We do pay a price for our styling. Hair really takes a thrashing from the beautification processes we use like blow drying, straightening, curling, or crimping. And, if we do this almost daily, it will leave tresses seriously damaged. The constant heat exposure will cause the Keratin proteins, which give hair its strength and elasticity, to break down. This results in evaporation of vital moisture from the inside of the hair. The outer surface (cuticle) of the hair cracks, frays, and frizzes. Pigments, which give hair color, can also change as a result. Not to mention if you happen to heat style on wet hair, the steam will blast through your hair's structure, destroying it.
So let's counter the damage with education: Why use Thermal Protection?
Thermal protection can make a dramatic difference in minimizing heat damage. It contains helping ingredients such as natural oils that have low thermal conductivity, meaning they coat hair fibers, allowing heat to transfer slowly. A good thermal protectant will:
- Allow for hair to be more manageable and touchable.
- Add moisture to your hair, preventing the loss of natural moisture.
- Form a barrier over the cuticle on the hair strand, minimizing heat damage.
- Smooth the cuticle on the hair shaft; making hair less porous and, therefore, less likely to frizz in humidity.
Look for products that contain Argan oil, Coconut oil, or Olive oil, as these oils have nourishing properties that protect hair and condition. Once you have the right product for your hair, always read the directions. The most common directions will recommend that you spritz or use a dollop of thermal protectant on damp hair before blow drying and using heat tool styling.
Tested and True Tips:
- Allow some air dry time if possible.
- Switch it up and blow dry with cooler air, it may take longer but it closes the cuticle and leaves hair shiny.
- Give hair breaks from heat tool styling.
- Separate hair into smaller sections when using heat tool styling, to minimize the number of passes through the hair.
- Set heat tools to the lowest setting to avoid maximum damage.
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