When it comes to natural hair, most women strive to keep their strands healthy and strong. Most times, naturalistas shy away from using straighteners and curling irons out of fear of causing heat damage. While the fear is definitely valid, there are myriad of products and tools that can help protect and minimize the impact heat has on our hair.  

If you prefer to wear your hair sleek and straight, or simply like to switch it up every now and again, here are a few heat safety tips. First, make sure you’re always using a protectant or serum on hair before applying heat to ensure hair is moisturized and hydrated. Next, use tools with plates safe for natural hair. 

To help you get a jump start on the last tip, we’ve compiled a list of some of the safest straightening tools for natural hair. Keep scrolling to see our favorites.