2. Roller set your hair every once in awhile: Typically heat styling means blow-drying the hair and then using a flat iron to get the hair straight. Why not try roller setting to give the hair a break from the flat iron so that the direct heat effect of the flat iron is less throughout the transition. Tip: Still use heat protectant when roller setting the hair and use a setting lotion to ensure that the hair is smooth throughout the set. Additionally, allow the hair to completely dry for bouncy effortless curls. The bigger the roller the less curl and more straight your hair will be!
3. Research and purchase a good heat protectant: Heat protectants help to shield the strands from direct heat, their effectiveness has been tested but only after good research can you determine the best one for you. There are many ways you can protect the hair from heat along with purchasing a great heat protectant. One non-traditional way is using a silicone conditioner. Silicone conditioners will add a layer of cones to the strand that can block heat. Another way is using natural oils. Conditioners with silicones, oils along with heat protectant will help guard your hair from major damage.
4. Air dry: Air drying is definitely healthier than drying from sopping wet hair using a blow dryer, if you allow your hair to air dry in braids or twists the amount of heat you will need to heat style your hair becomes dramatically less. Tip: wear your hair in 6 or seven braids to stretch the hair while drying, leave them in overnight if you can so that you can ensure your hair is completely dry.
Heat styling can be your best friend and worse enemy because of how fragile our hair is in its curly state, use heat with caution and research and test your hair as much as you can to determine the best choice for you. As controversial as this might be to some, what suggestions do you have for transitioners who prefer to use heat during their transition period?
Originally posted 2012-07-19 20:10:01.