Your locks are one of your greatest beauty assets, so you should be doing everything you can to protect them so they stay shining bright like a diamond. But we know the struggle to maintain healthy hair while keeping up with color and style trends is real. If you’re using heat on your hair daily, though, you should def consider protective measures to prevent damage, split ends and broken strands. Below, four easy ways to heat-proof your hair without having to compromise style.
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1. USE A HEAT PROTECTOR OR DAMAGE REPAIR
Protect without putting in work with a heat protector. These add a protective coat to our hair follicles, ensuring that the heat from our hair tools doesn’t break down our sensitive locks. Many of them can be applied when your hair is either wet or dry, and come in different spray, serum or gel forms. We prefer AVEDA Damage Remedy, because it repairs prior heat damage while preventing further hot-tool breakage.
2. USE AN IONIC HAIR DRYER
The most common way to prevent heat damage is to use a regular hair dryer (without the protective extension) on the highest heat setting. Your mane gets double the protection when you use an ionic hair dryer, like the Bio Ionic 10X Ultralight Speed Dryer—it generates particles to trap in moisture and dissolve the water in your hair. If you’re using a regular hair dryer, be sure to use it on a medium to low heat setting and always use the extension.
3. ADD A DRY SHAMPOO TO YOUR REGIMEN
Less washing is ideal because it means less drying, and therefore, less opportunity for serious heat damage to your locks. Washing and drying your hair daily is not only time consuming, it’s also extremely risky for your strands. Try to wash and dry your hair two to three times per week at the most, and use a good dry shampoo, like Batiste, on off-days.
4. WEAR NEXT-DAY CURLS
Just as easing up on the hair dryer can significantly improve the texture and moisture of your hair, so can reducing how often you use your hot tools. Since the natural mermaid look is totally in, go for next-day curls as often as possible by reducing your hot tool use to three times per week. Ditch the tools and tie your hair up in a loose, high bun when you go to bed or put your hair in braids to get the kinked beach look. Add a touch of texturizing spray using Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Wild Ginger Sea Spray the next day and you’re set.
Heat protection is the kind of love your locks will thank you for, and you’ll feel it in the way your strands continue to shine. Take the time to find and invest in the proper products and hair tools—you won’t regret it.
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