At the start of my natural journey if someone had pointed a hair dryer my way, I would have run screaming in the opposite direction. Now I've started using heat on occasion and my hair is thriving. Crazy, right? Below are the three main reasons I started using heat and the benefits I've seen.
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Quick Drying Times
I was a big fan of air drying until winter arrived and I found myself sitting around for hours with a head of cold, wet hair. It is a recipe for a head cold, that I want no part of. Using a hair dryer speeds up the drying process but I'm careful to still be patient. I work in small sections, using a medium heat setting and lots of heat protectant.
Less Tangles To Deal With
When I blow dry my hair, I use the tension method as shown by Vlogger 'Just Grow Already'. Check out her tutorial below. Although her method is shown on transitioning hair. It works well on my type 4 natural hair. My hair is stretched but I still get to keep a lot of my texture and volume. The only thing I changed is that I use warm hair as opposed to cold and in all honesty, I'm not that thorough when it comes to detangling. I mostly finger detangle and only bring the wide tooth comb into play when I'm styling. Having my hair stretched using heat leaves me with less tangles than when I leave it to air dry loose.
There are no two ways about this, working with blow dried hair is significantly easier than working with a wash and go. I also have a bit more length to play with, so I can experiment with different styles. My twists last longer and look smoother. The only down side is that I need more product to get curl definition out of my twist out and they tend to fall out of place a lot quicker.
Heat when used properly and in moderation, doesn't have to lead to breakage and general bad times. I always use heat protectant and deep condition regularly to restore any lost moisture. If you are contemplating using heat, do your research and make sure you are doing everything possible to keep heat damage at bay. Remember if you smell burning, you are doing too much!
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