With the exception of my roots that puffed up due to my work outs (thankfully camouflaged by the rest of my hair) my straight hair successfully lasted the week. I was tempted to leave my hair alone for another few days but my hair started to feel dry; it was definitely time to deep condition.
A FEW QUICK WAYS TO AVOID HEAT DAMAGE
These tips are both relaxed and natural hair friendly.
[*] When possible, either air dry or blow dry hair on the cool/cold setting before flat ironing
[*] Always, always use a heat protectant
[*] Set your flat iron to the appropriate temperature for your texture
[*] Try to do only one pass of the iron when straightening your hair