It starts with washing
Our hair is heavily impacted by how we treat it even before we actually start styling. When straightening our hair, we may pay mind to the temperature of the styling tool or whether or not we used a heat protectant, and the techniques we are using to straighten our hair. But one very important, albeit overlooked aspect of styling our hair starts well before we even plug our heat styling tool into the outlet. When washing our hair with the intention to straighten it, we should be mindful of our shampoo and conditioner. In particular, we want to avoid products that contain sulfates as they dry out the hair.
Flat ironing wet hair
It can be tempting to take a heat ironing tool to wet hair, but it is imperative to ensure that our hair is properly dry before use. Wet hair is easily damaged, and when direct heat is applied, you run the risk of seriously damaging your hair. When you use a direct heat tool on the hair steam is created, this results in bubbles being formed from within the hair fibers themselves and can lead to cracks in the shaft of the hair. These cracks can lead to the cuticles and form split ends.
Straightening too often
It can be tempting to retouch your hair every day, but it’s simply not good for hair health. Our hair cannot heal or repair itself, so it is important to limit the amount of stress we put it through. Over straightening can lead to dry, brittle, damaged hair that will ultimately have to be trimmed least the damage worsens and beaks off at the root.
Straightening hair that is over-processed
Hair damage compounds. If your hair has been damaged because of chemicals or heat and then you apply more heat, the damage will worsen. In these cases, it’s best to give your hair a break. Consider reducing the heat of your styling tool, utilize leave-in conditioners, to help restore moisture and hydration, and trim any split ends.
Not using a heat protectant
Heat protectants are your friends, and they should be used anytime you want to take heat to your hair. Remember when using a heat protectant allow it time to settle into your hair before applying direct heat. Doing so will prevent the protectant from sizzling off the hair.
You risk damage anytime your hair is exposed to heat. However, you can significantly reduce the amount of damage by using a heat protectant and keeping these tips in mind.