Hair straightening – practical tips

Hair straightening

Hair care and procedures involved

Hair, or perhaps more specifically hairstyle is what provides you style and overall satisfaction. Therefore, it’s important to treat your hair well and take care of them as much as possible, preferably on a daily basis. After all, hair and hair cells are very sensitive and can be easily damaged. The main issue with hair is that they may take a long time to repair, so if we damage them once we might regret that for good.

Apart from physical diseases causing hair thinning or hair loss (like alopecia areata or thyroid disease) there are also hair problems related directly to stress. But above all, some of the most common hair-related issues are caused simply by our carelessness and improper hair care i.e. use of improper/excessive products and hair procedures. But some people tend to diminish the significance of these factors, and the condition of their hair brings them little concern. This is especially the case with young adults and teenagers who tend to regret their decisions later on in life. It’s a common mistake which unfortunately results in damaged hair and even possibly permanent change of its structure and condition. Sometimes even if we aren’t using wrong products or procedures, our hair may nonetheless be damaged by external forces like extreme changes in temperature or our malnourishment. So, it’s in fact crucial to highlight how vital appropriate hair care is, even if we may think that we are doing nothing wrong.

Let’s discuss procedures like dyeing, perming or hair straightening more deeply. They all aim to make your hair look more stunning, drawing people’s attention to them. However, if they are applied improperly or too frequently by yourself or an inexperienced stylist, they’ll be creating more long-term damage than short-term good. This is especially the case for fine hair, that by nature is delicate and prone to easy damage. Of course, we’re not trying to say that these hair procedures should be banned or avoided, but before you use them you should bear in mind a few basic rules. If you want to dye, perm or straighten your hair or use any other potentially invasive procedure, then make sure that your hair is in good shape. In practice this means that you should let your hair recover from any previous treatments. Give them time to breathe and don’t molest them with daily damage. Also remember that some treatments shouldn’t be applied to specific hair types at all, i.e. if your hair is already weak by nature, try and avoid the invasive methods as much as possible. Finally, always remember to consult a specialist if you’re performing a specific treatment yourself. Ask them straight whether hair straightening is good, and whether dying can be repeated every other week – they’ll be honest and straightforward, and will be able to recommend the best solutions and alternatives. Visiting a professional in a hair salon or a dermatologist is always a safe and recommended option.

Hair straightening – all the basics

If you are all set on hair straightening, or curling, then be sure to know what you’re doing beforehand. First of all, before you approach the procedure, you should always apply a heat protectant spray or cream on your untangled hair. This way you’ll make sure that heat won’t damage your hair strands as much, and the side effects of straightening will be limited. Keep in mind that most protectants need a while to absorb and dry up, so read their label thoroughly and make sure you meet all the guidelines. A safe option is always to wait a couple of minutes and only then begin to use the straighteners. Remember to run a heat straightener from root to end and repeat the process until you are satisfied, although try and limit the amount of exposure. If executed properly, you’ll be able to feel beautiful again, without your conscience telling you that you’ve damaged your hair for nothing.

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