1. Nourish Hair
To help repair damaged strands, start your hair care routine with a nourishing shampoo like the CHI Deep Brilliance Reflect. Enriched with silk proteins, this shampoo will help your strands slurp up some much needed moisture. Polish off your hair with a CHI Nourish Silk Masque for perfect for your hair type – coarse or fine.
Tress Tip: When applying conditioner in the shower, use a wide tooth or detangling comb to evenly distribute product and avoid breaking off damaged ends.
2. Repair, Restore, Revive
If it’s already a little too late and your tresses seem trashed, nurture your hair with reparative treatments like Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque to restore shine and elasticity. These treatments protect hair and prevent damage, helping return your locks to a shiny, healthy state.
West Coast stylist Julie Rosenberg, owner of Gamine Silver Lake in Hollywood, recommends hair rules Kinky Curling Cream once a week to all of her heat styling clients. You can also try one of our other moisturizing or leave-in treatments to lead your tresses on the path to shining glory.
Tress Tip: Try an overnight hair repair treatment. Apply the treatment before you sleep, making sure to cover your pillow with a towel and rest easy. By morning your strands will start to feel stronger.
3. Trim Ends
Trimming your ends regularly will help eliminate most parched pieces and make your hair look healthier overall. Your ends tend to take the most daily wear and tear from heat styling, so they have the potential to dry out faster.
Folica Fact: Hair that’s longer than six inches from the scalp doesn’t receive the benefit of natural oils from the roots.
4. Pick the Right Temp
Expert stylist Sally Knollenberg Noblett, Creative Director at the Joseph Michaels Salon in Chicago reminds us that hair type is huge factor in heat styling. Make sure tochoose the best temp for your hair type. Fine hair requires less heat on the hair shaft while thicker hair can handle higher heat settings.
Tress Tip: The “mane” thing to remember is to style hair in sections. Apply the heat protectant of your choice to each section and style quickly to avoid damaging hot spots.
Like we said before, heat protectants are not optional. So don’t make us say we told you so. Whether or not your hair’s prone to damage, make sure to pick up a protectant or two.
You can even purchase heat protectants that pair with specific styling tools like flat irons or hair dryers; we love the Mizani Thermastrength Heat Protecting Serum. Or, pick your protectant based on your hair needs. There are Sedu Heat Protecting Boosts that smooth, volumize, moisturize and even prolong hair color. Either way, heat protectants will help insure your precious locks and prevent more damage.
Tress Tip: Try enhancing your heat protectant by adding a touch of leave-in conditioner. Mix well; the combo will add even more nourishment to your styling routine. We suggest spraying on the mix right before you apply heat.