We all use a lot of heat when it comes to styling our hair. And if we’re really honest, we don’t always know the precautions we should be taking to really keep our hair in a healthy state. Most of us get into our routines with how we do our hair and how we use the styling tools as teens and don’t really think twice about changing our ways as we get older. But we have to be honest with you… you need to stop frying your hair. We’re not just going to tell you to do something without actually giving you the tips to apply! We’re dishing on the best tips to consider to avoid damaging your hair.
Prep Your Hair FIRST
We get it, it’s SO easy to just get started with blow drying and curling/straightening your hair the minute you’re ready. But that can be causing a lot of damage to occur on your hair. Before getting started with any heated hair styling tools you need to apply a heat protectant product to your hair. Applying a great heat protectant product to your hair before applying heat to your hair is a good way to create a barrier of sorts to keep your hair protected. What many heat protectant products do is lock the moisture in your hair and keep a lot of the nourishment that tends to get dried out (or fried) when using heated hair styling tools.
Give Your Hair a Break
We want our hair to look flawless every day. But while the temptation to use heated hair styling tools daily is real, it can also be causing you to fry your hair. Even when you utilize a high quality heat protectant product on your hair to give your hair protection, it’s still necessary to give your hair a break. Experts suggest avoiding using heated styling tools on a regular basis, meaning daily. Try to minimize how often you’re using heat on your hair as much as you can and give your hair a break on the other days. This will give your hair a chance to have a bit of a break and not be under more heat stress.
Use Proper Settings
When it comes to using heated hair styling tools, experts suggest looking for tools that have different heat settings. Because we all have different hair and different hair types, this is key to really making sure that you don’t end up damaging your hair too much. You’re going to want to play around with different heat settings to really find an option that suits your hair type. But in general, those with fine and thin hair want to air on a cooler heat setting while those with thicker or more coarse hair can use a heat setting that’s a bit higher. Start on a lower setting and work your way up (slowly) as you find you need a hotter setting.