How To Repair Heat Styling Damage

1. Nourish Hair

To help repair damaged strands, start your hair care routine with a nourishing shampoo like the Theorie Helichrysum Nourishing Shampoo. Enriched with silk proteins, this shampoo will help your strands slurp up some much needed moisture. Polish off your hair with the Theorie Argan Oil Ultimate Reform Mask  to restore smoothness and shine.

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 dpHUE Renew Hair Masque Therapy 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 to choose 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.

5. Prevent!

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 Theorie Heat Shield Thermal Spray. 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.

1 Comment

  1. Jessica says

    I recently grew out four years of beautiful very fine virgin hair. I had it curled at a salon in Mill Valley, CA, “Milvali Salon”. I told the stylist my hair was very sensitive to heat, that she’d be surprised. I asked her if a flat iron would be less damaging. She exclaimed, “You cannot damage your hair from curling it once.” And “Flat irons and curling irons are the same.” So that night and for the next week hair came out in the shower, in my wide toothed comb… I had serious tangles near the nape of my neck for the first time, my ends were split everywhere, my hair was dry, the ends curled slightly and often had a little hard knot near the tip, and I had frizz for the first time. Then to add insult to injury my hair started to get lighter and a lot redder for the first time in the years since I had been growing it out. I struggled to get moisture back into my hair while placing calls to the salon that went unanswered. A few weeks later, after the winter holiday, I finally came in to the salon the stylist said she probably had used 400 degree F heat with heat protectant, that she always uses 400… I had little faith in her at that moment because she did not realize at first that the iron had a heat dial. When I went home to research 400 degree heat and fine hair I became upset, realizing that was likely way too hot for my hair type. I made an appointment to speak with her again. This time I got emotional and cried, stating that the ideal comdition of my hair had meant a lot to me, and asking why she used such high heat. She asked me if there might be something wrong with my hair that it could be so fragile. I got a conditioning treatment which the stylist then insisted I pay for though it seemed fair I should not…. When I asked to speak to the owner believe it or not the owner came over, refused to listen to anything I had to say, asked me to leave the salon and never return, accused me of harassing her employee, of demanding free services… and gave me $100 cash for comditioning at another salon. I was totally insulted and shocked. I had been so polite to the stylist. I use the past tense here, but my hair was curled this last Dec. 19th 2015. Can you explain why my hair is shifting color and when it will stop? Can you give an example of what would be a safe temperature for very fine hair? Thank you.

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