Protect Your Hair From Heat Damage. Heat styling is very popular, with blow dryers and curling irons among the most common devices. But excess heat has the potential to cause dullness, dryness, split ends, and breakage.
Here are the best ways to keep your hair safe from heat damage.
1. Don’t Heat Style at All
Believe it or not
it is actually possible to style your hair without using heated tools. It starts with washing your hair in the evening, so you won’t have to dry it. Squeeze the water out with a towel instead of rubbing it, as this will leave your hair frizzy.
Brush with a boar bristle brush to detangle your hair, use mist for volume, and try Epsom salt to get waves with no heat needed.
2. Keep Your Hair Hydrated
That being said, most of us will still want to use heat styling tools-they’re incredibly convenient and effective. Since the main problem caused by excess heat is dehydrated hair, using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner can help remedy this problem.
You can also look into a deep-conditioning hair mask for deeper penetration of hydration.
3. Use Flexible Heating Tools
Don’t buy heating tools with only one setting.
If you have the option to set your tools to lower heat, you can often accomplish the same look, with much less damage to your hair. Choose tools with a low heat setting and start with that, gradually increasing the heat if you find you need extra power.
4. Keep Your Tools Moving-
The worst damage occurs when you leave a heating tool at a high temperature on your hair for too long.
So the next time you’re using a flat iron, keep it moving! You can get the same effect by giving your hair a break and moving the iron through it again.
The same is true of a blow dryer: pick a section and blow dry it as you move it through a round brush for no more than two minutes.
Even if it’s still damp, move on to another section to give it a break. And once it’s dry, hit it with some cold air to seal the cuticle.
5. Know Your Hair
Different types of hair are more susceptible to heat damage than others. If you have particularly fine hair, you need to be especially careful when styling it, as thin hair can be burnt much more quickly than thicker tresses.
There’s a dilemma that we face when it comes to styling our hair. We want to style it in the most effective way, for the most dramatic and glamorous looks. But we also want it to stay healthy in the long term, and so many of the techniques involved in styling can permanently damage your hair, leaving it unattractive and unmanageable.
Try the tips above to style your hair safely, with or without heat.