5. If you must use a blow dryer make it is at the lowest setting possible.
6. Use a thermal protector spray before you blow dry to prevent heat damage. Thermal protectors employ natural materials to retain the heat and distribute it along the hair shaft. A thin silicone layer encompasses the strands to add further protection against too much heat
7. Ceramic plated /coated tools and tourmaline ionic blow dryers are safer options because they distribute heat more evenly along your strands, which prevents small/targeted areas of your hair from suffering heat damage.
8. If you need to increase the temperature settings on heated tools do so at increments of 5 degrees or less.
9. Divide your hair into smaller sections when flat-ironing, pressing, curling or blow-drying. Smaller sections require less heat/lower temperatures to achieve the desired look. (If you are straightening, curling or blow drying larger masses of hair, more heat is required because of the thicker density.) Also remember it is important to know the density of your individual strands. If you have fine strands less heat is required.
10. Use of heat on hair that is chemically free (including color) is advised. Chemicals strip your hair of its natural oils (sebum) and adding heat can put more stress on your strands, making them even more susceptible to breakage.
11. If you are planning to straighten, curl or blow dry your hair after your washing process please make sure your tresses are at least 85 to 90% dry. Using heat on damp hair definitely will increase your chances of heat damage.
12. Treat your hair like your body. Would you want to eat something without knowing what it is? The same applies to your hair. Make sure to read the instructions of the tools and appliances you are using. The more equipped you are the better your results will be.
Ladies are there any other tips you would like to share for straightening natural tresses safely?