Can I use heat on hair that has been sealed with olive oil??

I sealed my hair for the first time today with olive oil (I've never sealed at all before) and it's still drying but once it's all dry I'll need to curl some straight ends (I've been growing out a TR for 2 1/2 years). I do this with my curling iron set to about 275 degrees but I'm wondering if it's okay since I used olive oil? Will it be like I'm cooking my hair? I did use a gel on top of the olive oil so I'm assuming it should be okay, right?

Thanks.
I sealed my hair for the first time today with olive oil (I've never sealed at all before) and it's still drying but once it's all dry I'll need to curl some straight ends (I've been growing out a TR for 2 1/2 years). I do this with my curling iron set to about 275 degrees but I'm wondering if it's okay since I used olive oil? Will it be like I'm cooking my hair? I did use a gel on top of the olive oil so I'm assuming it should be okay, right?

Thanks.
Originally Posted by Teresina
You do realize a curling iron damages your hair, right? Would you put 275 degrees on your skin?

Why not just use rollers rolled up to the spot it starts curling and let it dry naturally, if you need to curl ends? Why fry them?

I don't know the mechanics of OO and heat, but sounds like frying to me (like foods, OO and heat).

Have you considered just trimming off your straight ends?
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personally i only use heat when my hair is cleaned and i use serum or heat protection only. olive oil has a smoke point of about 410 f.
but i would not mix oil, heat and my hair..i did this in the day with grease and will never do it again

Last edited by jessie57888; 05-29-2010 at 11:57 PM.
Mircurls - I've been growing out a TR for 2 1/2 years with trims here and there. My hair was very long when straight, about 4-5 inches past my bra strap so it's been a long process. Carlos Flores is my stylist (who a lot of curlies here rave about and whom I trust completely) and he would not cut off of the rest of my straight ends so I'm kind of stuck with them until November when he says I should be ready for the final chop of straight ends WOOHOO! LOL He says my curly hair isn't long enough yet so in the meantime I've been curling them with an iron. I've thought about using rollers but honestly I have tons and tons of hair and it's just easier for me to hit the straight ends with the iron than fuss with so many rollers. I know it's not healthy but I don't mind since it's going to get cut off anyway.

Jessie - Yeah, I know the whole oil plus heat thing doesn't sound good. I actually didn't even end up curling my ends yesterday since we didn't have plans for the day today so I'm still sitting here with straight ends here and there. Uggh...I can't wait to be rid of this straight stuff!

Thanks for your replies ladies.
Oh, I've heard a ton of times that applying oil before using heat will deep fry your hair. You read right! DEEP FRY. But I also heard grapeseed oil is a heat protectant because of its heat point or whatever...
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Mircurls - I've been growing out a TR for 2 1/2 years with trims here and there. My hair was very long when straight, about 4-5 inches past my bra strap so it's been a long process. Carlos Flores is my stylist (who a lot of curlies here rave about and whom I trust completely) and he would not cut off of the rest of my straight ends so I'm kind of stuck with them until November when he says I should be ready for the final chop of straight ends WOOHOO! LOL He says my curly hair isn't long enough yet so in the meantime I've been curling them with an iron. I've thought about using rollers but honestly I have tons and tons of hair and it's just easier for me to hit the straight ends with the iron than fuss with so many rollers. I know it's not healthy but I don't mind since it's going to get cut off anyway.

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Originally Posted by Teresina
Sounds like your stylist has a plan for you. I wonder why he wouldn't just cut it, though? No matter. You're right, if you're gonna chop those ends off anyway, it doesn't matter if your curl iron them. Just suggest you use an oil specifically for irons, not OO.
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Love - Yeah, I got kind of scared about curling the ends with the olive oil in there so I'm just leaving my hair as is for now...doesn't look that great but oh well.

Mircurls - I may try that..just putting an oil specific for use with heat on my straight ends only to protect them instead of the OO. Thanks!
Olive oil is tricky because it has conditioning as well as sealing (or moisturizing) properties. It penetrates the hair shaft and once absorption reaches it max it acts as a sealant. It's a non-occlusive because of that so adding heat would speed up its already short half-life in the hair as a sealant.

I dont advise heat, but to use heat and gain protection you need a TRUE occlusive agent-- like silicones, mineral oil, shea butter, etc. These only sit on top of the hair and lock moisture in and serve as a barrier between the shaft and heat.

Though no barrier is perfect.
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