Learn how to combat damage from flat ironing your hair.
Recommended Products:Damage Control Deep Moisture Masque (moisture/protein) Nexxus Emergencee (protein)
Aphogee 2-Minute Reconstructor (moisture/protein)
Keracare Straightening Cream (water repellent)
Mizani Therma Strength Heat Protectant
Sweet Vanilla Butter (pre-shampoo treatment) Flat Iron
Transcript of This Video
Some people like to be able to read a transcript while watching the videos, or just read the transcript without even listening. If you are one of those people, not to worry – We’ve made the transcript available for you below.
Hey ladies! This is Cass from CassandreBeccai.com where I teach you how to manage your Afro-textured hair. Today, I have a question from a subscriber about how to flat iron your hair without heat damaging it.
I have five and a half tips on how to do that.
Tip #1: Moisturize.
The first tip is to moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize. You cannot moisturize enough before you flat iron your hair. You want to get a moisturizing deep conditioner that has hydrolyzed protein in it. The moisture is going to help your hair to dissipate the heat, coming from the flat iron so, it’s evenly distributed and the protein is going to fortify your hair so that, your hair would not get damaged as easily as it would if it didn’t have that additional boost.
You might even want to do a pre-shampoo which will implant more moisture in your hair then, wash your hair and then, deep condition it. Do what you got to do. Moisturize your hair.
Tip #2: Air dry your hair.
Number two, I want to encourage you to air dry your hair. After you’ve washed it, air dry your hair. The way that I usually do that is I’ll put it in a Bantu knot or twist it or I bend my hair which is an excellent way to stretch out your hair.
Once my hair comes to the point where it’s semi-damp, it’s really dried mostly from air drying then, I’ll take the blow dryer and on a very low setting, go through each and every one of the twists and just blow dry your hair.
You definitely do not, DO NOT ladies, blow dry your hair in a very high setting after you finish washing it. You’re really going to take out so much moisture and that’s where damage begins.
Tip #3: Use a decent heat protectant.
Number three, you definitely want to invest in a decent heat protectant. There are so many, and most them are marketed out there. I’m going to be sharing with you some of the products I like to use when I straighten my hair so, you can check out cassandrebeccai.com for that. Do that. It’s really, really important.
Tip #4: Don’t put the flat iron on too high temperature.
Number four, I want to encourage you to not put your flat iron on higher than 350 degrees. Depending on the damage your hair has sustained, and the thickness of your strands, you may want to go much lower than that. But, that really depends on you.
I totally encourage you to start on a low-level, maybe about 200 degrees and then, work your way up to see what best suits your hair without damaging it.
Tip #5: Do not re-touch your hair.
The fifth piece of advice I want to let you know is not to retouch your hair. I know I rolled my eyes on this one because I know I’m always tempted to retouch my hair because my hair reverts so quickly. But, you definitely don’t want to flat iron it today and flat iron it tomorrow, then five seconds later flat iron it.
No. You’re just asking for trouble with that.
I encourage you to just switch up your hairstyle as your hair starts to revert. There are some really beautiful hairstyles that you can do where it will look nice with that extra length from kind of flat ironing it. So, bantu knot outs or twist outs on semi-flat ironed hair look really, really pretty.
Tip #5.5: Invest in a decent flat iron.
The half a tip I want to share with you, I call it the half a tip because I feel like everybody knows this but, I’m letting you know anyway that you should invest in a decent flat iron.
Now, the flat iron I have, it was only about $50 but, what makes it decent and good is the fact that it’s a Ceramic Plus Tourmaline flat iron and it is excellent. I use it and I love it and I feel that my hair gets straight but, at the same time, my hair does not feel or get damaged.
When you use a flat iron that doesn’t have ceramic plate, you risk your hair getting different hot spots.
It’s like the flat iron isn’t necessarily heated evenly so, one part might be hotter than the next and when you’re putting it on your hair, you tend to see that one part get straighter than the rest or one part can get burned. Don’t even do that to yourself. Just invest in a decent flat iron. You will be good to go.
Ladies, I know there are so many of you out there that probably have done this a million times and your hair is still reverting back to its curl meaning, it hasn’t been damaged and it’s really doing well so, I definitely want you to share your advice, your tips for flat ironing your hair without damaging it below.
Thank you so much for watching. I’ll see you later. Bye!