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Five at-home treatments your heat-damaged 4C hair is crying out for

Heat is one of coily hair’s biggest enemies. When used regularly to style, it can lead to frizz, dryness and breakage. Even healthy type 4 hair can be notoriously dry, so too much heat can lead to intense damage. Here’s how to repair hair damaged by heat, including five-of-the-best at-home treatments.

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    Steam your locks

    It might feel bizarre to treat heat-damaged hair with more heat, but there is a huge difference between steaming and styling. Steaming your 4C hair will allow in moisture, which helps with breakage caused by dryness. Investing in a standing steamer will upgrade your future wash days. You can steam your hair straight after washing it, or apply your favorite mask and then steam.

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    Extra scalp care

    If you’re using hot tools from root to tip, don’t neglect your scalp, as excess heat can prevent new growth. If heat styling is damaging your scalp (perhaps it feels dry and itchy), incorporating some scalp care into your hair regimen, such as Dove Amplified Textures Hydration Boost Scalp Tonic is a great idea. It helps to reduce dryness while nourishing 4C coils.

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    Kitchen cabinet concoction

    An old-school tip for treating 4C hair at home is hair oiling before washing. Coconut and olive oil contain nourishing vitamins to replenish any loss during heat styling. Coconut oil helps with protein loss while olive oil contains fatty acids to help with softness. The night before wash day, section hair and apply oil from root to tip, massaging the scalp for added benefits.

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    Nightly nourishment

    It's called beauty sleep for a reason. Everything rejuvenates when you sleep, so show your hair some love by applying a conditioning treatment like Dove Hair Therapy 7-in-1 Miracle Mist before bed. It makes detangling easy, avoiding unnecessary breakage, and you can use it as a styling product to dampen hair before a twist-out or braid-out for defined coils in the morning.

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    Deep treat your coils

    A deep treatment that contains ingredients to help reduce breakage like Dove Amplified Textures Moisture Spa Recovery Mask will help nurse your texture back to life. When hair is warm, products work in deeper, so put a shower cap or Saran wrap over your mask. When you rinse, your hair will feel much smoother and stronger.

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