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Have you ever washed your hair after a silk press and prayed that your hair would revert to its natural texture?
Believe it or not, it is possible to use heat on your natural hair and avoid heat damage, but there are certain things you just can't do.
If you know anything about heat damage, you may be feeling a bit skeptical.
In this article I will share 5 things you should never do if you want to avoid heat damage.
Most people think that the higher the heat setting on your flat iron, the straighter the hair will be. This can cause you to turn the heat up to a setting that is higher than what is safe for your hair.
You should choose a heat setting based on your hair type.
If you have fine hair, the highest temperature setting you should use on your flat iron for a silk press is 350 degrees. If you have medium hair, you can go up to 375 degrees. For coarse hair, set your flat iron to 410 degrees.
Any temperature higher than this may lead to heat damage.
Cheap straighteners may be popular and easy to get, but they can cost you in the long run. If you want a silk press without heat damage , it’s better to invest in professional, high quality heat styling tools that won’t burn or rip through your hair when you use them.
A silk press hairstyle is not a quick style that you can rush through. Take small sections when flat ironing to ensure that the heat is evenly distributed over every strand.
Only go over the hair once with the flat iron.
Multiple passes of the flat iron over the same section of hair can lead to heat damage.
It may be tempting to re-straighten or curl your hair every day after you get a silk press.
But this will lead to heat damage.
Only use direct heat on your hair on wash days. If you want to make your silk press last, there are several steps you can take.
To preserve your silky style or revive it when it gets a little puffy, try pin curls, flexi rods, or wrapping your hair with a tiny bit of styling mousse and a satin scarf.
If you just can’t get comfortable with the idea of putting heat on your hair, but you really want to rock a straight hair look, consider a sew in weave.
But instead of leaving some of your natural hair out to blend with the extensions, try a closure instead.
This will allow you to use as much heat as you like without the risk of damaging your precious tresses.
A silk press is the perfect way to switch up your look if you’re natural. But most naturals want to preserve their natural hair texture and the health of their hair.
If you avoid these mistakes, you can achieve a beautiful silk press and protect your natural hair from heat damage.
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