You probably already know that heat protectants are a non-negotiable part of styling your hair, but have you ever considered there's a right way to apply them? In order to prevent heat damage and the consequent brittle strands that are prone to splitting or snapping off, there are a few things you need to do before reaching for your favorite hot tool. So, what are they?
Just like a DIY blowout, properly applying a heat protectant is a lot easier if you divide your hair into sections. That way, you can spritz each section evenly from roots to ends, and keep track of where you've applied, and where you haven't.
2/ Use a comb
Combing your hair after applying a heat protectant helps to work the product through your strands to catch any you may have missed. Even if most of your mane is protected, a few scorched pieces can ruin your look, and require an impromptu haircut.
3/ Use your hands
Whether you're starting with dry or damp locks, use your fingers to work the protectant evenly into shorter hairstyles after spraying it all over.
If you're preparing to heat style dry hair, it's important to wait for a few minutes after applying a protectant in order to let the product dry thoroughly. Using a flat or curling iron on hair that contains even the smallest amount of moisture will cook the hair and result in dried out, frazzled strands.