Manage Your Leave Out

 

  Heat damage is a common occurrence. Fortunately, there are solutions that you can do at home. First, we need to break down what you're doing (or your stylist) that's causing the damage. Starting with the basic knowledge of hair, we know that it's composed of keratin proteins that can be easily broken by extreme temperatures and over manipulation. 

  Now that we know what's causing the damage, let's work towards the solution. If product build up on the hair can lead to damage, the best answer is to wash wash your hair PROPERLY. A clarifying or cleansing shampoo may feel drying, but I have a few recommendations that I used in my shop. These shampoos get the job done without the compromise. After cleansing, I will follow up with a moisturizing shampoo. During this process, I am scrubbing the scalp and finger combing the hair to remove dirt and product. And of course, finish it off with a good conditioner. Using any shampoo and conditioner in this process just won't do. Why not? Some brands are selling you crap in a bottle. This reason alone is why many steer away from clarifying/cleansing shampoos. Many are just too harsh. However, the options below are a few of my favorites. 

Shampoos:

Biolage Cleansing Shampoo

Design Essentials Oat Protein and Henna Deep Cleansing Shampoo

Olaplex No.4 Shampoo

Conditioners:

Olaplex No.5 Conditioner

Design Essentials Agave and Lavender Conditioner

*optional: Olaplex No.3 for treatment

  Another solution is to have a quality ceramic iron, a good blow dryer, and good ventilated brushes. These three things will help you with the main mistake most make, using too much heat on the hair. After a good wash, this is the chance to use a light weight leave in or heat protectant such as an oil that's specifically for straightening hair. Remember, some oils have a molecular structure that's too big to penetrate the hair shaft. Have you ever seen white smoke coming from your hair? That's the unnecessary product that was left in or added to the hair and it's being cooked into the hair. We want to avoid burning the hair as much as possible. Detangle the hair gently and use your ventilated brush to hold the hair taught while blow drying on medium to high heat. I suggest medium heat for the unlicensed/unexperienced. Too much tension can manipulate the hair too much, causing a loss of elasticity. Using the tension method allows you to use less heat on the flat iron (<420F). This method should allow you to use only one to two passes. 

Blow Dry/Straightening Products:

Design Essentials Agave and Lavender Blow Dry Primer and Cream (step 3 and 4)

Sexy Healthy Hair Tri Wheat Leave In

Tools:     

 

  Lastly, how should we avoid using heat?  To maintain it, avoid humidity/steam and protect the ends. Rods, rollers and tools of the like are great for maintaining longevity. Another way is to pin curl. If it's an absolute must to use heat in your hair, it is suggested to keep it <325F. Be careful to avoid using heavy products or too much. This will cause the hair to become stiff and weighed down. Remember when I mentioned those light weight oils? Here's a few I find to be trustworthy and effective

Products To Use While Hair Is Straightened:

Design Essentials Silk Essentials

Design Essentials Reflections Liquid Shine

These methods are for those who don't mind putting in the work to keep their hair healthy. Or, leave the maintenance to a professional. I recommend my clients to visit me at least once a month for upkeep. 

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