Using a Heat Protectant: Why it is Important

A heat protectant is exactly what it sounds like. It protects strands from heat damage when utilized prior to heat styling. It is a safeguard for your afro-textured hair. Heat protectants are available in the form of creams, oils, serums, and spritz. Heat Protectants add a defensive layer to your hair. Several heat protectants available on the market, are customized according to hair types including;

  • Straight hair
  • Wavy hair
  • Curly hair
  • Coily hair

A Heat Protectant for Your Hair’s Condition

Consider the texture and condition of your hair before purchasing a heat protectant. If you have color-treated hair, look for heat protectants that indicate their safety and effectiveness for how your hair has been processed. The more chemical processing you have done to your hair, the more careful you will have to be with moisture-balancing your strands. Deep conditioning is highly recommended for those with color-treated afro-textured hair, prior to direct heat styling.

Do You Need Heat Protectant

Heat styling can cause problems such as breakage, dryness, dullness, and brittleness, but a protective cream can counteract these effects. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to protect every single strand of your hair while keeping it looking great. In addition to adding moisture, heat protectants help to mend split ends, reduce frizz, and even help you to prevent the effects of chlorine before you swim..

Heat Protectant for Afro-textured Hair

When applying thick serums, make sure that you do not overdo the smooth guard to avoid weighing down your tresses. They leave with a great shine. Afro locks benefit more from this treatment than relaxed or toned hair, but the treatment can be used on any type of hair, whether natural or relaxed. Afro-textured hair is the driest hair type on the planet. Type 4 hair is also known as kinky hair, afro-textured hair, and more derogatorily as nappy hair. It is the most fragile of all hair types. Heat styling can benefit kinky hair in many ways such as when we add a hooded dryer to a deep conditioning treatment. However, direct heat styling with hot combs and flat irons can do irreversible damage to our hair if the strands are left unprotected. Several naturalistas on youtube have reported having to cut their hair due to heat damage. When your hair is damaged by heat styling tools you will notice that your afro-textured hair is unable to revert back to its natural curly state.

Heat Protectant and Heat Damage

If your curl pattern has been altered by heat styling even slightly this is an obvious sign of heat damage. There is no such thing as heat-training your hair. It is always susceptible to heat damage. If you have afro-textured hair you may need more heat to straighten your hair than a person who does not. Consider an electric flat iron that you can manipulate rather than one you put in an oven or on the stove. Program its heat to be no higher than 340 degrees and do your level best not to pass the iron through your hair more than three times per sectioned piece. One pass is ideal but not always practical. Think of it like baseball: 3 strikes, you’re out. 3 passes maximum before you move on.
Some of the best heat protectants for African American hair include:

  • Avocado oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Grape seed oil
  • Olive oil,
  • Sunflower oil

While avocado oil and coconut oil are great ingredients for keeping the hair nourished and moisturized, olive oil is known for softening the hair and nourishing it with vitamins for your hair.

Using a Heat Protectant

It is important to take your time with hairstyles like the silk press. Do not drench your hair in a heat protectant, but do section it off and completely cover every strand. Do not begin straightening the hair until it has dried. Using direct heat on damp hair will fry it, negating the purpose of a heat protectant. Blow drying the hair after using a heat protectant ensures that the heat protectant has dried and puts your hair in a state that makes straightening much easier. By far the best natural heat protectant is argan oil. Argan oil is great for protecting hair from high heat and with many flat irons reaching temperatures of 360 degrees and over, argan oil is a no-brainer. The fatty acids, Omega-3, and Omega-6 in argan oil protect hair as well as nourish it from the inside and outside.