I have the finest hair on this planet, I swear if it were any finer it would literally disintegrate in front of my eyes. For those of us with fine hair strands we are in a constant tug of war with tangles that can only be cut, cross strand breeding and single strand knots that never go away. For me these issues are real,they lead to breakage and loss of length because I constantly have to use the scissors to rectify a sometimes impossible hair situation. For women with a coilier texture but have fine strands sometimes using heat can be a life savor the only problem is because heat gets such a bad rap every time we turn on the blow dryer the guilt is almost like sneaking a strawberry danish atÂ 7 elevenÂ when we just started a new diet. Though it might be hard to admit, its time to ‘come out’ and state emphatically that using heat can be beneficial to our hair care if used properly. I will go first, raising hand, hi my name is Petra and I use heat in my regimen to keep my sanity.
Here are four ways I have used heat to avoid tangling and retain length:
Always Use Heat to Deep Condition
No this is not a trick, I know this is not what we mean by heat styling, but it is important to set the stage and get the proper foundation before we style. For me deep conditioning regularly is a must if I want to maintain my hairs health, but to really make it worth my while I use Â a plastic bag from Walmart, some good DIY conditioner preferable with a little added protein a hooded dryer or steamer Â and twenty to thirty minutes of carved out me time.
Don’t get distracted by theories that encourage us toÂ believeÂ that using heat while deep conditioning is useless or by allowing your conditioner to sit for a while is a complete waste of time. The point is, it feels great, its thirty Â minutes of pampering and your hair will thank you for it.
Use heat to Further Stretch your Wash and Go
Wash and Gos can be a nightmare for me if I allow my hair to just behave the way it naturally wants to. Personally I hate a product filled wash and go, so using gel on every strand to keep my curls defined and in place so that I can avoid tangles is not my idea of a great hair day.
Instead the best wash and go’s involve sectioning the hair and applying products that add moisture, sealing the hair and then a light styler. After the product is applied and my hair is 70 – 80% air dried, I then use blow dryer to stretch the roots and lightly stretch the hair itself, reducing some of the shrinkage that causes tangles and knots. Waiting for my hair to be 70-80% dry helps it to set from the wash and go so that when I use the blow dryer I am not disturbing the texture too much.
Roller Sets and Rod Sets using a Hooded Dryer
I don’t know about you but I am a pretty busy girl, so allowing my hair to air dry for an entire day or two will never happen. I prefer to use perm rods on the ends of my hair when I can because smoothing my ends is the best way I have found to date that reduces single strand knots. With that said, if I do a twist and curl, full perm rod set or roller set I opt to use the hooded dryer which speeds up drying time and helps my hair to remain smooth and tangle free.
Flat Ironing Gives Me a Break from Manipulation
I recently had my hair flat ironed, I mean a bone straight no nonsense flat iron. I wanted a chance to just step away from my usual hair routine for a minute and not to mention it was veryÂ differentÂ look from what I had been used to for the past year. Even though at times I missed my curly hair It felt great to be able to comb my hair out without five strand knots and my hair cross commingling.
For me retaining length also boils down to how best I can avoid my hair breaking because it is so prone to creating knots. I have accepted that my hair strands are naturallyÂ attractedÂ to each other and I will never be able to eliminate every single strand knot I have. I have also accepted that using heat in my regimen is a must because just using other stretching methods does not work every time. There are many ways you can avoid using heat in your hair if that is your choice, but if you do use heat, knowing how to use it for your own benefit and not doing more harm than good can save you alot of heartache
Do you use heat as part of your regimen?