How your hair looks can make a significant difference to your overall appearance. For this reason, many people make a special effort to style their hair in such a way that it greatly improves how they look.
One of the most popular ways of styling hair is to use hair straightening irons. These can make it look sleek, glossy and stylish.
However, if you are not careful, the whole process of straightening can have the reverse effect and potentially cause damage.
The following tips can help you to keep your hair healthy when using hot styling tools on a regular basis.
Use a Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. This is certainly true when it comes to straightening. You can reduce the likelihood of damage caused by hot styling tools before the appliance gets anywhere near your hair.
Using hot appliances on your hair regularly can strip the moisture from your hair. Therefore, you need to get as much moisture into it before straightening as possible.
The easiest way to do this is to use good quality shampoos and conditioners that add moisture back into your locks hydrating and keeping it nourished.
If you don’t see one that specifically states that it will add moisture, opt for one that is intended for dry and damaged hair. There are plenty of these shampoos and conditioners available in a variety of price ranges.
Choose Good Quality Flat Irons
Your choice of flat iron can also make a big difference to whether you damage your hair or not when straightening.
Although you do not necessarily need the best straightener, or the most expensive, you should take the time to find good a flat iron that is best suited for your hair type and less likely to cause damage.
First, look for an iron that has adjustable heat settings rather than just one as this will allow you to choose the right setting for your hair type.
Next, you should choose a good flat iron with high-quality plates. One with either ceramic or titanium-plated plates is good as these are designed to protect to your mane. Make sure if they are ‘coated’ that it’s not going to chip off removing the protective layer.
Choose the Right Setting
It is a common mistake that people make when using a hair straightening iron to put it on the highest setting possible. They believe that the hotter the appliance is, the quicker they will straighten and they will achieve better results. However, this is not true and jumping directly to the highest setting could cause damage.
A tip to help you choose the right setting is the finer your hair is, the lower the setting of your flat iron you need. Another tip is to start on a low setting and see how well it straightens your hair. If it is not straightening well, then raise the setting.
Use Hair Thermal Protective Products
The final strategy you can use to prevent damage to your hair when using a straightening iron is to use protective products when styling. They are specifically formulated for use when styling with flat irons and curling tongs to minimize damage.
Many of these products contain silicone as this provides the hair with a protective coating. Once you have applied the product, you should work quickly and only hold a heated flat iron on each section of hair for four or five seconds; extended exposure is likely to cause drying and damage.
If it is too late for you to use these strategies as you have already damaged your hair, there are ways you can repair the damage. It is not just hair straightening irons and curling tongs that cause damage; super-hot blow-drying and coloring hair can also cause harm.
It is a good idea to visit the hairdresser and get the split/dry ends cut off. Also using products and treatments intended for the repair of damaged hair. Products that contain oils, moisturizers and protein are the best ones to choose.
Although using an iron can potentially damage your hair, there are steps you can take to avoid this happening.
Using moisturizing hair products, choosing the quality straighteners, using protective serums, opting the lowest temperature setting that is possible, and limiting the time you straighten each section, are all steps you can take to keep your hair healthy when using heated hair appliances.
When using these tips styling your hair in the way you want while achieving a sleek and glossy finish will be a breeze!