We all love styling our hair with straighteners and curlers. One day we’re in the mood for a sleek look and the other day we go for beachy waves. But what we tend to overlook is the amount of havoc they cause. Straightening definitely gives us flowing hair we can’t stop feeling, however, it’s of no good to us. No amounts of heat protectant serums and sprays can reverse the heat damage already done. Frequent heat styling can make your hair dry, dull and frizzy. It can disturb the pH level of your scalp and lead to hair fall and dandruff problems. Salon spa treatments can give you the desired results of once but are not effective in the long run.
When we step out, we never forget to use a sunscreen to protect our skin from the UV rays. But do we think that way about our hair?
Here we have for you a list of things you can do to prevent, repair and restore heat damaged hair at home.
Let’s have a look!
1. Never use heat tools on wet hair
Our hair shaft is more fragile and vulnerable to damage when it’s wet, and is even more prone to hair fall. Blow-drying wet hair is equivalent to frying the hair. Styling it while it’s still wet can make your hair look like a frizz ball. Alternatively, let your hair dry out naturally. Do not use blow dryers on your hair as it’s just using heat on hair unnecessarily. Use a cotton t-shirt to take off all the excess water from your hair and let it dry out naturally. Avoid using an elastic band to tie your wet hair as it can lead to breakage. Use a wide-toothed comb to detangle it once it’s damp.
And of course, use a heat protectant first and then style your hair.
2. Adjust the settings
Even though high temperatures settings usually give us the best results when it comes to styling, they actually result in serious damage to the cuticle layer, frayed strands, split ends and brittle hair.
Try to skip heat styling as much as possible. But if you need to do it once a while, you should prefer investing in heat styling tools which have temperature adjustment options. This way you can control the amount of heat that gets in your hair. Make sure you maintain low-level heat if your hair thin hair.
You can try out the Philips KeraShine Straightner with temperature control.
3. Regular oiling
Hairstyling definitely does give us captivating locks but not everything looks great once you shampoo. All the dryness and frizziness that comes with all the heat only makes it more difficult to manage. Regular hair oiling can not only protect your tresses from damage but also reverse the damage by moisturizing your hair thoroughly. Coconut oil is great to make your hair stronger and for the overall health of your hair restoring it’s natural balance. Argan oil has great hair-smoothing properties and makes your locks shine. You can try out the Wow skin science’s Morrocan Argan Oil treatment.
4. Deep Conditioning
Conditioning is important to conscientiously moisturize your hair to repair all the heat damage. It seals the hair cuticles and allows them to maintain moisture balance on your scalp. Use a good deep conditioning hair masque every time you shampoo your hair and massage it thoroughly from roots to tips. I recommend you go for the St. Botanica’s Morrocan Argan Oil hair mask which smells amazing and can also soothe broken bonds in the hair follicles.
Pro tip- Always wash your hair with cold water. This helps to lock in the moisture giving you beautiful locks.
5. Use a chemical-free shampoo
It’s important to shampoo wisely and well. After the heat damage, the only worse thing you can add to it is using a chemical loaded shampoo. Use products which are free from unnecessary chemicals such as SLS and parabens.
You can try out Freewill personalized haircare range which curates shampoos according to your hair needs. After you fill the survey on their website, they get an overall understanding of your hair such as your hairstyling habits, overall hair health, lifestyle etc. The shampoo is rich in moisturizing ingredients, that can help bring your hair back to its bouncy best.
6. Try alternatives
Instead of heat styling, go for alternatives that can help you straighten your hair without any styling tools. Roller wraps are easily available in the market and online. This is a great choice for when you have more time in hand. For curls, tie your hair in two loose braids before going to bed and the next morning you can have natural looking wavy hair. Loose plaits, a half-up ponytail, or even a messy bun is a great way to style your hair when it’s behaving unruly.
7. Get regular trims
Most professionals recommend to get rid of the dry and dead ends of your hair. It’s a rule of thumb to get them trimmed in every 2 months. A couple of inches is probably the best way to diminish the appearance of heat damage.
This also ensures regular and healthy growth of your hair. If you don’t want to trim off too much length, you can ask your stylist to ‘dust’ the ends to just get rid of all the split ends.
8. Try a DIY hair mask
Nothing does magic like natural ingredients. Intense nourishment is all that your heat damaged hair needs. You can prepare a homemade mask with all-natural ingredients that will nutrify your hair leaving it soft and smooth.
Mix half a banana, honey and yoghurt in a mixing bowl. Make sure that the consistency is like a thick paste. Apply it all over your scalp and hair. Rinse it off with shampoo after 30-40mins.