One of the hardest parts of a hair journey is length retention. You spend so much time moisturizing, sealing, deep conditioning and protecting all so that your hair can be healthy and ultimately get longer.
As if there weren’t enough challenges to retaining length those of us who prefer straighter styles have to square off against heat styling tools which, when used too frequently, cause more harm than good.
This begs the question: how can I get my hair straight without the use of direct heat?
Although nothing will ever take the place of your beloved flat iron, blow dryer or favorite straightening tool for sleekness, roller setting comes in at a very close second providing straight-er locks at half the cost to your hair.
It’s almost like getting a designer bag you love at half the price. Of course there are some cons to that; you had to wait longer for it to go on sale and maybe it wasn’t the exact color that you wanted, but you still got your bag.
Obviously, roller setting will not get your hair as straight as direct heat would, but it does the trick. Plus, it is healthier for your hair.
It’s worth a mention that for highly textured natural hair, roller setting won’t be enough to achieve flat iron straight results, however it is a great way to stretch our your curls without resorting to using heat. Looser textured naturals, texlaxed and relaxed ladies should be able to get straight hair with roller setting alone.
If you’re reading this and still aren’t sold on the benefits of roller setting as opposed to using direct heat, here are the top five reasons to choose roller sets:
1. It reduces the risk of heat damage
Direct heat is any heat applied right onto your hair like a blow dryer of flat iron. It can be potentially damaging because your strands are directly exposed to these high temperatures at close range.
With or without a heat protectant too much direct heat exposure is a big no-no. Roller sets provide an indirect method of heat usage.
While hot air is still technically blowing onto your hair if you choose to sit under a hooded dryer after applying the rollers, it is an indirect more diffuse source of heat which means that when said heat hits your hair, the temperatures are cooler and as such your strands are more protected.
2. Better moisture retention
The reasoning behind using heat to deep condition or for oil treatments is that by lifting cuticles this allows the product to penetrate your hair shaft. Unfortunately, this cuticle lifting is also basically what makes direct heat styling so drying to your strands.
Direct heat from blow dryers and flat irons will lift your cuticles allowing moisture to escape as you dry and style. This leaves your hair more brittle and as such more prone to breakage.
Bottom line is that hair that’s dried via roller set versus direct heat styling is almost always softer because of the superior moisture retention.
Originally posted 2013-10-15 15:00:05.