You spend a long time on your hair. There are blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons in your bathroom that you may use on a daily basis. While these styling tools can make your hair look fabulous, they are capable of doing severe damage.
Excessive heat damage can result in split ends, breakage, dry or coarse-feeling hair. But this does not mean you have to abandon your favorite styling tool. By following a few simple tips you can keep your hair looking fabulous.
Never apply thermal heat to your hair (i.e. blow dryer, straightening iron, curling iron) without having product in your hair. Always use a heat protectant or leave-in conditioner, such as Supershine Moisturizing Cream by Oribe.
1. Use Quality Styling Tools
Use tools that have different heat settings. This will allow you to control the temperature and minimize the damage done to your hair. Cheaper tools will have only one setting, which makes it harder to protect your hair.
Look for styling tools that actually display the temperature. This will give you the opportunity to really control the heat you are applying to your hair. Most tools range in heat from 170 to 400 degrees. Keep in mind that 400 degrees is far too hot for your hair.
Oribe Royal Blowout spray-in heat protectant is one of the most popular products for straightening irons.
2. Style According To Your Hair Type
Now that you have some excellent tools in your styling arsenal, it is time to take your hair type into consideration.
As a general rule, the thinner your hair, the lower the heat you should use. But this does not mean that if you have very thick hair you should crank up the heat; there is almost no situation where your should be using the highest heat setting.
3. Use Protection
There are a number of products out there that will provide your hair with some protection against the heat from your styling tools. The main ingredients in these products are usually silicone, natural oils or water-based.
You should be using these products on a regular basis, especially if you use irons as they cause more damage than blow dryers.
4. Get Professional Help
A little professional help can go a long way. The next time you see your stylist, ask for some advice on styling your hair. Your stylist can give you a few tips or techniques that will keep your hair healthy and looking great.
The Salon by Lora Brown can help with all your styling needs whether it be cut, color, blowouts, braids or anything else.
Lora Brown is a master stylist and the owner of The Salon by Lora Brown. She has worked in the salon industry for 30 years.