Hot tips for preventing heat damage
By Celina Mahoney
We all know just how damaging hot tools, such as blow dryers, straighteners and curling irons can be on hair, but banishing them completely can be a bit tricky. Thankfully, there are a number of ways you can protect your hair which will reduce the amount of damage as well as make it shiny and manageable for any style.
- It all starts in the shower
While it might be tempting to pick up a pretty smelling $3 bottle from the supermarket, nothing is more important than using a salon quality shampoo and conditioner. They are packed full of high quality ingredients than can help to maintain the health of your hair, which is very important for anyone who regularly uses heat tools. However the options can be overwhelming, so we recommend asking your stylist what the best option is for your hair next time you visit the salon! A good starting point for any styling addict is something that has heat protection ingredients, such as the De Lorenzo Thermal range (available from Hairhouse Warehouse).
- Add a mask
Investing in a restorative hair mask can be a great option for any hair that is prone to becoming dry and damaged. Plus, if your ends are already looking a little fried, many masks contain ingredients that help to seal split ends, which helps to reduce the appearance of damage. The same rule applies as with shampoo though: you get what you pay for! So while it may seem a bit exorbitant to spend $50 on a treatment, in the long run it will pay off. The Moroccanoil Restorative Mask is a fantastic mask for improving the condition of hair, and can be used less frequently as desired results become apparent ($51.95 from Hairhouse Warehouse).
- Treat it well
The next most important step is adding a heat protection product before styling. There are all sorts of serums, sprays and mousses that work in the same way, so it’s just a matter of finding the option that suits you. Once hair is towel dried, apply the product and comb it through to distribute it evenly, then style as normal. You can even apply a little extra when you’re separating your hair before straightening or curling for added protection! Redken’s Hot Set 22 Thermal Setting Mist not only protects up to 232°C but also adds shine and a light hold ($34.95 from Hairhouse Warehouse).
- Go natural
Whilst these tips can help minimise heat damage, the only way to keep your hair in its best condition is to limit the use of styling tools when possible. Try to reduce their use to one or two times per week, or for those special occasions. But if you feel like you have to use them more often, let your hair air dry until at least 80% dry before blow drying and styling. This will keep your hair as healthy and beautiful as possible!
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