If you often style your hair with heat, make sure you don’t break these rules—for your hair’s sake!
What does styling hair often involve? Does it include often using a blow dryer? How about a flat iron or a curling iron? If heated styling tools have become your BFFs, we bet your hair’s not very happy about it. Extreme heat, which your tools use to style your hair to submission, dries out your strands fast and makes them brittle and prone to breakage. But damaging as it may be, heat styling is still the best way to achieve some of the most gorgeous hairstyles that we want to try, so we understand it can’t be avoided that easily. To minimize the damage when you’re styling with high temp, make sure follow these rules.
How to minimize damage when styling hair with heat
1. Use heat protectant
Before you let any of your heated styling tools touch your strands, make sure your hair is protected with a good heat protectant product. This will shield your tresses from the high temperature and prevent extreme damage. You put on sunblock before going out in the sun to protect your skin, right? This works the same way.
We recommend: TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray. It shields hair from the damaging effects of heat styling. It also seals in shine, and because it’s infused with keratin, it reduces frizz, too; so aside from protecting your hair, this product also makes your tresses look so much more beautiful after styling.
2. Towel or air dry hair before using a blow dryer
This would cut down the drying time, and the less time you expose your hair to heat, the better — because it also means less damage. So wait until your tresses are at least 50% dry before blasting it with a blow dryer. Also, don’t use a flat iron or curling iron on wet hair.
Editor’s tip: While waiting for your hair to air dry, spritz it with a heat protectant spray, such as TONI&GUY Heat Protection Mist to help get your hair ready for the heat styling. It also gives a good grip on that hairstyle.
3. Don’t do it every day
Give your hair a break from heat styling every now and then. If you’re just running errands, skip the blow dryer and the flat iron, and show off your natural hair instead. Or maybe put it up in a cute messy updo that won’t require heat styling. Your hair will thank you!
4. Invest in good tools
If styling hair with heat is something you do often, you have to be smart when choosing your tools. Look for ones with adjustable temperature so you can turn down the heat anytime and avoid frying your strands. For blow dryers, pick one that comes with a nozzle attachment so you can distribute the heat evenly. If you have more to spend, you might want to consider investing in a diffuser so that you can spread the heat when you dry your hair. We’re not saying you should blow your budget on styling tools, but try to pick professional or salon-quality ones because those usually have a better technology that helps minimize heat damage.
Products to help protect hair from styling damage
TRESemmé Total Salon Repair Shampoo
Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Straight
TONI&GUY Damage Repair Mask
Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream
After blow drying your hair, use a coin-size amount of Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream starting on your hair part down to the ends. It will help tame frizz and give a smooth, nourished look. You can even do this without blow drying your hair.
Save this article for later so that the next time you pick up that flat iron, you know what to do!
Next read: Now that you know how to avoid damage while styling hair with heat, it is time to check if you are brushing your hair the right way.