Honestly, if you don’t create sections when doing your hair, you’re making life WAY harder on yourself. Make sure to separate your hair into sections before straightening and keep those sections separated.
You don’t want to risk straightening the same piece 100 times or even missing pieces. Make sections that are the right size for your flat iron– too big means you’ll have to pass the flat iron through more than once and too small means you’ll be straightening your hair all day.
Flat iron ‘correctly’
Just because a flat iron has a maximum heat of 500 doesn’t mean you should use it that temperature! Although straightening your hair on high heat can lead to sleeker hair and shorter straightening time, it’s not good for your overall hair health. Flat ironing constantly on high heat is a guaranteed way to damage your fragile strands.
Also, try to avoid passing the flat iron over the same section of hair more than once. It may seem like you’re getting it extra straight, especially on low heat, but this winds up giving you heat damage as well!
Try not to re-straighten often
The truth is that your natural hair is not going to stay straight forever. Your hair may start to revert from rain, sweat, too much steam from the shower, and a list of other things that us curly girls are used to. Even so, try not to re-straighten your hair too often.
At night, preserve your hair by wrapping and setting it with bobby pins and a silk scarf. Don’t try to sleep out normally on a cotton pillowcase, because it’s probably not going to work. Keep your hair tied up so that it can last a few days or more. Try to avoid adding any more heat to your hair until the next time you decide to straighten it.
Our natural hair is very versatile, but we still need to take care of it every time we decide to try a new style. Although heat damage is unavoidable unless you stop using heat altogether, there are a few things you can do to keep your hair healthy every time you straighten. Try them, and you’ll worry less about your curls reverting back the next time you wash your hair!
Originally posted 2014-12-30 15:00:22.