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:

  • Shampoo 
  • conditioner 
  • styling product 
  • blowdry 
  • 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