Blow drying. Curling. Straightening. Hair relaxing and smoothening. It’s no secret that hot tools have become an invaluable resource when it comes to taming unruly strands, but excessive heat styling can leave your hair dry, dull, broken and permanently damaged. Consider giving your hair a day or two off to save the integrity of your hair. But if you are a hot tool addict, you need to take precautionary measures to ensure your hair stays healthy.
It’s important to hydrate and protect strands before using heat tools to ensure that your hair stays strong and looks and feels soft and nourished. Moisture content is just as important to the health and beauty of your hair as it is to your skin. Over applying heat to your hair when it is already dry causes brittleness, breakage, dullness and dryness to the point where hair is stripped of its natural moisture. Consider heat protectant as the hair equivalent of sunscreen for the hair. It will boost your hair’s shine and control frizz. Heat-protectant primers and serums like Schwarzkopf’s Osis Undercoat and Tame Wild will provide a foundation that will balance out porosity leaving the hair with a flawless surface, long lasting smoothness, shine and softness to the touch.
If it burns your fingers, it’s also burning your hair. Hot tool heat settings range from 175 to 400+. So always try to go as low as you can in terms of temperature, taking into consideration the thickness of your hair before setting your flat iron temperature. For fine hair, lower temperature settings are best, but no hair thickness should use 400 degrees. The hot tool trick is not to leave it in one spot. Constantly keep it moving! A few of our recommendations are: Flatliner by Osis, this flattening iron serum provides a long lasting flat effect plus humidity protectant and Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protectant which creates a thermal protective shield allowing hair to withstand extreme heat. This vitamin-infused heat protectant also nourishes while preventing breakage and split ends. Both of these are great products which will provide the protection you need to keep you hair healthy!
The worst habits in hair styling are mainly about trying too hard to make the hair do things it doesn’t want to do. Unfortunately once damaged, it’s really not possible to fully fix without cutting. For those of you who find themselves in this situation we highly recommend Olaplex. Olaplex’s patented active ingredient works on a molecular level to seek out broken bonds in the hair that are caused by chemical, thermal and mechanical damage. Olaplex’s 3 Step system is designed to restore compromised hair, providing the ultimate breakage insurance.
At Sanctuary, top hair salon in Orlando, our team of professional hair stylists will be happy to discuss with you what products and hair relaxing treatments will work best for your hair and lifestyle! Put a visit to our luxurious hair salon on your ‘to do’ list today.