For many people, using hair straighteners is a key part of feeling and looking good. In many cases, though, the repeated application of heat can lead to long-lasting damage. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s possible to have impeccably straight and stylish hair while minimising harm. It’s just a matter of choosing the best hair straighteners, using the right treatments and taking the correct steps – before, during and after styling. Read on for some tips that will help you to enjoy beautifully styled hair.
Choose your hair straighteners wisely
Some hair straighteners are designed to become extremely hot extremely quickly. This might seem attractive at first, because of the convenience offered. However, the problem is, that if a straightener reaches too high a temperature, it’s far more likely to damage your hair. You only need it to be warm enough to do its job. Slow-heating hair straighteners are far less risky.
With this in mind, ceramic hair straighteners are often the best option. They are deliberately coated to provide protection. Some of them come with temperature controls, which is really helpful, as it means you can adjust the heat according to your specific set of needs. Curly or frizzy hair is much more difficult to straighten than fine hair, for example. They’re also available to suit a range of budgets, from the more expensive professional-level instruments, to the cheaper ones, appropriate to home use.
It can be tempting to style your hair at every possible occasion – while leaving for work in the morning, before going out at night, after hitting the beach and so on. However, if you’re really concerned about avoiding damage, then it’s a good idea to use hair straighteners as infrequently as possible. Try making a commitment to yourself to only straighten your hair after washing, or on particular days of the week. If that’s too difficult, then try having at least one day a week off. Giving your hair a rest helps to reduce stress.
Before and during styling
One excellent way to help your hair is by applying a protective product before styling. There’s an array of them on the market, from budget sprays to professional hair care products. Whichever you choose, make sure that it’s one suited to your hair type (be it dry, normal, oily or coloured), and take the time to cover every section of hair that’s going to be exposed to heat. It might be tempting to hurry (especially if you’re in the middle of a busy day), but it’s definitely worth slowing down for the sake of healthy hair.
During the styling process, avoid keeping the straightener on your hair for any longer than is absolutely necessary. Also, consider working on just the roots, rather than heating up all your locks. You’ll be surprised at the difference it can make.
After and in-between styling
If you want to keep your hair at optimum health, then choose the best hair care products to nourish it in-between styling sessions. Find shampoos and conditioners that work against heat damage. Moreover, a rich treatment, applied on a weekly basis, can definitely help to rejuvenate and strengthen, by feeding your hair with essential fatty acids and vitamins.
Katherine West is a health freak and freelance writer who in 2003 studied for a Diploma of Nutrition. She is also into fashion, yoga and pilates.
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