Heat tends to get a bad rap when it comes to our hair, but what if we told you it also has major benefits? When used in the right way, heat can actually benefit your strands instead of causing damage. Who would have thought?
Below, check out the four ways adding a little heat to your routine can give your precious locks the glow-up they’ve been craving.
1. Invest in a hair steamer.
Hair steaming, my friend, is an amazing thing to do, especially if you have textured hair. Utilizing the flat iron’s lesser known cousin can help you refresh an old style if you’re in a hurry. The moistened heat can also hydrate, reshape curls if you have them, detangle, deep condition and add volume. Basically, there’s nothing it can’t do. Snag a top-rated one from QRedew ($70) ASAP.
2. Use a heat cap.
You already know we dig a good heat cap, but we’ll hammer this one home in case you haven’t gotten the hint yet. Using a heat cap aids deep conditioning products in penetrating the hair shaft and can even help your mane grow faster. Direct heat from a blow dryer on your scalp can be a bit harsh (especially without a good heat protectant), but the addition of the cap actually helps lock the moisture in, increases blood flow to the scalp and creates healthier, more resilient strands.
3. Try a hot oil treatment.
We know hot oil treatments are nothing new, but they still make this list for a good reason. A hot oil treatment, when done right, protects and strengthens your strands tenfold. Plant-based oils like olive or coconut can work especially well, depending on your hair type. If your hair is dry, brittle and in need of extra care, then this is probably your best option. There’s plenty you can buy already made and options you can DIY, customized to your hair needs.
4. Utilize the steam from your shower.
If you’re not into buying a full-on hair steamer, did you know you can still prep your hair with shower steam? It helps open your hair follicles for better product absorption, a useful feat when curl styling. All you have to do is run your shower on high for a good 10-15 minutes and let the steam indirectly smooth your strands and ready them for action.