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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

3 Ways to Avoid Heat Damage To Your Hair

Three ways to avoid heat damage to your hair

Many women, including myself like to put heat in their hair.  Some women, however get a bit carried away and flat iron it way too much. Bumping one piece here or there turns into putting heat in the hair everyday!  This is where the heat damage comes in.  I always say that heat can be your friend.  It is excessive heat that is your enemy.

Only use heat once per week or less

Flat ironing or curling the hair should be done once per week or less only.  So basically you should only be adding heat when
you shampoo your hair, unless you shampoo multiple times per week. It that is the case, choose a no heat method if you have used heat for the week.  Either that, or do not put heat in your hair at all and instead opt for setting.  Setting the hair gives it a break from the heat while still allowing you to have a nice style.

Wrap your hair during the rest of the week
I am the prime example of someone who puts heat in the hair just about every time I shampoo it. Sometimes I will do a no-heat style when I want to give my hair a break. However, I am very careful to protect my hair and take care of it in between shampoos.  Here are three ways you can avoid heat damage to your hair.

  1. Only applying heat once per week or less: I know I have already said this many times but it is very important!  Too much heat is not good for your hair and will always cause breakage and excessive shedding. You may not notice it right away, but the damage is being done.
  2. Using the correct temperature:  This is another important factor in preventing heat damage.  Even is you only use heat once per week, if you use heat that is too high will still result in heat damage and could even lead to breakage.
  3. Only go through the hair with one pass with the flat iron. Your flat iron should be at a temperature where you can go through the hair with one pass effectively. Going over the same piece of hair multiple times is the just as bad as flat ironing the hair every day.
  4. (BONUS 1) Use heat protectant: Instead of an actual heat protectant, I use the Silk Hydration by L. Jones Leave-In conditioner for extra protection. 
  5. (BONUS 2) Wrap your hair nightly: If you wrap your hair every night you edges and roots will lay down flatter which will prevent you from having to add extra heat in your hair.
Wrap your hair nightly after applying heat.

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