Best Ways to Protect Your Hair from Heat Damage
If you want to have healthy hair the best thing to do is to use little or no heat. Using your straighteners or flat iron once a week with heat protecting products is what you would do in an ideal world. But this is not always the case.
Most hairdressers (including myself) like to change their hairstyles to match the frequent changing hair trends. This leaves us with over-processed hair. Here are some of the products and techniques we use to help protect our hair.
Use a Heat Protectant
There are different types of heat protection on the marker these include creams, spray and paste. Ensure that you are using the best heat protectant for your hair hair type. Eg; if you have frizzy hair use a protectant made for frizzy hair or if you have coloured hair that needs moisture buy the product that will protect your colour while adding moisture.
When using your hair dryer choose the medium or low heat setting, this might take longer to dry your hair but a lower setting will cause less heat damage. Never keep the dryer one section of the hair. Keeping your dryer on the same section of hair can cause damage. Move the dryer frequently from side to side or up and down as this will help the air to circulate.
Try Hairstyles With No Heat
Choose a day or two out of the week when you rest your hair from heat . A messy bun, loose plaits, french twist, braided top knot and easy chignon are all styles that you can try on non heat days.
Use A Deep Conditioning Treatment
Once a week give your hair a treat. Heated tools can take away your hairs natural moisture you need to find a way to restore your hair’s natural balance after heat styling. Try leaving deep conditioning treatment on your hair for 20 to 30 minutes a week. Next time you go to the salon ask your stylist for a protein or keratin treatment. These two treatments combined will help to strengthen your strands and keep your hair as healthy as possible.
Avoid Using Heated Tools on Dirty Hair
Never use heat on hair that is dirty or has product buildup. Always starting with clean, well conditioned hair as this will will give you a clean base to work with and help your hairstyle last longer. Ensure that you clean your flat iron or straighteners plates before using. Product build up on your heated hair tools can cause hair damage.
How to Choose the Best Heated Tools for Your Hair
I always tell my clients that price is not the most important thing to consider when buying heated hair tool. Before you buy your curlers or flat iron you should think about the right tools for your needs. Ask yourself; How often you need to style your hair, the size of the wand or straighteners, will you be able to clean there tools easily.
Hair Tools are made from different materials and will give your hair a different finish. Take a look at the different types of materials and choose the one that best fits your hair needs:
• Titanium irons heat up quickly, applying higher temperatures more evenly. These irons tend to be pricier, and you don't need a titanium iron unless you have very curly, coarse hair.
• Ceramic irons merge value and effectiveness, offering even heat for most hair textures. Some straighteners, however, are only ceramic-coated. Over time, the ceramic wears down, leaving you with an iron that distributes heat unevenly or doesn't work at all.
• Tourmaline plates are great for damaged hair. Sometimes called 'ionic plates', these plates produce more negative than positive ions, reducing frizz and sealing the hair shaft.