No products in the cart.
As much as we may love the ease with which heat styling tools enhance the volume, shine, and style of our tresses, our blow dryers, and flat irons can quickly become our hair’s downfall if not used correctly. Heat styling, when done frequently and at very high temperatures, breaks down the hydrogen bonds in hair. It also strips your locks of oils and proteins resulting in brittle strands that are more susceptible to breakage. If you’re addicted to your hot tools, here are some tips preventing heat styling damage to your hair:
Before even picking up your blow dryer, consider the regular use of moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, which will give your locks a healthy, nourished base to work from. A weekly deep-conditioning mask or overnight serum will also do wonders to boost your hair’s strength so it can withstand your heat styling routine.
One of the most crucial things you can do for your hair is to add a protective layer before using your hot tools. Look for leave-in conditioners, moisturizing creams, or heat protection sprays that are specially formulated for heat styling. These products will not only prevent damage but may also add extra shine and sleekness.
Turn Down the Heat
Temperature settings can go as high as 400 degrees, but that doesn’t mean you should set your flat iron that high. Start at a lower temperature and increase it gradually to the setting that works for your hair type. Keep in mind that fine hair is more delicate and should be styled at lower temperatures. And if your straightener or curling iron produces smoke or sizzling sounds, it’s definitely too hot!
Watch Your Technique
Proper heat styling technique is key to preventing damage to your strands. Hair is more vulnerable when it’s wet, so blow dry your hair on a lower heat setting, and make sure your locks are completely dry before using your flat iron. And remember to not keep your hot tool in one spot; keep it constantly moving as you work through your hair.
Invest in Good Tools
You don’t need to buy a top-of-the-line blow dryer or flat iron, but investing in good-quality tools will make a difference in efficiency and hair damage control. When shopping for a blow dryer, look for one with a powerful air flow, which will hasten drying time and thus reduce the potential for heat damage. Nozzle attachments are useful for evenly distributing heat, and a diffuser attachment is effective for gently drying curls. Flat irons should have high-quality plates (preferably ceramic) and a good range of temperature settings.
Give Your Hair a Break
The best way to protect your strands from heat damage is prevention. Cut down on your heat styling routine, and better yet, limit your hot tool use for special occasions. When possible, let your hair air dry and maximize your hair’s natural texture with mousse or texturizing products. Or be creative and try heat-free styles, like braids, buns, or a ponytail. Ultimately, giving your hair frequent vacations from heat is the best way to maintain its strength, vitality, and health.
It’s okay to love your heat styling tools – as long as you use them in moderation while implementing our tips to protect your hair from heat styling damage.