Relaxed Hair Health

How to Limit Heat Usage on Relaxed Hair

Add this to your healthy hair care routine.

Confession time: My hair has been relaxed before and I loved it. Although I hated the relaxing process, I found my hair fairly easy to maintain on a day-to-day basis. People often wondered why my hair looked so healthy, what I put in it and the list goes on. To be honest, my hair care routine was pretty simple. On Sundays, I would wash, set my hair with rollers, sit underneath a hairdryer, then wrap it when it was completely dry to maintain my straight styles. To retain the health of my then relaxed hair, I avoided the use of heat styling tools on a daily basis at all costs. I didn’t use a curling wand, curling iron, nor flat iron on my hair. And if I can do it, you can too! Here’s how you can limit heat usage on your relaxed hair for healthier looking hair.

Tips to Limit Heat Usage on Relaxed Hair Types

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Limit the amount of heat you use on your relaxed hair for healthier looking hair.

1. Why limit heat usage in the first place?

Relaxed hair goes under enough damage during chemical treatment process, which weakens the hair bonds. In order to maintain healthy-looking relaxed hair, it’s best to cut out other styling techniques that can lead to further damage such as heat styling.

2. Find products that help tame hair.

For many, the use of heat styling tools is specifically for taming frizz or to tame flyaways. This can be solved with a hair product or two. For frizz, consider using a hair oil like Nexxus New York Salon Care Oil Infinite Hair Oil for Frizzy Hair to fight against humidity. To tame flyaways, or cowlicks opt for finishing your styles with the use of a hairspray, like Catwalk by TIGI Camera Ready Shine Spray.

3. How to create a heat-limited routine.

If you need to use heat, only use it on wash day to dry your hair. To get the same results you’d get from a flat iron, set hair with rollers while wet and sit underneath a hair dryer. After your hair is dry, apply a serum or hair oil then wrap your hair, and secure in place with a silk scarf. The longer you keep your hair wrapped the straighter your hair will be.

On the flip side, if you have a shorter hair length, you can do the same method as above on medium length hair. If your hair is short like a pixie, opt for wet wrapping instead. To ensure your wrap is smooth, use a mousse like Catwalk by TIGI Strong Hold Mousse on clean damp hair before wrapping.

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Employ protective styles like buns to help you stay away from the heat styling tools. Photo credit: Lair of Hairducation

4. Use hairstyles that require little to no heat.

This style is top knot hairstyle was created by blogger, Lade of Hairducation from her on-going bun series (love that!). In this iteration she shows how you can master a full top knot on her thick, relaxed hair — which is a perfect way to style your hair sans heat! Be sure to check out her post for the complete lowdown on how to accessorize this awesome look!

For more tips, check out you can create an effective relaxed hair care routine for your hair. 

Alyssa François
Your Mane Attraction, Alyssa
02 February 2017