Heat styling can help you create picture-perfect hairstyles, but too much of it can also wreak havoc on your tresses. Excessive heat styling can strip your hair of its natural moisture and shine, make the ends look parched and result in lackluster, damaged strands. Just in case you're wondering whether you have to bid adieu to your favorite blow dryer, flat iron or curling iron, here's a reassurance – there are a few simple steps that you can follow to avoid hair damage during heat styling. Eager to know what they are? Read on!
1/ Prime and Prep Your Hair
Whether you're planning to blow dry your damp hair or create loose waves or sculpted curls, it is very important to prepare your hair for the heat styling process. Some of the most common telltale signs of hair damage due to heat include split-ends and fried, brittle strands. Just as you apply a primer on your face before putting on makeup, you must spritz your hair with a heat protectant hairspray before styling it with heat.
There's a variety of heat protectant hair products available in the markets these days, with different variations for blow-outs, hair straightening and hair curling. Choose one that best suits your hair styling needs and spritz it generously over your hair. The product will form a protective shield around your hair shafts and prevent any potential damage to your mane.
2/ Lower the Heat Setting
Every individual has a unique hair texture, which responds in a certain manner to heat. This is the reason why some women can flat iron their hair in a matter of minutes, while others may seem to take hours to create a perfect poker-straight hairstyle.
Most heat-styling tools go up to a maximum of 450 degrees, however, not all types or textures of hair require such a high temperature to be styled.
If you have thin, fine hair, scale back the heat to around 360 degrees to blow-dry your hair. For thicker hair, you might need to increase the temperature to 400 degrees. For best results, wait until your hair is semi-dry and then dry it off completely with a blow dryer on medium heat setting.
Similarly, there's a difference between the amount of heat your need to put on your freshly shampooed hair as compared to second or third day hair. If you're styling your hair in between washes, you don't need to set the temperature very high.
3/ Reduce Your Heat Styling Frequency
Lived-in hairstyles are on trend these days, which means we need not use our beloved heat styling tools as often as we usually do.
Reducing the number of times you style your hair using a curling iron, a flat iron or a blow dryer will not only help you forestall any potential heat styling damages but also give tender loving care to your precious locks.