We can be terribly ignorant when it comes to hair styling. Hair is subject to high levels of heat due to the styling tools that we use to design our hair. Hot irons, blow dryers and curling irons may make your hair look great but can also cause a lot of damage. Hair rehabilitations become inevitable with the lengthy usage of these tools.
The application of thermal heat protectants can seal and shield the strands from excessive heat. During heat styling, the moisture is well-maintained in the hair shaft with the help of the thermal protectant that also promotes healthy shine, elasticity and texture of the hair.
So, how can you keep your hair healthy while using styling tools?
Choose the right kind of tools:
Use high-quality styling irons if you are going to curl or straighten your hair. Inexpensive and low-quality hair styling irons can cause more harm than good. A superior material is less likely to cause too much damage. To minimise harm to your hair, you can use either ceramic irons, tourmaline irons or titanium irons. Where the amount of negative ions produced by tourmaline irons is six times more than ceramic irons, titanium irons are the most expensive. They heat quickly, provide even heating consistencies and cause the least damage.
Variable temperature settings on your tool:
Consider the thickness of your hair when you are styling them with a heat tool. Heating irons and even blow dryers come with low, medium and high heat settings. Use the lowest possible heat to keep your hair from getting damaged and yet obtain the desired style. The temperature settings on your hot iron can vary from 175oF to about 400oF, which should be sufficient to tame your hair the way you want it. Thin hair would require the lowest temperature that is 175oF. The temperature can be raised if your hair is not curling or straightening properly. Never set the temperature higher than 400oF because no matter how coarse your hair is, it can cause utmost damage.
Blow drying your hair:
When hair is wet and you instantaneously apply heat, it can bring your hair to a boil. So much so, that the moisture is literally boiled out of your hair. Air dry your hair for a while before you use a blow dryer.
Application of a heat protectant:
As explained earlier, coat your hair with a heat protectant so that the hair does not lose its natural moisture. Heat protectant sprays are best for thin hair while protectant oils are good for thick and coarse hair.