How to Protect Your Hair From Heat Styling Tools (Part 2: However, Haircare)
If you’re like me, you just cannot go with heat styling tools! But, maybe you worry about damaging your hair since that’s what we’re always warned about?
Well, here’s some tips on how to protect your hair from your favorite heat styling tools!
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Choose good, quality tools.
There are three materials to look for when purchasing good, quality heat styling tools.
Ceramic is a great heat conductor and reduces static electricity all while not harming fragile and/or damaged hair.
Tourmaline offers even heat distribution along the hair shaft. This protects your hair from future damage.
Titanium begins sealing your hair shaft from the first time you use it. This provides shine, hold and manageability.
Select the correct heat setting for your hair type.
No matter your hair type, you should never go above 400 degrees. You could have the thickest hair, the curliest hair…do not go above 400 degrees. For fine, damaged hair use the lowest setting. Then, the thicker and stronger your hair is the higher in temperature you’ll go (while always maintaining below 400 degrees!).
Plus, it’s always better to use the tool for a longer period of time rather than a higher heat setting. However, again, only a few seconds per hair section at max.
Find an effective thermal protection spray.
A good thermal protection spray will shield your tresses from adverse effects of high heat and from the friction caused by repeated use of heat styling tools. It makes your hair soft and manageable while restoring shine to your locks. Good sprays often contain vitamins or emollients, too! These re-hydrate dry, parched hair.
Use hydrating hair masks on a regular basis.
Our love for all of our heat styling tools can really make our hair become straw-like, dull, dry and lifeless. The cure is to use a hydrating hair mask at least twice a week. Apply an ultra-moisturizing mask to the tips and along the length of your hair after shampooing and leave it in for 5-10 minutes before rinsing with cool water. Then, pat your hair dry with a towel. Lastly, use your thermal protection spray as usual.
Now, I really do like the Monat mask.
Lastly, add a super-powered reparative cream to your haircare routine.
Leave-in reparative creams help to improve the texture and appearance of hair damaged by heat tool overuse. It’s halfway between a cream and a serum, but their high concentration of sealants such as cicamide and pro-keratine instantly penetrates the hair shaft to protect it against breakage, split ends and of course damage. You’ll apply it to the ends and along the length of ultra-dry, damaged or dehydrated hair. This will replenish the shine and health and help protect against heat.
I would love to hear if you’ve tried any of these suggestions and/or products in the comments below!
And, don’t forget to check back next week on how to make your hair color last longer.