Even though this flat iron(affiliate link) might be a curly girl’s dream, there are still some best practices you should bear in mind to ensure that your hair does not sustain any heat damage and that you can preserve your style.
Use protein before and after you flat iron
Doing a super potent pre-shampoo is a great way to ensure that your hair is well protected prior to applying direct heat to your strands.
Whether the plates, vibrate, or stay still, heat is heat and one wrong move can cause damage to the curl pattern that cannot be fixed without scissors and a prayer.
You can choose to do your pre-shampoo treatment over night or you can do it within your wash day before you shampoo your hair.
If you need a great pre-poo recipe the one I personally recommend is pretty simple.
What you will need
1. Two eggs
2. Cheap conditioner
3. Two tablespoons of olive or coconut oil(affiliate link)
4. Honey (optional)
Mix well and apply it to your hair in sections. This pre-poo can be left overnight, however, I would suggest just doing it for an hour prior to shampooing your hair. The eggs will strengthen the outer layers of your strands and the oils will penetrate the strands strengthening them from the inside out.
Deep condition your hair
After you shampoo, it is best practice that you add your favorite deep conditioner(affiliate link) to your hair just to replenish the moisture that you may lose from shampoo that can dry out the strands especially after a protein treatment.
Deep condition for at least 10 minutes or for as long as is recommended on the container you choose to use on your wash day.
Air dry in a stretched style
Direct heat on wet hair can be dangerous for those of you who have fine strands or strands prone to damage. It is always safer to detangle and braid your hair allowing it to air dry for a few hours before blowdrying your hair straight. At the end of the day, you are trying to make the process as stress-free as possible.
Never skip the heat protectant(affiliate link)
Even with all of the extra precautions you have taken to ensure that your hair is ready for heat we still recommend that you use a heat protectant(affiliate link) on every section of your hair prior to straightening it. Heat protectant just gives your hair a thin shield that will keep the strands away from the direct heat of your blow dryer(affiliate link) and flat iron.
Work in small sections
When you are ready to flat iron your hair work in small sections so that you are not passing the iron over huge chunks of hair a million times over.
The smaller the section the easier it will be to get your hair straight with the least amount of passes and work. Smaller sections will extend the time it takes for you to get your hair done but on the flip side your style will last longer and your hair will be straighter with less direct heat.
Maintain your style at night
If you do decide to flat iron your hair we know how important it is to preserve the style so that all your hard work does not go to waste.
Wrap your hair at night and cover with a satin scarf or bonnet to keep your hair straight and protect it from drying out on cotton sheets.
The pre-poo and deep conditioning(affiliate link) treatments you did earlier in the process will give your hair enough moisture to sustain the hair without the need for additional products. As the weeks pass you may need just a little oil on your ends at night before wrapping your hair.
If you are on the market for another flat iron(affiliate link) we would suggest trying a vibrating flat iron to see if it works for you because all things considered it seems to be a healthier and more efficient option. Purchase your first one here and let us know how it worked out for you.