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Thermal Styling
Solutions for heat damaged hair

Recognizing heat damage
• Hair texture fails to come back. This is most recognizable in individuals who do not have a bone straight relaxer or have no relaxer at all. Once you wash the hair, your hair should curl back up with either your original texture or some type of texture if you’re mildly relaxed. If you notice pieces of hair that are stick straight, chances are that these sections have been damaged by heat.
• Hair ends are fried and split. This is common with all types of damage.
• Very rough, dry and dull hair. This is due to the extreme heat zapping moisture from your hair.
While heat-based styling products such as a hair dryer, straightening iron, curling iron or hot rollers can make hair look good, their frequent use can cause damage over time. Signs that hair may be altered due to the heat include the presence of split ends, dryness or dull-appearing hair. The reason for this is that heat products can zap moisture from the hair, as exposure to heat products can cause the hair’s outer layer to expand and release trapped-in moisture, which leaves your hair feeling brittle or dry. While some damage, such as split ends, may be permanent, it is possible to reverse and improve some of the damage to the hair.

Use Safe Heated Hair Products
Throw away any heat styling products older than five years. As your heat styling appliances age, the temperature gauge becomes more likely to work incorrectly.

Additionally, you should use the safest forms of heated hair styling tools, which tend to be ceramic-plated. A ceramic-plated–preferable to ceramic-coated–straight iron or curling iron heats more evenly, preventing damage to small portions of the hair.

Use a Heat-Protecting Styler
Before using heat products, you should apply a heat-protecting conditioner, lotion or spray. These products strengthen the hair’s cuticle and penetrate the hair to prevent moisture from seeping out of the hair shaft.

You should also regularly use a conditioner, which will retain and restore moisture. Look for ingredients such as silicones, polyquaternium, amino acids, panthenol or mineral oil, which all have conditioning properties. Deep condition with a hair mask that contains products such as stearyl or cetyl alcohol, both fatty alcohol sources associated with repairing heat styling damage.

Follow Directions Carefully
Heat styling products do not always damage hair, but their misuse can result in problems and signs of heat damage. Make sure you read the directions of any heat styling product correctly and avoid a higher heat setting than is absolutely necessary. As a general rule, the thicker or more coarse your hair, the higher the setting. If your hair is very thin or fine, you should not have to apply a significant amount of heat.

Be sure to dry the hair to the point where it is between 80 and 90 percent dry and wait a few minutes before applying heat products. If the hair is still wet, it is more vulnerable to damage, yet blow drying it completely can often lead to excessive dryness.


Thermal Styling

While we opt to style our natural tress with flat irons, blow dryers, and curling irons, we take the risk of really damaging our hair. Thermal damage is real and it can happen over a period of time or it can happen after one too-hot iron session. Whether or not you’re transitioning, want a change from your usual natural or you wear straight hair 24/7, your hair can be irreparably damaged by heat.
Signs that your heat tool is too hot:
• Touching it to a white paper towel turns the towel brown
• Smoking and sizzling as you run it over your hair
• The smell of scorched hair permeates the room
The problem is that heat styling isn’t exactly safe, if done improperly it can cause some pretty serious damage. However, if you’re willing to read on you’ll find ways to protect your hair from heat styling. Now you can have the hair you want and you won’t have to pay for it in split ends!

Every time that you style your hair you damage it. Even brushing damages your hair. To protect your hair from styling damage you need to start by fortifying your hair with the right shampoo and conditioners. High quality salons offer a great line of shampoos and conditioners that you can use to improve the strength and condition of your hair. You can also take a multi-vitamin that is designed to provide your body with the nutrition that it needs to grow strong healthy hair.

Blow drying is bad

Blow drying causes a “flash drying” effect that not only removes the surface moisture but also removes water that is bound to the hair, which is called water of hydration. The effect of this flash drying is that the cuticles become dried, rigid and brittle. When the hair flexes, the pressure causes the cuticles to crack. One study (see Reference 1 below) showed cracks occurring not only on the surface layer of cuticles, but actually two and three cuticle layers deep. Combing hair with this degree of cuticle cracking causes significant breakage.

Your hair needs moisture

Pamper your hairs with moisturizer, just like you treat the rest of your body. to your surprise even oily hairs needs moisture but in a balanced way. Give your hairs a hot oil treatment at home once a week or at least once a month will keep your hair glossy and prevent dry, split ends, do not forget to use a good conditioner on regular basis according to your skin type and requirement.

Go to a professional. For an occasion as important as a destination wedding, honeymoon, or major vacation, make an appointment with a hair professional. If you regularly manage color and styling on your own, a professional can correct mistakes, bring you up to speed on a current, flattering style for your face, and suggest the right treatment products.

Water Runs Dry,Towel drying can tear your hair

Remember, it`s not just the shampooing itself that`s bad for you hair. It`s what you do after you get out of the shower. Towel drying roughs up the cuticle. Blot your hair dry instead of scrubbing it dry. Or use one of those special super-absorbent towels.

Avoiding heat and sun

Blow dryers and styling appliances can always damage your hairs so try and make it possible to use a natural way for hair drying. get your hair styling done in a professional manner to minimize the styling experiment you often do with your hairs. and don’t forget to keep your hairs covered whenever you are out in sun.

But for complete protection, investing in a heat protection product is necessary – particularly for chemically treated hair, which is already damaged and easily susceptible to further damage. In general, such products work by coating the strands of your hair with a protective film, so the heat of your blow dryer or other heating implements won’t burn or dry out the hair shaft.
Do your hair a big favor and steer clear of too-hot tools. Occasional use is fine and moderate heat is usually okay, but it’s important to use your common sense in order to preserve your precious tresses.


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