Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Low -Down on Heat

Convenience, time, obsession—these are the three leading reasons people use heat on their hair. Many ladies find it easier to use a curling iron on their hair, rather than rollers. Instead of waiting for their hair to air dry they use a blow dryer. Addicted to the smooth edges and the silky look a fresh relaxer provides, not so few women flat-iron daily. No harm, no foul. Right?

Wrong! Regular heat styling is a major obstacle in black hair growth. It leads to split ends, dryness, and breakage. If the tool is too hot it can boil the moisture in your hair strand and cause the cortex to rupture from the inside out i.e. DAMAGE. So what’s a girl to do if she wants curls, waves, straight edges, or silky straight hair?
Let’s explore the options. 

Curls or waves: pin curls, rollerset, twist out, braid out, bantu knots
            Straight: bun, wrap,  jumbo rollers
            Straight edges: wrap or scarf method

The following video will show you how to use the scarf method to get your edges straight. Then it will follow up with how to do a braid out as a no-heat, low-manipulation style.

SO Lovely Braidout

So don't let regular heat styling trip you up on your healthy hair journey. Try no-heat styles. You never know, you might find your signature look!