The Best Thermal Protection Products for African-American Hair

Thermal protection can help you get shiny, sleek locks like Jada's

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You went to the salon and got the perfect straight coif. Your hair is silky straight. Your shine is kickin'. Your BFF just told you if you flip that hair one more time, she is going to flip you. Now comes the scary part. You have to wash your hair. You don't have time to go to the salon and have your stylist do it. This is a DIY moment. You have all your tools ready. You have successfully washed and conditioned. Now it's time to blow-dry and flat-iron. But before you do that, you need protection.

Time to Get Heated

Thermal protection product is a great way to "protect" your hair from the damage of blow-drying and flat-ironing. There are several types of thermal products that can coat your hair, keep it healthy and have it shining like a diamond. Apply thermal protection to damp hair before you blow-dry. There are an assortment of thermal protectants that can help your straight hair look healthy and glistening.

This Is Why You're Hot

The heat from blow-drying and flat-ironing can cause hair to become dry. Dry, brittle hair is prone to breakage and frizzing, and it definitely does not hold a style. Thermal protectants work like a shield. Think of it as a pot holder for your hair. But this pot holder has UV filters and restorative ingredients. The shield coats the hair and protects it from heat. Some thermal protectants are designed to take advantage of the heat. They use the heat to seal the shield onto the hair.

Time to Get the Party Started

You know that you cannot hold out any longer, you have to wash your hair. Try using a shampoo and conditioner designed to protect your hair from the heat. African-American hair is normally dryer than most. Add chemicals or heat to it and it can cause the hair to be even drier. Dry hair is prone to breakage and frizz. Look for shampoos and conditioners that are rich in B vitamins that repair hair. Silica coats the hair and protects it from heat.

Always Use Protection

You have shampooed and conditioned your hair. Now it is time for protection. You have protection right? If not, why not try a favorite of "Allure" and "Essence" Magazines. John Frieda's Thermal Protection Serum is a leave-in serum that you apply before blow-drying. Apply to towel-dried hair and don't be shy. Use a comb to distribute from root to tip. Divide hair into sections and blow-dry. This serum contains UV filters and can be used on chemically treated hair. Add a couple of drops to dry hair before touching up with a flat iron.

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