One hundred percent protection from heat damage with protectant products simply doesn’t exist. Period. Many flat and curling irons can reach excesses of 350 degrees Fahrenheit. There is no way to prevent that kind of heat from causing some form of damage to your hair. Paula Begoun said it best, “Could you imagine protecting skin from that kind of heat with a hair-care product?” Right…it’s not gonna happen.

So, please my curly divas, heat style with caution- definitely utilize a heat protectant, but know that you’re not completely protected. Also, use the coolest temperature possible to achieve results, and don’t pass the iron through each section of your hair more than once. And the most important tip- save heat styling for special occasions, it shouldn’t be your go-to hairstyle on regular days. Take it from a past abuser…heat is nothing to play with.