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What Happens If You Straighten Your Hair Everyday? [ANSWERED]


What happens if you straighten your hair everyday? To give you the straight answer, straightening your hair with heat everyday will lead to damage and breakage. Thankfully, there are some things NHP will teach you that will help you straighten your hair more safely and more often without absolute disaster.

So don’t throw that amazing silk press flat iron away just yet!

If you’re wondering about this question, you probably straighten your hair every day or are worried you’re heat straightening too often. The desire to achieve silky straightened natural hair can seem as though there are stipulations that require the use of heat from tools like flat irons and blow dryers.

It's understandable.

The best heat tools for hair can quickly give us straight hair, curls, and even waves. But is it safe to apply heat to your hair every day? If you straighten your hair everyday will it fall out?

This NHP tutorial article will tackle this controversial practice and provide a few tips for navigating it if this is your styling preference.

What Happens If You Straighten Your Hair Everyday? [ANSWERED]TUTORIAL: What Happens If You Straighten Your Hair Everyday?

What Happens When You Use Heat On Your Hair?

We use heat on our hair for a reason, because it alters our hair's structure temporarily to smooth out curls and kinks.

However, there is a science to the process. When you grab that GHD or Babyliss pro straightening iron and apply heat to your hair, it breaks down the protein bonds that give your hair its structure. These proteins typically help to define the shape of each strand of hair.

What Happens If You Straighten Your Hair Everyday?

Why is repetitive use of heat on your hair a bad thing? Well, you are asking the right question. When you use heat on your hair daily, you're not giving the protein bonds time to recover.

Let's face it; you are using heat to prolong your hair's altered state. In doing so, however, you open the gates to a cascade of heat damage and rough ends when straightening natural hair.

If heat damage goes unchecked, it can weaken your hair and make it more susceptible to breakage. Also, it may permanently damage your hair follicles, eventually leading to hair loss.

What Are The Signs Of Heat Damage?

You have likely bumped into a few tale-tell signs of heat damage to your hair if you frequently use heat. What happens if you straighten your hair everyday? Excessive heat damage.

Here are some symptoms of your hair experiencing heat damage:

  • A change in texture and appearance (dry, dull, brittle)
  • Split ends or rough ends
  • Excessive tangles and matting
  • Hair that breaks easily
  • Loss of moisture/dryness

What Should I Do If My Hair Has Heat Damage From Daily Straightening?

If you notice any of these changes in your hair, it is likely time to take a break from the heat and give your hair some much-needed TLC.

In simple terms, put down the hot iron and step away from the heating tools for a while and give your natural hair a chance to recover. It will be the most immediate and compelling thing you can do to address heat damage.

If you straighten your hair everyday some of it is likely to fall out, that’s why a change is needed.

Even cutting back will help, some can only bare to limit themselves to a silk press every two weeks. Hey, it’s better than nothing, but I want you to do even better than that because straightening every two weeks isn't that great either.

I want you to learn to get better results by indulging in a new hair care ritual as a preventative and active treatment strategy.

How To Straighten Your Hair Everyday With Less Damage & Breakage

So, we've told you what happens if you straighten your hair everyday. Still, some of y'all are hard-headed and want to straight iron your hair everyday no matter what.

Here are some tip for how to straighten your hair every day without as much heat damage...

#1 - Air Dry Your Hair

Do not be afraid to adopt air drying over blow drying your hair. At a minimum, try to air dry your hair as much as possible before using heat tools, especially high-powered flat irons like GHD ceramics. Of course, always take care to section and detangle your hair 1st, or you will be left with a gnarly mess.

#2 - Use a Top-Rated Heat Protectant

Never skip the heat protectant, and even better, always use the best heat protectant sprays and products on your hair. Because what happens if you straighten your hair everyday without heat protectant will be a doggone disaster!

Yes, it's a mantra, but some of y’all think it’s a joke and are cheaping out on getting heat protection for your locks. Heat protectants are an incredible asset in preventing heat damage from blow dryers and extremely hot flat irons.

The best heat protectant products create a barrier between your hair and your heated styling tool of choice, even the high heat temperatures from Babyliss Pro salon-quality flat irons!

The more highly-ranked heat protectant sprays will help to keep the risk of hair damage to a minimum.

We even wrote about a DIY heat protectant spray with aloe vera that you can make at home.

#3 - Stay Away from High-Heat Settings (ESPECIALLY for Daily Straightening!)

Unless you have extremely kinky hair that’s hard to straighten, you should use weak heat to straighten.

Although it may be tempting to use high heat settings on your Babyliss hair dryer, curling iron, or straightener to expedite the drying or styling process, don't do it!

Allow your hair to dry as much as possible or use a towel that won't snag your hair but will help expedite the drying time of your hair.

#4 - Use A Nutrient-Dense Deep Conditioner

A truly premium deep conditioner for moisture & nutrient infusion is a must-have if you regularly apply heat to your hair, especially on a daily basis.

Deep conditioners help to keep your hair hydrated. Hair hydration and moisture are essential for helping hair retain its elasticity.

Following these tips can minimize the damage from heat styling and help keep your hair healthy and strong.

If you have concerns about hair loss, it's always best to consult with a dermatologist or other health care provider. They can help you determine the cause of your hair loss and recommend the best treatment options.

So, will straightening your hair everyday make it fall out? While heat styling can damage your hair and lead to hair loss, it's not the only factor contributing to hair loss. With proper care, it may or may not affect you.

If you are experiencing hair loss, stop using heat immediately and take the necessary precautions to preserve your hair.

Do you straighten your hair every day? Have you noticed any damage? Let us know in the comments!

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Melissa Lee is a Contributing Editor to NHP and a former owner of the BlackhairOMG website. She formed 4C Trichology Growth Services, LLC., a US based hair care consultation service. She has also contributed as a writer and consultant for various hair and beauty websites. Melissa can be followed on Twitter here.

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