The Best Heat Protectant Strategies
Your best heat protectant starts at home
No one, not even celebrities and top supermodels, wake up with beautiful, perfect hair. Even the perfect looking hair you see on famous celebrities on TV or on print isn’t something they’re born with (although most of us are made to believe that way). But you can heave a sigh of relief now – life isn’t that unfair! If you want to achieve beautiful, full volume hair, it will entail a lot of blow drying, brushing, hair spraying, fixing, and more blow drying . . . you get the idea.
Imagine the torture your hair is going through on a daily basis (if you’re that reliant on heat styling!) and the level of wear and tear it is subjected to. The least you can do is to follow the golden rules of the best heat protectant strategies so you can at least minimize damage. If you’re not versed on these rules yet or if you need a reminder, here are the rules:
Skip Daily Heat Styling
It is important to start with the most essential hair care tip for heat styling – do not use heat styling tools on a daily basis. Hairstyling experts suggest using heat only when necessary. The heat coming from the styling tool causes hair to dry out faster. If your hair is naturally dry or is colored, then you have to double your effort to ensure that you can seal in moisture into your hair.
The ideal frequency of using hot tools (for normal hair texture) is about 3 to 5 times a week. Meanwhile, tools such as curling or flat iron must be used twice a week at the maximum.
This particular rule for heat styling applies more to the styling benefits rather than maintaining healthy hair. However, you can still enjoy major benefits because, after all, that is what the use of heat tools is for.
Invest more time in looking for the right size of curling or hot iron when buying to achieve the right style. You will also take the hair’s thickness into consideration in choosing the right size of hot tool. The general rule is that the size of the tool is proportional to the size or thickness of the hair. Fine hair should use smaller sized heat styling tools, while thicker hair can benefit from larger ones.
A 1-inch flat iron should work great for fine hair while thicker hair can opt for the 1 ½ inch flat iron. When it comes to curling iron, the standard 1 ¼ inch size should work well with most hair types.
Invest in Professional Grade Heat Styling Tools
Professional grade styling tools are more expensive than the drugstore brands for a reason – they not only style your hair better but also protect it in the process. If you are going to make an investment on heat styling tools, it is better to opt for the high quality ones.
The best options in the market are the ones made with tourmaline or ceramic plates. They are safe for your hair and heats up faster for a more efficient styling. Another benefit to professional grade heat styling tools is that they remain hot for a long time. Hence, there is no need to hold your hair longer in the barrel or repeat the curling process because you are likely to achieve your style in one go.
Always Use Protection
In addition to skipping daily use of heat styling tools, one of the most important rules to remember is to protect your hair with the best heat protectant products. In fact, styling your hair with hot tools minus heat protection is a no-no. If you do, you are adding damage to hair.
A thermal protecting spray, for instance, is great for when you are using the curling or flat iron. This product will help create a barrier in between your hair and the heat so that the cuticles will not be damaged by the high level of temperature. If you don’t, then it is comparable to frying your hair under the heat of the sun although the effects are more detrimental because of the proximity of the heat. If you are not sure what heat protection product to use, consult your hairstylist for a recommendation on the best heat protectant that would best suit your hair type. Also, be open about your heat styling routine so they can determine what level of protection is needed by your hair.
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Tags: Best heat protectantJanuary 20, 2014 By: Abby Pringles Leave your comments (1), Your input matters.
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