I can’t think of anyone who actually likes heat damaged, dry looking hair full of split ends. If you enjoy any of these, stop reading now! If, however, you’d like better looking, glossier hair, here’s some tips for you.
If you can, lay off of the hair dye! I know this is not possible for everyone, but if you must get your hair colored, see a professional who has products that are much better quality than over the counter dyes, but who can also recommend a good leave in conditioner. Also try to get your hair trimmed frequently to keep the split ends away. Most stylists recommend every four to six weeks.
Let’s discuss shampoo and conditioner for a moment. I’m not advocating running out and buying products that cost hundreds of dollars, but choosing the best type of shampoo and conditioner for your hair works wonders against combating heat damage. Once you find the right balance, you should be able to find multiple brands to suit your budget. This also goes for leave in conditioner, or a deep conditioning treatment which is good to use about once a week.
In an ideal world, we would all have perfect hair that doesn’t require anything other than a simple shampoo and conditioner. Unfortunately, only about .01% of the population are this lucky. The rest of us are stuck with having to blow dry and straighten our hair. Both of these tools are the absolute worst when it comes to trying to protect your hair from too much heat. Fortunately, there are some tips to using these products.
First of all, make sure to use some type of hair spray or serum to protect your hair before applying heat to it. If possible, try skipping a day or two between washing your hair. This will cut down tremendously on how much heat you have to apply to your hair and is probably one of the best ways to protect your hair against heat damage. Unfortunately, not everyone can get away with this. If you have oily hair, try dry shampoo every other day instead of washing, blow drying, and straightening. This is also a huge time saver. If at all possible, wash your hair and let it air dry at night. That way you only have to worry about straightening it in the morning, which will save you the time and trouble of a blow dryer, and also protect your hair from too much heat.
If you absolutely must blow dry your hair, do it on a cool or warm setting instead of on high. Both of these settings will protect your hair from too much heat. Also, while blow drying your hair, make sure to keep moving the blow dryer to different sections of your hair. Blow drying your hair in the same spot will not only cause your head to feel as though it was on fire, but it also causes more heat damage. Remember, it is not necessary to blow dry your hair until it is bone dry. A little moisture never hurt anyone.
Most standard hair straighteners heat up to 450 degrees. Most people think that they need the highest temperature available to straighten their hair. That is not true, and heat at that temperature damages your hair more than say, 200 degrees. Next time you straighten your hair, tone down the temperature. Turn it down about 25 degrees, and see if that works. If it does, next time try 25 degrees cooler. Keep doing this until you find the minimal temperature you can use to straighten your hair and get results.
The last, but most obvious cause of heat damage to your hair is the sun. To protect your hair from too much heat damage, don’t go outside! Just kidding. The best fix for your hair while outside is to wear a hat that covers all of it, but that is not always an ideal situation. Try hair sunscreen to protect your hair from too much heat. You can also try a leave in conditioner. If you are outside a lot, especially if you live in an ocean town, make sure you keep your hair conditioned properly.