Hair Journey

Heat Protection • Blow-Drying Natural Hair

Hey guys,  I’m trying to get back to regular blogging (vlogging took over for a while there). So I figured I’d catch up the readers who don’t watch the videos on what’s going on; so I’ll have a post up everyday until we’re all on the same page, yes? Yes.

When it comes to heat styling, the one thing to keep in mind is heat protection. We all know about heat damage:

When heat irreversibly damages the protein bonds in hair making it lose its natural curl pattern, therefore the damaged sections of the hair strands have to be cut off.

Fortunately I’ve never had heat damage, mostly because I’ve been hesitant to use heat; but since I wanted to blow dry my hair before trimming it, I did some research on heat protection and that’s why we’re here today.

So how does heat protection work? Silicones. I know, we always hear of how you shouldn’t trust products with silicones in them, but we found out about the pros and cons here.

Silicones form a heat resistant and water proof layer on your hair strands; which is just what you need if you plan on using heat on your hair:

Heat-resistant:

  • to keep the heat from your styling tool from damaging your hair (of course you should keep the heat below 232°C/450°F which is the burning threshold for hair).

Water-resistant:

  • To prevent moisture from penetrating into your hair strands, helping you maintain your straight hairstyle for longer; but you have to be sure to seal in the moisture before using heat.
  • To prevent moisture from escaping from your hair strands leaving it dry.

Be on the look out for the following if you plan on using heat to style your hair:

  • water soluble silicones in the ingredients of a heat protectant like dimethicones and cyclomethicones.
  • blow drier with at least 1800W; more power means less drying time.
  • heat tools with ionic, ceramic or tourmaline technology. Ceramic technology helps with even distribution of heat and tourmaline is a mineral that produces negative ions when heated which help close the hair cuticles leaving it smooth an less likely to lose moisture.
  • heat tools with power controls. Use the higher setting to dry hair, then a lower setting to style; because its pointless to keep using heat after the hair is sufficiently dry and straight.

It goes without saying that you’ll need to use shampoo with sulphates when you next wash your hair so as to remove the silicones; but that shouldn’t worry you so much because that’s what deep conditioners are for. You may want to use a protein deep conditioner to build back your hair’s protein structure (of course based on preference or the state of your hair at that point).

If you’d like to see my experience blow drying my own hair, here it is:

 

 

See you on the next one ❤

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