Styling tools have become an essential part of our hair care routine. We use them to straighten, curl, and add volume to our hair, but excessive heat can cause severe damage. Heat styling tools such as flat irons, curling irons, and blow dryers can damage the hair cuticle and leave it dry, brittle, and prone to breakage.
In this article, we will discuss how to protect your hair from heat damage when using styling tools.
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Use a Heat Protectant
Using a heat protectant is the first and most crucial step in protecting your hair from heat damage. Heat protectant products create a barrier between your hair and the styling tool. They also contain ingredients that help to seal in moisture and prevent breakage. Before using a styling tool, spray the heat protectant onto your hair, and distribute it evenly.
Use the Right Temperature
Most styling tools come with adjustable temperature settings. Use the lowest heat setting that can get the job done. Using high heat can cause severe damage to your hair. For fine or thin hair, use a lower temperature setting, and for thick or coarse hair, use a higher temperature setting. If you are unsure, start with a low heat setting and gradually increase it until you find the right temperature.
Don’t Overdo It
Limit your use of heat styling tools to two or three times a week. Overusing them can cause significant damage to your hair. Instead, try air-drying your hair or using heatless styling methods like braids, twists, or buns. These styles can create a similar effect to heat styling tools without causing damage.
Invest in Quality Styling Tools
Investing in high-quality styling tools is essential in protecting your hair from heat damage. Cheap styling tools may not distribute heat evenly, causing hot spots that can burn your hair. They may also have rough edges that can damage your hair cuticle. Look for styling tools with ceramic, tourmaline, or titanium plates. These materials distribute heat evenly, reducing the risk of hot spots.
Don’t Use Styling Tools on Wet Hair
Using styling tools on wet hair can cause severe damage to your hair. Wet hair is more prone to damage than dry hair. When heat is applied to wet hair, it causes the water in the hair to boil, damaging the hair cuticle. Make sure your hair is completely dry before using any heat styling tool.
In conclusion, protecting your hair from heat damage when using styling tools is essential in maintaining healthy hair. Always use a heat protectant, use the right temperature, limit your use, invest in quality styling tools, and don’t use styling tools on wet hair. By following these tips, you can have beautiful, healthy hair without sacrificing your favorite styling tools.
Samantha is a hairstylist with over 12 years of color and stylist experience. She enjoys using her knowledge to create what her clients really want when they sit down in her chair. Her passion is creating unique looks that her clients feel great in.