How to Protect Hair From Heat Damage
If you regularly style your hair with hot tools, you’re leaving your strands vulnerable to heat damage. Be sure to keep the following in mind next time you pick up your blow dryer, curling iron/wand, or flat iron.
Get regular Trims
Your hair may become damaged from frequent heat styling. Getting regular trims will prevent split ends, as well as keep your hair looking healthy.
Use a Heat Protectant
Heat protectants smooth your hair cuticle and help hair appear healthier and shinier. They provide a protective barrier between your strands and your hot tools, as well as add extra moisture to hair to help replace any lost during heat styling.
Invest In High Quality Tools
It is important to choose tools that allow you to adjust the temperature to best suit your hair. (See “choose the right heat setting”)
Additionally, the materials your tools are made of can have major effects on your hair – for better or worse! You should invest in tools that use ceramic, tourmaline, or titanium. Inexpensive tools tend to heat unevenly and may cause you trouble when trying to style your hair, as well as cause irreparable damage. Higher quality tools have the added bonus of being efficient, meaning you don’t have to spend as much time submitting your locks to the heat.
Make sure Hair is Dry, not Damp
It is important to make sure hair is completely dry before applying heat. Whether you allow your hair to air dry or use a blow dryer, if you begin styling with hot tools while your hair is still damp it will only lead to damaged strands. Your hair is much more susceptible to damage while wet and if you add heat — well, just imagine the sound of oil hitting a hot frying pan.
Choose the Right Heat Setting
One of the biggest mistakes you can make for your hair is turning the heat up too high. The best range of temperatures for most hair types is between 150-200 degrees, although coarser hair may require a little more heat. If your tools are too hot, they’re going to damage your hair and may cause severe breakage.
Deep Condition Often
If you do subject your hair to heat styling, be sure to follow it up with a deep conditioner or hair mask. You should apply one or the other once a week, especially if your hair is prone to drying out.
Try Heat-Free Styles
On days you want to take a break from your hot tools, let your locks rest by putting your hair in a messy bun or braids. Putting your hair in rollers or pin curls overnight offers another great solution.