An unfortunate by-product of using heated stylers is the heat damage that comes with it. Curly hair, by nature, is more prone to breakage - so it’s vital you give your curls extra nourishment and TLC in order to keep them looking their best.
We’ve put together a guide on how to revive your curls, as well as the best products for damaged curly hair from the John Frieda Frizz Ease range.
Why does heat styling damage curly hair?
Your hair uses natural oils from the scalp to nourish the whole strand and ends of your hair. Curly hair is naturally more prone to breakage, as these oils struggle to get past all of your kinks and curls, leaving curls in constant danger of drying out.
If you’re adding heat styling to this inherently dry hair type, you’re even more susceptible to dehydrated hair, and vulnerable to breakage and frizz. That's why it's important to know how to care for heat-damaged hair.
What does damaged curly hair look like?
Damaged, dry curly hair may look straighter or looser the first wash after styling it - your curl pattern may also appear and feel totally different, and more ‘relaxed’ than before. Here are some other signs to watch out for:
Can I fix damaged curly hair?
Damaged hair can't be repaired or reversed, as the protein bonds within your hair have broken - so the damage is permanent. However, it’s possible to revive curls and get them back to looking visibly-healthy without a drastic haircut.
Should I cut my hair to remove the heat damage?
Depending on how severe the heat damage is, you may need to cut your curls to remove the damaged hair. However, we’d recommend that you try to amend your routine for a few weeks to see if it makes any difference to your hair, and watch for improvement.
If you still don’t see any difference after one month, talk to your stylist about what to do next. They may recommend a deep-conditioning treatment which is only available in salons - and they may also recommend cutting your hair to stop damage travelling up the shaft.