Heat styling natural hair can be a great way to switch up your look, but it can also cause damage if not done correctly. To prevent damage and keep your natural hair healthy, there are several dos and don'ts to follow.

One of the most important dos is to use a heat protectant before applying heat to your hair. This will help prevent damage and breakage. It's also important to choose the right temperature setting for your hair type and to use a quality flat iron or curling iron with adjustable settings.

To prevent damage, it's important to avoid applying heat to wet hair and to limit the use of heat styling tools to a few times a week. Overuse can cause long-term damage, so it's important to give your hair time to rest between styling sessions.

Moisturizing your hair regularly is also important to prevent dryness and breakage. Wrapping your hair in a silk or satin scarf at night can help retain moisture and prevent breakage.

Finally, it's important to avoid using heat styling tools on damaged hair. Focus on repairing your hair before applying heat to prevent further damage.