Repairing Heat Styling Damage
I overdid it and have heat styling damage!
If you're as hair obsessed as we are, then you know we can't live without our blow dryers, curling irons and flat irons. We can't overstate how important it is to use professional styling tools and heat protectants to protect your precious locks. But sometimes our styling sessions get the best of us and the strands start to look a little stressed.
Here are a few helpful hints for repairing your hair and ending damaging hair care habits:
1. Nourish Hair
To help repair damaged strands, start your hair care routine with a nourishing shampoo like the CHI Nourish Intense Hair Bath. Enriched with silk proteins, this shampoo will help your strands slurp up some much needed moisture. Polish off your hair with a CHI Nourish Intense Silk Masque 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 Hamadi Shea Repair Mask 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 Davines NOUNOU Nourishing Repair Mask 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.
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 Alterna Hemp Sheer Pomade. 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. For more info on how to create the perfect styling cocktail, read our article about layering products.