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Old 05-09-2010, 01:06 PM
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Blow drying damage! Advice and suggestions!

So I need a little help. I have tried a bunch of things which are pretty useless, so I figured I'd see if anyone had any better ideas..

I have really curly hair, like spiral curls, naturally, and I like to blow dry my hair straight. However, I think a combination of dying my hair black and constant blow drying is damaging it. I have cut down on the blow drying, haven't dyed my hair in a while, cut it 3x and I know deep conditioners and things like that are supposed to be good, but anything else? or specific products?

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Old 05-09-2010, 01:08 PM
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what shampoo/conditioners are you using?
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Old 05-09-2010, 01:58 PM
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This is what I use now.


I used to use Garnier. Also, I have a bunch of deep conditioners from Dominican Republic which I use as well. They make my hair lookgreat, but I'm not sure the issue (breakage) is being addressed
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do you use heat protectants before you blow dry? My ends are damaged so I'm always making sure I concentrate the use of the products like leave in conditioner (which really help btw in helping keep your hair softer) and heat protectants at the ends and it's made my brittle ends a lot more manageable and conditioned.
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Old 05-09-2010, 02:13 PM
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^ u mean like frizz serum? I don't have actual heat protectant

My hair looks and feels very soft, my issue is just preventing the damage if that is at all possible
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Old 05-09-2010, 02:30 PM
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also a good blowdryer makes a difference too, since i switched to my solano i have never been burned but i dont blow dry for long and my hair is wavy

i would try redken all soft its very deep conditioning I had to stop using it b|c it conditioned me too much plus they have a separate deeper condition in a tube that works wonders!
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Old 05-09-2010, 02:32 PM
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I have no advise but this is why I completely stopped blow drying my hair. It seems like it's the most damaging. I let my hair air dry.
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Old 05-09-2010, 02:44 PM
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^ yea I wish I could air dry, but my hair is too curly, I'll look like curly sue lol , just don't like it

Kimoy I had a salon blow dryer have no idea what its called, but it crapped out on me

I'm screwed!
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no your not get this im telling you it works wonders!!

Redken - All Soft Heavy Cream super treatment
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you HAVE TO use HEAT PROTECTANT whenever you use heat on your hair!!!
I cannot stress that enough! I yell at my friends all the time for that and I buy them a bottle if they don't have one and they never go get one themselves

heat protectant helps protect your hair from heat and heat is what is causing the damage
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Old 05-09-2010, 03:56 PM
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^ Carol, can you suggest a good heat protectant? I never know what to look for when I try to buy some

And Kimoy, totally agree with the product you suggested. It works wonders.
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I've been using Kerastase products lately and it's made a noticeable difference.

I love the Reflection Chroma Thermique for color treated hair.

There are other Thermique heat protectant products for different hair types/needs and they are heat activated: Kérastase Paris - Search Results

I also use their chroma reflect hair masque.

The Thermique is only used every 3rd or 4th shampoo so in between, I use a oil such as Chi Silk Infusion. I used to use Moroccan Oil but didn't like it for my hair type.
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Old 05-09-2010, 08:10 PM
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Heat protectant is a must like Carol said. It makes a huge difference. I use one by Bumble and Bumble called hair tonic and sometimes I use the one by CHI. I also use a leave in conditioner everytime I wash my hair and concentrate on the ends.
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I've been using Kerastase products lately and it's made a noticeable difference.

I love the Reflection Chroma Thermique for color treated hair.

There are other Thermique heat protectant products for different hair types/needs and they are heat activated: Kérastase Paris - Search Results

I also use their chroma reflect hair masque.

The Thermique is only used every 3rd or 4th shampoo so in between, I use a oil such as Chi Silk Infusion. I used to use Moroccan Oil but didn't like it for my hair type.
Someone was telling me about those products! I may give them a try! and I will get a heat protectant! lol . I do use a leave in conditioner, that I do. lol

Thanks ladies! This was helpful.

ETA: is this the one you are referring to? CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray 8.5 oz.
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^ nope, I've heard mixed reviews on the Iron Guard. However, I have never personally used it.

I use Chi Silk Infusion -- CHI Silk Infusion, CHI0306

Kerastase is kinda pricey, but you don't need much of it. I use the entire Reflection line and I've noticed a difference. They also have leave in conditioners.

I'm also interested in what others like as I'm always willing to try other products, particularly heat protectants.
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Oh, and I heard that FHI heat Hot Sauce is great -- FHI Heat Hot Sauce

I haven't tried it so I can't say but I think I will purchase it soon.
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^ HA! I have the Chi product you suggested. I didn't know it was a heat protectant! Yay!
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Oh, and I heard that FHI heat Hot Sauce is great -- FHI Heat Hot Sauce

I haven't tried it so I can't say but I think I will purchase it soon.
Ok, the other CHI product you mentioned is more like a serum and not a protectant?, so many suggestions, I don't know where to start.

However, on the Folica site, the FHI hot sauce sounds like it's really good and gets to the route of the problem and not just a cover up

I may try that and the Redken cream, Kimoy suggested to start! Then move from there if that doesn't help!

Thanks so much ladies !

ETA: So I got these...
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Oh, and I heard that FHI heat Hot Sauce is great -- FHI Heat Hot Sauce

I haven't tried it so I can't say but I think I will purchase it soon.
I have used this in the past and really liked it.
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I'm using Kerastase right now - Ciment Thermique. I guess it's a leave in conditioner to use before blow drying. I also put some MoroccanOil on after that. One of those products made my hair a little crunchy. I'm assuming it's the Ciment Thermique. I also have Oleo-Relax serum.

Anyway, what are recommendations for heat protectant for flat ironing? The stuff I have now is a spritz and I fear that it is making my hair wet before ironing which is a HUGE no-no. I'm so sick about my hair right now. I've lost so much length over the last year. I have coarse-ish so I can handle pretty heavy stuff.
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^ try this site, it has a lot of great stuff : Folica: Hair Care Skin Care & Beauty Product

Also, sounds like the FHI Hot Sauce may work for you as well.

ETA: you can search by your needs, heat protectants, some come in NON spritz. Try the Redken, I found one that's a heat protectant as well. I posted the pic above!
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Thanks, Lynette. I do buy from Folica and check makeupalley, but it's overwhelming. I figure I need a serum or something.
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All of the heat protectants seem to have silicones in them, and silicone hair products give me breakouts around my hairline. Is there a way to avoid this, or products that protect hair but don't have silicones?
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^ not all heat protectants have silicon in then, FHI hot sauce does not:Here is the description of the product!!
"If you love your hair, you should protect it from the potential drying and damage from flat irons, hair straighteners and other heat styling appliances with FHI Heat Hot Sauce thermal protectant.

Most finishing hair products are silicone-based, which means they simply coat the outside of the hair to leave it feeling smoother. This is a temporary effect and will allow unwanted product residue to build up on the hair. FHI Heat Hot Sauce is moisture-based - when used in conjunction with FHI Heat irons it will actually penetrate into the core of the hair to reconstruct and deeply condition the hair from the inside out!. FHI Heat Hot Sauce has heat-activated jojoba crystals that dissolve and deeply penetrate into the hair, thus dramatically improving the quality, condition and texture of the hair. This is not a temporary effect - with regular use of FHI Heat Hot Sauce, dry hair will be moisturized and damaged hair will be restored!"

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Thanks, Lynette. I do buy from Folica and check makeupalley, but it's overwhelming. I figure I need a serum or something.
No problem! The Redken and the hot sauce one are both like cream/ leave in stuff. I think this works better than the spritz stuff. You can never get spritz on evenly. IMO

I haven't tried but I am so excited to do so!
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Wow the hot sauce sounds perfect. I need moisture.

But here I am again confused by directions. I don't plan to blow dry my hair so I can't apply to damp hair as directed. Will it go on okay over dry hair? My Kerastase has the same instructions and I tried it on my dry hair once and I don't remember it coming out that great. Stinks because then I have to iron my hair again which of course is damaging. (I have a Sedu by the way.)
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