Blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons… Oh My!
by Jenna Pace
Heat Protection and its Importance:
Blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons… Oh My! While these are great tools for styling your locks, they can also cause a lot of damage if not used properly. Did you know that most of these tools can heat up to 400º? You can cook a steak at 400º! Why would anyone put that high of a temperature on their beautiful hair without protecting it first? That is something to think about!
Heat damage is one of the main causes of dry, damaged and distressed hair. Your hair is something you wear every day. It deserves to always look the best that it can. Heat actually creates holes in your hair. Yes, holes! They may not be visible to the human eye, but they are there and they are causing frizz and split ends. That my friends, you can see!
The Top Tools:
Along with most things in life, the more expensive, the better. This also goes for hair tools. If it is not in your budget to splurge for the pricier option, be sure to grab tools that have heat settings. Usually the cheaper irons just have an on/off switch. This prevents you from knowing what temperature you are using on your strands. Yikes! Everyone has different hair, which requires different needs. For example, thicker hair can usually stand a slightly higher temperature than thin and brittle hair. Also, is your hair chemically treated? Color, highlights or any type of keratin treatments can make your hair very sensitive, even if you have coarse hair. This is why setting controls are so important to have. When blow drying, it’s best to use a concentrator (attachment for blow dryer). This will help direct the heat to where you want it and give you more control while styling.
When working with any tools you want to work quickly. Irons should not be left on your hair for more than 3-4 seconds per section. You can cause significant damage if left on longer. At the end of the day, know your hair! Know what it can stand. Don’t ever hesitate to ask your stylist for advice on how to use the tools you have purchased. We are happy to help!
The Perfect Products:
Most products that are heat protectant have silicone in them, which works as a protective coating for your hair. These products come in all types to fit your personal needs, such as sprays, serums and creams. (Check out Hot Flex from the KMS Free Shape line). When using your product, be sure to evenly distribute it throughout your damp hair. Sprays should be held back about a foot from your head. A little goes a long way with most products, so use it sparingly to avoid any product build up. Any products that have oils and moisturizers are designed to repair heat damaged hair and will help protect from future damages as well. Be sure to protect your hair before every hot tool styling! As always, products sold by professionals are always your best choice.
Read This Too Late?:
Already have heat damaged hair? Don’t stress! See your stylist for some options. He or she might suggest a good hair cut or a revitalizing conditioning treatment. If you have extreme damage these options may not help immediately, however they will protect you from here on out! Be patient and take all the advice your stylist gives you. With the correct tools, products and knowledge you will have sleek and shiny hair in no time!