So technically I’ve mentioned this before, but only briefly. Although heat can do wonders in terms of styling your luscious mane, high temperatures are bad for your hair. Prolonged exposure to intense heat dries out hair and can lead to damage/breakage.
What do I mean by high temperatures? Well, the jury’s out on that one. Curling irons can go as high as 400+ degrees depending on the model, and I can’t imagine that’s doing any real good.
Now how do we protect our precious hair from getting wrecked? Simple.
1. Use a heat protectant. There are tons of products out there that get the job done. Two of my personal faves are TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray (mentioned in HEALTHY HAIR VOL. II) and By Vilain Sidekick. The latter also serves as a nice pre-styling product, providing some light hold after blow drying.
2. Lower the temperature. Yeah, higher temperatures give you more control over your hair strands during the styling process, but the excessive heat dries out the hair even more. A good blow dryer should have more than just one heat setting, and I’m not one who curls their hair but I’d venture to guess that most curling irons and straighteners come with multiple temperature settings.
3. Work fast. The less your hair is exposed to heat, the better. Simple as pie.
4. Find styles that don’t require heat. Yes, I know it can be hard to change up a routine, but this way you can limit the heat damage.
That’s all for today folks! And as always, thanks for reading!