It’s understandable if you’re a fan of flat irons, curlers, blow dryers, hair straighteners, and other heat-infused hairstyling tools. They’re effective and allow you to produce a variety of hairstyles that your hair type couldn’t naturally achieve. However, when you use your hair straightener on a daily basis or only occasionally, you must take a few precautions to avoid irreversible damage to your hair.
The best way to prevent this damage is to use a good thermal protector! Whether you use a heating appliance twice a week or every day, the application of a protective spray helps preserve the appearance of the hair while making it more shiny. It acts as a protective layer and ensures that the hair’s cuticles stay closed. It is important to use it before blow-drying, flat ironing, hot rollers or curling iron.
The good news though is that you can protect your hair from heat damage by following these tips:
1) Use Heat-Protecting Primers
Whether you use oil-based, spray, or even a leave-in conditioner, adding a type of primer to your hair before using any heated tool can help reduce heat damages, keep hair hydrated, and promote shine. Some even contain special ingredients that preempt the removal of nutrients from your hair follicles with hairstyling tool usage.
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer even includes six types of oils to ensure your hair is frizz-free and nourished with essential oils. If styling tools tend to make your hair feel and look dry, a leave-in conditioning spray like Briogeo Roscaro’s milk reparative spritz lock in moisture on your hair prior to heating. Other notable breakage-preventing, heat-shielding primers include John Frieda Frizz Ease Heat Defeat Protecting Spray and GHD Heat Protect Spray (straight from the makers of the popular hair straightener tools).
2) Deep Conditioning Works Wonders
If you’re seeing signs of heat damage, such as excessive breakage, shedding, split ends, high porosity, unmanageable hair, it’s important to take action early and reverse this damage with deep conditioning. You can go organic and use natural recipes for deep conditioning. Or buy ready-made masks, cream, balm, and conditioners made specifically to improve moisture and repair hair damage caused by heated hairstyling tools.
Shea Moisture SuperFruit Complex 10-in-1 Renewal System Hair Masque contains various oils from mango, avocado, shea butter, coconut, goji and other fruits to moisturize hair and leave it frizz-free and smelling sweet. The Aussie 3-Minute Miracle Moist is super-affordable, highly-effective, and leaves your hair shiny and soft. Biolage Hydrasource Conditioning Balm comes highly-recommended by those with thick or curly hair.
3) Straightening or curling unruly hair
Hair should always be properly prepared for straightening or curling. One thing you should never forget is to properly comb or brush your hair for straightening. It’s very easy to damage uncombed, unruly, tangled hair – the straightening iron doesn’t glide smoothly and can pull or break it. Of course, you can use detangling products to help.
For women with curly hair who are looking to straighten, if combing your hair is too much of a hassle, at least try prepping it with moisturizing products!
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4) Argan Oil Moisturizes Damaged Hair and Prevents Future Damage
If you don’t have the budget or patience to try various hair products, Argan oil could be your solution. It comes in various forms – spray, oil, mask, cream or shampoo/conditioner.
Originating from Morocco, Argan oil is extracted from the nuts of Argan tree. It has been a major ingredient in many hair products for decades due to its moisturizing and healing properties. Plus, it provides your hair with much-needed vitamin E to stimulate regrowth of damaged hair cells.
If you like leave-in treatments, choose HIS Argon Oil Thermal Protector in spray formula to remove frizz, infuse your hair with vitamins A, B, C and D, as well as take advantage of argon oil’s benefit. As heat protection, you can use Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil to enhance moisture, seal split-ends, and soak in nutrients your hair needs. If you’re using Argan oil as a preventive measure for future heat damage, you should check out Maple Holistics Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner.
4) Styling Products with Heat Protection
If you prefer not to use a primer, but often go with styling products like spray, mist, gel, cream, mousse, and more, you’ll be glad to know that tons of brands are now offering variants with heat protection. The best thing about these products is that most of them also add shine, de-frizz, increase softness, and smoothen your hair, while giving it much-needed protection from getting fried.
Two highly-rated products Kerastase’s Elixir Ultime Oleo-Complex Versatile Beautifying Oil and Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Heat Protect & Shine Spray can both be used as a primer, moisturizer, a leave-in conditioner or finishing product.
5) Use lower-temperature tools with dry hair
For those who are not fans of hair products, you can prevent heat damage by religiously doing these two things:
- Dry hair before styling – While many tools cater to both damp and dry hair, the best way to prevent heat damage is to make sure your hair is 100% dry. Using any hot styling tool while your hair is wet burns your strands more quickly.
- Lower temperature – Most styling tools have adjustable temperatures. Use the lower heat settings. You’ll be amazed that straighteners and curlers would still work as effectively. The only difference is that you’d spend more time styling your hair and you have a better chance at preventing hair heat damage.
Following these five tips could help prevent future heat damage, or restore already-damaged hair.