Are you best buddies with your blow dryer? Does the thought of leaving home without passing a straightener through your strands strike fear in your heart? You are not alone!
Heated hair tools are a daily essential for many. If you’re not prepping properly and using your tools correctly though, you could be headed for a hair-tastrophe! Read on for a few tips to heat up in a healthier way.
Get The Good Stuff!
There are a lot of tool options out there and quality varies greatly. Investing in well-made tools, utilizing the best technologies, pays off when it comes to hair health.
Healthier hair technologies and upgrades to look for:
- Power Settings: Professional quality blow dryers will offer a stronger air flow that reduces drying time. Less drying time, equals less damage. The higher the wattage, the stronger the air flow. Look for dryers that are 1500 watts and higher for best results. Variable speed settings are ideal to allow you to adjust the heat down to a less-damaging level for finishing touches.
- Heat Settings: Professional quality irons often have adjustable heat settings, allowing you to choose the lowest heat necessary for styling your hair.
- Ceramic: Ceramic irons and dryers distribute consistent, even heat that helps set styles faster. They also lock in more of the hair’s moisture to prevent strands from drying out.
- Ionic Technology: Ionic dryers help break apart the water molecules in wet or damp hair, resulting in a quicker drying time. Ions also help hair to retain more moisture, softness and shine.
Style for Your Hair Type!
As mentioned above, many higher quality irons have temperature control settings for styling. To protect your hair and prevent damage, use a tool that offers the recommended heat for your individual hair type. The finer the hair, the lower the temperature should be. Recommended temps for flat irons and curling irons:
- Thin/Fragile Hair: around 200-250F
- Fine Hair: around 225-300F
- Normal Hair: around 300-400F
- Wavy Hair: around 350-400F
- Coarse/Thick Hair: around 400F
Practice Protection and Prevention!
Thermal protection products act as barrier against heat damage to your hair. Always prepare your hair properly before blow drying or ironing with the right product for the job. Some of the heat protection options available from Farouk Systems:
- CHI 44 Iron Guard is a weightless, ceramic-infused spray for wet or dry hair. It offers superior thermal protection from the inside out, and is ideal for use with all CHI irons and dryers.
- CHI Total Protect is a lightweight lotion, designed to be applied to wet hair prior to blow drying. Total Protect locks in moisture and shields hair from daily thermal and sun damage.
- BioSilk Silk Therapy 17 is a weightless leave-in conditioning spray for wet hair that seals strands, strengthens hair, and protects against heat and environmental damage.
- CHI Silk Infusion and BioSilk Silk Therapy offer weightless styling protection with maximum moisture binding properties. Silk Infusion is ideal for normal to thick/coarse hair and Silk Therapy is best suited for fine to normal hair. Both can be applied to wet or dry hair.
Educate yourself on the right way to use your tools! Read the manuals, consult with your stylist and always practice good tool techniques. A few key points:
- Hold hair dryers at least 6-8 inches from hair to reduce the possibility of heat damage.
- Blow dry until 90% dry and let the remainder finish drying naturally.
- Never flat iron wet hair. Blow dry first, then iron to finish.
How to Repair Hair Damage
Already suffering from hair damage? Here are a few recommendations to nourish stressed strands and prevent damage from spreading:
Get regular trims! Split ends usually occur when recommended trims aren’t kept up, so make a point to see your stylist on a regular basis for preventative care. How often should you go? Every 4-6 weeks is an average recommendation for trim visits, but this can vary based on your individual hairstyle and hair type. Talk to your stylist to find the best time frame for you. Once you have split ends, the only true cure is to cut them off above the split!
Replenish At Home! If your hair is damaged, you need hair care products that will provide extra nourishment to prevent damage from spreading.
Products to try:
- The CHI Keratin line replenishes hair’s natural protein to protect and rebuild strength.
- CHI Nourish Intense products infuse hair with intensive doses of moisturizing nutrients to relieve dryness and recharge dull strands.
- BioSilk Fruit Cocktail is a reconstructing treatment, formulated with natural fruit acids that restore moisture and softness, while improving hair’s elasticity and strength.
Deep Treatment Additions:
- Mist the CHI Keratin Mist on damp hair (after conditioning) and blow dry in once a week for added strength and pH balancing.
- Porous hair treatment (can be done once a month or so). This treatment should be done when you have nowhere to go, like late at night: Shampoo hair with favorite shampoo, apply a generous amount of CHI Silk Infusion (almost to the point where the hair looks greasy), and blow dry it in. The following day shampoo and condition as normal.
Seek Professional Help! If your hair is excessively damaged, at-home care may not be enough. Consult with your stylist about options for more intense restorative and strengthening treatments.
Have questions, need advice or want more tips for maintaining healthy hair? Leave a comment and we’ll be happy to help!