Hey girls! We all want beautiful curls, and usually we have the time and energy to make them. But…we have to, and I repeat, HAVE TO, protect our hair from heat damage. So, with that in mind, here are the top tips to keep your curly locks healthy and cool.
To protect your hair from potential heat damage, start with quality tools. This means quality hair dryers and curling irons. You don’t have to spend large amounts of money on quality tools. Simply learn about the heat levels they reach and any heat controls they come with.
Too high a temperature can damage your hair. Inferior tools reach temperatures above required levels. This is not only dangerous for your hair, but also for your skin. By doing a little bit of research up front before you purchase, you will find yourself with stronger, healthier hair.
Know your hair
You know your hair better than anyone else, so you know what equipment and techniques are best to treat your hair. For example, if you have finer, thinner hair, the temperature can be lower.
Another example: you need to know about the texture of your hair in order to determine what type of straightener is best, and what heat level is best.
Timing is everything
The less time your hair is exposed to heat, the better off it is going to be and the easier it is to protect your hair. This means, if you can, allow your hair to air dry. If you don’t have the time, use the lowest setting possible to get the job done. You also want to use a leave-in conditioner a few times a week that has SPF in it, in order to protect against the sun.
After you use the hair dryers, curling irons and other equipment, it is very important to return moisture back into the hair. While it is never a good idea to use the equipment on a daily basis for long periods of time, there are certain instances where this is unavoidable.
That is exactly why you need to infuse moisture back into your hair. There are moisturizing shampoos you can use. However, there are specific oils and moisturizers you can let soak into your hair that may not work wonders for repairing heat damage, but they can make a meaningful impact. Also, many salons provide some sort of a moisturizing service, in order to provide you with quality hair care, regardless of when you use the curling iron or dryers.
Know the techniques
One of the best ways to protect your hair from heat damage is to limit the amount of time it is exposed to heat and to know what you are doing. Going in blind with a particular design is going to cause some serious problems, as you are going to find yourself repeatedly curling, straightening or misting and blow drying your hair countless times.
That is why you need to know the techniques ahead of time. Whether this is watching YouTube videos or having step by step instructions in front of you, knowing the techniques is going to help you cut down on heat exposure time.