Curls are beautiful, but they require extra care and attention. Heat damage is one of the most common issues that people with curly hair face. Heat damage can make your curls look limp, lifeless, and even frizzy. While you can’t get your curls back to how they were before the damage, you can reduce harming it even more. Here's what to do when you have heat damaged curls:
1. Trim Your Hair
The first step to restoring heat damaged curls is to trim your hair. Trimming your hair will get rid of the damaged ends and help your curls to bounce back. If you're not comfortable trimming your hair yourself, visit a professional stylist who can help you get rid of the damaged ends.
2. Deep Condition Your Hair
Deep conditioning your hair is crucial when you have heat damaged curls. Use a deep conditioning treatment such as our Restoring Hair Treatment that is specifically designed for curly hair. Apply the treatment to your hair and leave it on for no more than 30 minutes. Rinse the treatment out with warm water prevent further damage.
3. Avoid Heat Styling
Avoid heat styling your hair until it has fully recovered from the damage. Heat styling such as blow dryers and flat irons can cause further heat damaged curls and make the recovery process longer. Instead, opt for low to no heat styling methods like twist-outs, braid-outs, or roller sets and use a hooded hair dryer when drying your hair. The heat from the hood is gentle so it doesn’t damage your hair.
4. Use a Protein Treatment
Protein treatments are essential for repairing heat damaged curls. Protein treatments help to strengthen your hair and prevent breakage. Look for a protein treatment that is formulated for curly hair and use it once a week.
5. Moisturize Your Hair
Moisturizing your hair is crucial when you have heat damaged curls. Use a leave-in conditioner or a moisturizing cream to keep your hair hydrated. Be sure to focus on the ends of your hair, as they tend to be the driest and most damaged.
6. Be Patient
Restoring heat damaged curls takes time and patience. It may take several months for your curls to fully recover from the damage. Be patient and consistent with your hair care routine, and you'll see results over time.
Heat damaged curls can be frustrating, but with the right care and attention, you can restore your curls to their former glory. Remember to trim your hair, deep condition it, avoid heat styling, use a protein treatment, moisturize your hair, and be patient. With these tips, you'll be on your way to healthy, beautiful curls in no time.