Thermal styling with flat irons, curling irons, hot rollers and even blow dryers can be very damaging to hair because the intense heat removes your hair’s essential moisture leaving it vulnerable. With regular abuse hair becomes dull and damaged and unfortunately, once heat has damaged your hair, there is nothing you can do to permanently repair it. Sure, some products work miracles for improving the appearance of heat damaged hair, but they can’t repair the hair. So, it’s very important that you take the necessary steps to prevent thermal damage from occurring.
Invest in High Quality Styling Tools
Premium tools utilize innovative technologies designed to reduce damage. They don’t have to cost you a fortune but they do need a few basic features. I recommend only using tools that have adjustable heat settings so you can use the correct temperature for your hair type and texture. If you use a blow dryer often, try to use an ionic dryer as this will greatly reduce the amount of time it takes to dry your hair. Ceramic flat irons and curling irons are the best option because ceramic distributes heat evenly which produces better results and prevents hotspots.
Use Heat Protectants
This is probably the most critical step in preventing damage. Heat protectants lock in the moisture, reduce friction and provide a protective barrier for your hair. Silicone, Dimethicone and Cyclomethicone based protectants work the best and try to avoid products that contain alcohol because they tend to dry hair out.
Steps for Blow Drying
- Shampoo, and condition your hair using a moisturizing formula.
- Towel dry your hair by patting and squeezing it with the towel as opposed to using a rubbing motion. Rubing your hair causes friction which can result in split ends and damage.
- Apply a thermal protectant and then follow with a wide-toothed comb to evenly distribute
- Then, separate your hair into 5-6 sections using clips.
- Now, using medium heat, began drying your first section at the top/root area. Hold the nozzle six inches away from the hair and don’t focus the air flow on one spot for too. For smooth styles, gently brush the hair during the drying process using a brush that allows air to flow through it like a vent or round brush. For volume and texture, tousle and scrunch the hair with your fingers while drying. Don’t dry your hair completely, only about 80%. It will only take 5-10 minutes for it to finish drying naturally and will keep you from drying out your hair.