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7 Facts About Heat Styling Natural Hair!! Pt. 1

7 Facts About Heat Styling Natural Hair!! Pt. 1

Hey, Girl, Hey!

The summer is a great time to explore various style options. I mean, especially now that you don't have to cover those tresses with winter hats or scarfs, you can let loose with styles that compliment your style and versatility. (See these hot naturalhair styles that will make your summer sizzle).

More often than not, women who wear their hair in a natural style forgo applying heat to their hair to keep their hair healthy, well fear no more. If you are considering switching up your style with heat. we have provided some helpful facts about applying heat to your natural hair.

1. Applying Heat Does Not Equal Damaged Hair

According to Black Hair Science,  Your hair can withstand a temperature of 450F before burning or becoming damaged. Simply using heat does not automatically mean that your hair is or will become damaged.  In most cases, healthy hair will only experience heat damage with excessive use of heat or using heat appliances at temperatures of 450F or more.

2. When Hair Is Heat Damaged, It's a Wrap!

When your hair is damaged by heat, it’s permanently damaged. High or excessive heat can permanently break the bonds within hair strands that give hair its strength along with protein cross-links. Heat damage can be prevented or treated but not repaired. So, be sure to monitor how much heat is applied when styling.
 

 

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3. Some Say, Heat Straightened Hair is Not Natural

If you use heat, you’re not natural. Have you heard this before? There are some that believe that heat straightened hair is no longer natural hair.  This is untrue.  The fact that your hair is only straight until water hits it, is evidence that it’s still in a natural texture.
You can physically change hair without compromising its natural texture and integrity.  Heat straightening results in a physical change that temporarily changes the hair.  Regular combing, shampooing and styling result in very similar temporary changes in hair. This is also why simply shampooing or moisture hitting the hair causes reversion.

 

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4. Once Heat Damaged Always Heat Damaged

Once you’ve experienced heat damage does not mean, you will always experience heat damage every time you use heat.  If you’ve experienced heat damage in your lifetime, you don’t have to avoid all heat to completely prevent it from happening again.  Heat damage like any other type of hair damage is possible but also preventable. Hair that is weak, fine, and porous is more likely to be affected negatively by heat or anything for that matter.  Know your hair and its limitations.

What are your favorite tips to protect your hair? Let us know what you think, we would love to hear from you!

Ps: Be sure to check back for part 2 of 7 Facts About Heat Styling Natural Hair!

~Ciao

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