Tips to Avoid Heat Damaged Hair

The use of hot tools like blow dryer, straightening and curling iron makes it easier for you to style your hair. It does a great job in taming otherwise unruly strands. However, frequent use of heat styling tools can lead to dry, brittle and damaged hair.

Let’s face it. It can be hard to walk out of the house with your hair in its natural state. Despite the knowledge that long-term use of heat tools can lead to heat damage, you will inevitably use them.

Here are some tips on how to protect your hair from heat damage.

Use a thermal protection spray

Heat protectant spray lubricates your hair, so it is smoother and easier to detangle. It also forms a protective barrier, which protects it from the heat of your tools. Plus, it prevents moisture loss and keeps your hair conditioned despite the heat.

To protect your strands from damage, we highly recommend that you apply thermal protection spray before blow drying or running a straightening iron through your hair. Look for heat protectant sprays that contain emollients or vitamins. These ingredients will help hydrate dry hair over time.

Select the right heat setting

Some tools have heat settings that range between 175 to 400°F. To prevent heat damage, make sure that you select the heat setting based on your hair type.

If you have thin, fine hair, we advise that you use the lowest setting. Individuals with thicker hair can set it at a higher temperature, but make sure not to go over 350 °F. Excessive heat can be damaging to your hair.

Hydration counts

Frequent use of hot tools can leave your hair dry, dull, and prone to damage. To prevent further damage, you need to bring some moisture back to your strands.

Condition your hair every time you wash it. Also, it is a good idea to do deep conditioning treatment once a week. You may also apply natural oils to hydrate and moisturize your strands.

Limit the use of heat styling tools

Heat protectant sprays do a great job in protecting your hair from damage. However, constant use of these tools can cause damage to your tresses. In fact, any hot tools can make your hair dry and crispier over time. Our advice? Put down the tools. Go on a styling strike twice a week. Give your hair a chance to restore.