When straightening hair, it is common for people to use a leave-in
conditioner as a heat protectant. There are products out there which are leave-in conditioners and heat protectants in one, but you have to do your research. Straightening the hair without using the right products is like running a marathon without prior training.
The generic steps for straightening the hair are:
- styling product
- flat iron or curlers etc.
Even with the best shampoo and conditioner, if you miss
out on the styling product, your hair will pay a steep price. Over time, the hair gets fried from the heat and suddenly you have all these fly aways. It is always better to get a products made to protect the hair from heat than to just add a leave-jn conditioner. Heat always wins. It opens up the cuticles of the hair to damage. You will end up having to do conditioning masques or a good haircut.
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While I understand why clients might like a leave-in conditioner as a heat protectant, I prefer separate products doing what they are designed to do. Consumers get too carried away with labels and manufacturers get carried away with unclear wording. For instance, I am not a fan of shampoos that have conditioners included, nor body washes that wash you from head to toe. Too many times I have had clients with dry hair who are slaves to all-in-one promises.
By Paula Barker, Silkie Locks Hair Design