Heat damaged hair – the tips and clues vital for your health
Curly hair is beautiful, but sometimes owners of such hair need them straightened. It’s either a matter of necessary change, alteration of style, or simple preference. This is the case for millions of people around the world, and not just the ones with curly hair – we all rely on heat-treatments to a smaller or larger extent. The straightening process typically involves heat straighteners or other heat styling tools. However, it’s pretty widely known that heat can damage our hair, quickly, visibly and significantly. Therefore, if heat styling is necessary for you and can’t be avoided, it’ll be best to follow a few good practices which will prevent your hair from serious heat damage.
It can be very surprising that heat damaged hair occurs so commonly. People simply don’t realise what excessive exposure to heat can do to their hair. Luckily, there are ways to protect your hair, even when our hair undergoes a lot of negative exposure. First of all, before you even begin to use a hair dryer or a heat-styling tool, make sure to cleanse your hair properly. Cleaning your hair is extremely important for the straightening or drying process. So every time you shower and was your hair, try to moisturise your hair with a special shampoo that will soften and nourish them, making them more durable when exposed to high temperatures.
So now your hair can be ready for further steps. But what comes next?
During the actual straightening or drying process, remember to lower the temperature as much as possible. This way it’ll be less likely for your hair to experience any serious damage. Indeed, it may take longer for the process to finish, but it’ll be worth it in the long term. A lot of intense heat at once is always bad for you. You should also remember to use an appropriate heat protectant. Heat protectants usually contain silicone particles which build up protective layers around your hair shafts, making them less prone to heat. They usually come in the form of sprays, creams or conditioners. You should always apply them when your hair is still dry, and give it time to absorb into your hair. This way we’ll know for certain that the protectant has sealed and its safe to use any heat-based tools.
Heat damaged hair – relevant hair treatment
If you really want to avoid heat damaged hair, try to always follow the above-mentioned tips. If you do so it’s guaranteed that your hair will thrive in better conditions. In a very short time you should be able to notice a huge difference, and enjoy healthy hair once more. Unfortunately, in more severe cases of heat damaged hair, it’s simply impossible to bring back your old hair with quick recovery. Hair that’s been subjected to extreme amounts of heat exposure (and generally very high temperatures), can suffer serious damage which can’t be easily and quickly treated. In such cases you will need time, and apply careful, regular hair treatments to observe any significant changes. Moreover, in such circumstances it’s best to go for the ‘all-natural’ technique, whereby you leave your hair alone for a couple of months, avoiding all tools, procedures or potentially damaging products. And although, at first you may not actually see the changes occurring, in time your hair will regain its normal structure and get back to it’s original condition.