years.
I wanted to scream well straighten YOUR hair. But I understand where she’s coming from. She may be convicted by the natural hair rules. Or it could be that we’ve heard the horror stories. I even posted my friend’s person account of the The Last Resort: The Big Chop After Heat Damage. But fret not if you keep these 3 things in mind.
3 Reasons You Don’t Have To Avoid Heat
You Apply Heat Occasionally
Honestly, heat used in moderation on healthy hair is nothing to be afraid of. I know this from experience and research. Now don’t go crazy blowing your hair out every day or even every week. If you do blow dry and/or use other heating appliances be sure you’re deep conditioning with a moisturizing deep conditioner weekly and a protein deep conditioner biweekly or at least monthly.
You Leave It In the Hands Of Professionals
If you are unsure or not confident that you can blow out your hair out; go to a highly recommended stylist. I always get recommendations and make sure that their natural client’s hair reverts back without any damages before scheduling an appointment.
You Strengthen or Prepared Your Hair
Prepare your hair for heat styling by pre-pooing with coconut oil which fortifies the hair by limited protein loss and decreasing porosity. Moisturizing and Deep Conditioning reinforce the hair’s structure minimizing the chances of the hair weakening doing the heating process. Before a heat treatment I deep condition with a protein deep conditioner that builds the natural proteins of my hair like Hair Mayonnaise. It makes a difference.
For more tips, read 5 Ways To Avoid Heat Damage