Experts Share How to Protect Hair Against Heat This Silk-press Season10.10.2021
Fall is here! You can see it in the chunky sweaters, pumpkin spice everything and seasonal decor. You can expect a change in hairstyles when the weather cools and leaves turn crisp. Autumn is marked by warmer colors such as reds and browns. For women with natural hair, this also signals a rise in silk press season.
Although there is no right or wrong time to use a silk press, summer can be difficult because of the incompatibility between sweat and natural hair. This is why it’s a good idea to stop worrying about protective styling and try straightening your hair. A silk press is worth the effort for all its possibilities, including buns, braids and waves.
However, heat-styling natural locks is a double-edged sword. It’s become more popular as we know more about how to protect our curls from damage. But there is a fine line. You should be aware that hot tools can permanently alter the texture and pattern of your hair, and can cause damage to your overall hair health.
The good news is that there are many ways to keep your hair straight/ curly and healthy thanks to all of the innovation and knowledge available. We asked top stylists for their tips on how to protect your curls from heat. Continue reading for more.
Importance of Preparation
Kim Kimble has worked with many celebrities in Hollywood, and her top tip is to create a healthy foundation for hair protection. Kimble states that protecting your hair from heat damage starts with shampoo and conditioner. A moisturizing, protecting shampoo and conditioner can make your hair and scalp healthier. Kimble recommends Rephair shampoo and conditioner, which can be used to cleanse and nourish hair. A leave-in conditioner is also recommended for adding moisture.
Kimble says that conditioning is an important step in addition to proper shampooing. She says that conditioning treatments such as masks can help to repair, moisturize, and replenish hair. “To lock in moisture, I recommend using the Star Treatment Masque (from my Walmart line) paired with a Steamer.” Angela Stevens recommends Cantu Deep treatment Masque to add moisture to freshly washed hair. Johnson says that deep treatments can make your hair look healthier and more beautiful. She explains that deep conditioning can improve your hair’s elasticity, and seal the cuticle for a smoother look.
Kimble and Stevens agree that good heat protection is essential for keeping hair healthy during heat styling. Stevens recommends to ensure your hair is dry, clean, and free of oil before you use a heat tool. She suggests that you let your hair air dry and then spray with Cantu Thermal Shield Heat Protectionant to keep it moist. You should not heat hair that has been oiled or greasy. Hair can be damaged by heat that is applied to it with oil or product buildup.
Tools are important
Although it may seem natural to just use any flatiron or blow dryer, you need to be careful with what tools you choose. Kimble says, “If you’re going to use hot tool, make sure that you’re using high-quality products that won’t burn your hair.” Look for tourmaline ceramic. Johnson swears to Dyson and Babyliss Pro tools for styling natural hair. She explains that Dyson tools can be expensive but worth the investment in high-quality heat tools to prevent damage.
Stevens advises against using high-temperature hot tools to prevent excessive moisture loss and burning. To prevent hair damage, she suggests setting the heat tool at the lowest temperature and using it for a maximum of ten seconds. Lindsey suggests a quick trick: Count to three when the hot tool is moving so that it doesn’t stay in one spot on your hair too long.
Lindsey advises against using professional tools at your home. She says that most professional tools and products come with instructions or are only suitable for certain techniques that a licensed cosmetologist is skilled in. “I recommend seeing a professional cosmetologist every six to eight week for hair trimmings and treatments.”
Protecting your hair is key
Preparing your hair is important for maintaining the health of your hair. However, it is just as important to take care of your hair. Lindsey recommends that silk scarves are used whenever possible to protect hair’s integrity. She also suggests using silk pillowscases for sleeping. She explains that this will prevent hair from snagging on cotton, polyester or other fabrics that aren’t smooth. Silk also retains moisture. Kimble recommends that you tie your hair with a silk bun. She also suggests her name-brand silk bonnet to protect your hair, no matter what style.