I don’t often straighten or curl my hair,
but when I do, I make sure I am using protection.
I am going to take a guess and assume we all know that heat is the worst thing for our hair. Then, can someone please explain to me why we keep on putting it through so much damage? I understand it is fun to style it differently once in a while, but doing it more than twice a week is a huge risk for the future of our hair. I read somewhere: “with heat-styling comes gorgeous hair that behaves well all day long, and also, the inevitable damage”; this is so true. Honestly, I never straighten or curl my hair, it takes me too long, and it ends too fast. I mean, if I’m going to do it, it better be damn worth it.
Let me throw at you some facts about heat-damage that will surely scare the hell out of your curling iron.
- Heat causes the hair to dry out and, in most cases, it can burn away the follicle and cause severe trauma to the hair.
- After the effects of a perfectly styled hair wear off, it can become rough, fragile, more frizzy, chipped and damaged at the ends.
- To obtain desired results, heat styling devices must reach temperatures above boiling point, causing rapid water loss and dehydration.
Now let’s face it, neither I or a bunch of scientific data will stop you, so instead of telling you “don’t do it”, I will advise you to be careful and #useprotection.
Wow, major flashback to my teenage years.
Prevent damage by using heat protectants that maximize and seal moisture. Look for these ingredients when choosing your products:
- Panthenol, and Phytantriol = humectants that add more water to the hair.
- Botanical oils such as grapeseed oil, olive oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, and avocado oil = these will seal the water inside the cortex.
In order for these oils to work as protectants, we recommend you use your tools at a lower temperature than 150ºC.
Use a light spray or serum for fine hair, and cream or lotion protectants for thicker hair types.
If you love “occasionally” straightening, curling or blow-drying your hair, heat protectors can make a real difference, just don’t go crazy and style it every day. Humectants and insulating ingredients help reduce damage, but they don’t work miracles either. The only way to 100% fix damage, is to don’t go crazy and style it every day. If you don’t want to go as far as cutting, I would personally recommend you to follow a Hair Routine that’s made just for you, this will help you prevent and restore from daily damage.
’till next time,