How To Straighten Your 4C Hair Without Damage
Choosing to embrace your afro and the kinky texture of your 4c hair doesn’t really mean saying no to straightening your hair every blue moon.
On days you choose to rock your hair silky straight, how do you achieve your desired results without damage.
These five tips would help you straighten your 4c hair without causing heat damage.
How To Straighten Your Hair
When it comes to 4c hair, it’s all about protecting your coils. Because kinky hair follicles are flat/elliptical, unlike the oval and round follicles of wavy and straight hair, straightening 4c hair comes with its own rules.
These five tips would help you:
- Reduce the intensity of heat:
When straightening 4c hair, your best bet is to use a blow dryer; not only do you get straight hair, but you also apply less heat to your hair.
If you must use a flat iron, pick one with a protective coating and a temperature reader.
- Use a heat protectant: If you have to apply heat to your hair, give your strands an extra boost with a heat protectant.
These silicone-based sprays or creams protect your 4c hair from heat damage. While silicon is not the best ingredient to apply to your hair regularly, it doesn’t hurt to use it when you need to straighten your hair.
- Don’t make it an everyday thing: No matter how much heat protectant you apply to your hair, using heat on it ever so often is for sure going to ruin it. So keep straightening for hair for those once in a while moments you’d like to change your looks.
- Use only one pass: Flatironing your hair multiple times to achieve a silky straight result could be even more damaging for your hair.
- Focus on the aftercare: Your hair drys out every time you straighten it. Hence, to maintain your coils, opt to deep condition your hair after and apply a protein mask. These treatments will improve your hair’s moisture levels and patch any damage caused by straightening.
Following these tips would help keep your hair from heat damage and ensure your 4c coils remain intact.