Even the most well-meaning people can end up experiencing heat damage in their hair at some point in their lives. It happens with improper use or overuse of curling irons, flat irons or blow dryers. Excess heat can cause the outer later of the hair strand to lift up, preventing it from retaining moisture. This then leads to the dryness and brittleness that is consistent with heat damage.
Heat is a necessary component for so many hairstyles that it can seem almost impossible to avoid. However, heat damage is neither inevitable nor necessary. Here are some ways to deal with your hair once the damage has already been done.
Stop Using Heat On Heat Damaged Hair
It seems almost too obvious to say, but it’s really important to cut back on the amount of heat that you apply to your hair. If you can’t go without using heat altogether, at least try to limit the use drastically. Try alternative styling methods like using curlers instead of a curling iron. Embrace your curls instead of constantly flat ironing – you may experience a newfound appreciation for your natural locks.
Protect Your Hair From Heat Damage
If you absolutely MUST use a heating tool on your hair, then get into the habit of using protection. A good heat protectant contains ingredients that form a protective barrier around the strands. Try using Design Essentials Silk Essentials Thermal Strengthening Serum as a protectant against heat when using your styling tools. Sealing already damaged strands with a protectant can help reduce further breakage.
Dry Your Hair First
This may seem redundant, but there’s a reason you should ensure that your hair is dry enough before using a heat styling tool. Applying high temperatures to the water in your hair can actually cause the droplets to boil, which can rupture your hair’s strands. Never skip the step of wrapping your hair in a microfiber towel to absorb excess water before you go ahead and use a hair dryer.
Old Styling Tools Can Cause Heat Damage
You might be in love with your flat iron from high school, but it’s time to let it go! If you’re still using heating tools from five years ago or more, then you may be setting yourself up for heat damage. These tools have carefully calibrated heating controls that can unfortunately go haywire over time.
If it’s been several years, you may be using a heating tool that isn’t heating the way you expect it to, causing you to unknowingly apply more heat to your hair than you should. Be safe and update your heating tools if you’ve had them for a long time.