Heat! This is one of the top contentious issues regarding natural hair, everyone has their own opinion and that is A-okay as long you know what is fact and what is opinion. I'ma lay it to you straight:
Heat can damage hair in one of two ways:
One or two blow dries per month is enough
I think one or two blow dries per month is enough for my type of 4C hair. My hair is quite strong but I think anymore than this would just lead to a dry, brittle mess. In fact, this is my max and I use blow driers even less than this.
No, thanks to straighteners
Since I went natural straighteners have only been used once, on my wedding day (11.11.11). Because they apply such direct heat to hair I think they're not worth the risk.
HALF FACT, HALF OPINION
Avoid heat, air dry as often as possible
Yes, less heat is better than more heat but how much less depends on your particular hair. Course hair can take more heat without damage than thin hair.
If you going to use heat use these 9 Tips to blow dry your natural hair gently - no more breakage!
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