How to straighten afro hair without getting heat damage

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How to straighten afro hair without getting heat damage

A lot of black women are afraid of straightening their hair because of the irreversible damage heat has on natural hair. While it is true that heat can damage your hair, that is not always the case. Here are a few tips on how to avoid heat damage.

Deep condition

Before you start straightening, take your time and prepare your hair. Shampoo, deep condition, and moisturise your hair. Deep conditioning is particularly important because it moisturises your hair, promotes elasticity, prevents damage and restores shine. Apply a generous amount of the product, and let it sit for a few minutes. You can also use a steamer for better penetration of the conditioning ingredients and improved moisture retention.

Detangle

Detangling your hair before drying will save you time and prevent breaking. Put your hair in smaller sections and use a detangling brush. You can also use a detangling spray to help smooth out all the knots.

Use a heat protectant

This goes without saying for anyone with natural hair. If you want to retain your curl pattern, you should never apply heat on your hair without using a heat protectant first. Heat protectants will protect your hair with heat of up to 450 degrees.

Invest in quality tools

When buying a dryer for natural hair, look out for the following features:

Tourmaline ceramic technology

Dryers with tourmaline ceramic technology distribute heat more evenly, preventing frizz and hair damage.

Ionic technology

This technology utilises negatively charged ions to break water molecules into smaller molecules that can be absorbed into your hair.

Heat settings

Heat settings give you a chance to choose the amount of heat your dryer emits. A good dryer should have at least two settings for you to choose from.

Attachments

Different dryers come with different attachments, but most will have a concentrator, a comb, and a diffuser. The comb helps you dry and detangle your hair without much breakage, and the concentrator straightens it for a sleek and smooth look.

The Aphrodite professional hair dryers checks all boxes, so visit our website to order one today.

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  • Michael Kyriacou
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