Are you a heat power user?
Like, you can’t leave the house without those bouncy beach waves and blowdry your hair on the maximum setting to save time - every day?
Prepare to get burned…
Heat and hair don’t mix. Too much heat slowly wears down your hair’s natural defenses, leaving you with a dry and frizzy mess where your soft and shiny locks used to be. Ugh.
Fret not though. No need to say goodbye to your favorite curling tools or wash your hair only when you can let it air dry. With a few hacks to your haircare routine, your hair can enjoy the heat without getting all burned out.
Here are 5 easy ways to avoid heat damage to your hair:
1. Limit Heat Exposure
You may not be able to skip the blowdryer in winter but could do without it in the summer. Or how about you use dry shampoo in between washes so you don’t need to blowdry it as often? Or put your hair up in a chignon or sleek ponytail instead than curling it? There are so many ways to spice up your look that don’t involve heat. Leave your styling tools on the shelf for once and let your imagination run wild.
2. Soak It Up
Can’t avoid blowdrying your hair? Use a microfiber towel to soak up as much water as possible to reduce your blowdrying time. The catch? Don’t rub your hair back and forth! Your hair is more delicate when it’s wet and must be handled with care. Gently pat the towel on your hair for a few minutes. That does the job without frizzing up your hair and roughing up your cuticle.
3. Prep Your Hair
Did you know that moisture acts as a buffer against heat? It slows down the rate and distribution of heat, reducing the damage it does to your tresses. In plain English, when your hair has plenty of moisture, it better withstands heat. So plump up that moisture! Once or twice a week, do a deep conditioning treatment with Argan Oil. It moisturizes hair, tames frizziness and gives hair a beautiful, healthy shine. If your hair has already suffered lots of damage, try a hair protein treatment, like Pure Protein Filler Treatment. It replaces keratin that’s been lost by heat damage, nursing your hair back to all its lush, moisturized glory.
4. Use Heat Protectant Products
Wouldn’t it be great if you could heat-proof your hair? That’s what heat protectants are for. They coat your hair, creating a protective barrier that keeps moisture in and heat out. When you use a blowdryer, flat iron or other styling tools, the heat hits against this barrier, and is no longer able to suck all the moisture out of your hair. Less damage = healthier hair.
5. Measure It
Did you know that your hair burns at 450F? That’s if it’s healthy. If it’s already damaged and dry, it won’t be able to take more than 300F. But how can you tell how much heat it’s getting from your blowdryer? Smart hair tools CAN tell you. The newest generation of styling tools come with heat monitors that measure and regulate the temperature to avoid burnout. If your blowdryer only has the old Low/High settings, it’s time to upgrade.
Go on, blowdry your hair. It can withstand the heat now.