Heat is the Debil…I Cannot Lye
Bingo…it’s about the moisture again. Are you starting to get the picture here? Moisture, moisture, moisture. Heat in every shape and form saps your hair of precious moisture, drying it out, making it brittle and destroying your hair’s elasticity…that’s your naps ability to stretch without breaking. Try it. Pull out a hair and see how far it will stretch before it snaps in two. Wet, healthy hair has the ability to stretch up to 30 percent and still return to it’s original shape when it’s dry. If your hair snaps like a piece of dried out kindling you know it’s totally devoid of any moisture.
Anyway, getting back to the evils of heat, as little or as often as you apply it, especially direct heat, it damages your hair. It’s cumulative and doesn’t always have to be immediate or obviously visible like scorched hair or burned straight naps. Heat will, over time break down the chemical bonds in your hair just like a texturizer or a relaxer. And the little bit of moisture hair that nappy hair holds can even boil and explode the hair shaft if the conditions are right. So if you want to save yourself some grief, simply stay away from flat irons, pressing combs, blow driers and yes, even hooded driers can get soooo hot that they deplete your hair of its moisture. If you want to continue having a head full of luscious naps ya simply gotta let go of the heat.