4c hair heat protectant 

My favorite month of the year is May! Why? Because it provides the perfect weather to straighten your natural hair. It’s not so cold anymore that you have to fear hair breakage, but it’s also not so hot that your hair will immediately revert back. 

So, the perfect time to rock a silk press on your 4c hair!

However, whenever you use flat irons or a blow dryer on your natural 4c hair, you want to avoid heat damage. Because no matter how cute straight hair might look, it’s not worth further damage. This is why I wanted to share my favorite 4c hair heat protectant as well as how to get the best results. 

Is heat good for 4c hair? 

It is no secret that I shaved all my hair in 2020 because I had significant damage from constant heat exposure. And even though I don’t often speak about manipulating your hair on this website. The truth is, when I transitioned from relaxed hair to my natural hair I still wanted straight hair at times. 

So in order to continue to wear weaves and ponytails, I regularly used hairdryers and other hot tools. Unfortunately, consistently manipulating my hair texture with high heat, led to split ends, which led to frizzy hair, and eventually meant I had to chop it all off if I wanted healthy hair. 

So, I can confidently say that heat is not good for 4c hair. However, if you use the necessary heat protectant products, occasionally straightening your natural hair won’t completely destroy your hair, regardless of your curl types

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How do I protect my 4c hair from heat damage? 

Besides using a good hair protectant, there are a few steps you can take to prevent heat damage. 

  1. Avoid harmful chemicals – Even though you might have stopped relaxing your hair, there are other chemicals that can harm your natural hair. You want to stay away from hair dye, hair bleach, and other chemical treatments that can damage your hair strands. 
  2. Avoid straightening wet hair or damp hair – I am so guilty of doing this back in the day. Applying excessive heat to wet or damp hair is a death sentence to us, curly hair babes. Because when you use hot styling tools on damp hair, you are basically frying it. Instead, you want to only apply heat to completely dry hair. And if you need to speed up drying time you can always use a blow dryer on low heat. 
  3. Prep your hair beforehand – Last but certainly not least, a good way to protect your 4c hair from heat damage is to use the right products in your natural hair care routine. A bi-weekly deep conditioning treatment, as well as the LOC method, where you apply a leave-in conditioner, coconut oil, and shea butter to moisturize your hair will strengthen it for the flat ironing process. 

How do you use heat protectants on natural hair? 

There are different ways to use heat protectants on natural hair. I enjoy using heat protectant serum whenever I use a curling iron, as it gives your hair a beautiful shine. 

However, whenever I’m blow drying my hair, I prefer a heat protection spray. Of course, there are many great products that provide a protective barrier to your hair prior to applying heat. 

To use a heat protectant on natural hair, apply small amounts throughout your hair before styling. If needed, comb through your hair to spread the hair care product evenly. And that’s basically it. 

Now, let’s take a look at which heat protectant is best for natural hair. 

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