1. Care For Hair Health
Healthy hair is generally better protected against heat than hair that is already damaged. The cuticle on well cared for hair lies flat. This smooth surface causes less friction while blow drying and styling, making the process gentler. So in case of damage, care for hair health is your goal! Split ends for example can be healed with special repair products.
2. Gentle Cycle
Always choose the gentle cycle to wash your hair: lukewarm water depletes less moisture while washing. To close the hair cuticle that is swelled with wetness (and therefore more sensitive), rinse your mane with cold water as the final step. That smooths the hair fibres.
3. Pat Dry
Pat your hair dry with a towel. Rubbing is a no-go because it roughens the cuticle and can cause frizz. Extra tip: Cotton shirts are even gentler. Wrap your hair in one and allow it to dry partially. That conjures up the conditioner effect.
4. Styling Tools
Invest in good styling equipment – your hair will thank you:
- The latest generation of straightening irons, curling irons and other appliances features several heat levels so the temperature can be set and controlled precisely. This keeps the heat as low as possible and provides the right dosage for any hair type – from fine to thick.
- Special coatings (ceramic for instance) on new devices make sure the hair is heated evenly and gently. They are also highly resistant to impacts and scratching, so the tools glide more smoothly over the hair. By the way: Rather than firmly pressing and pulling the straightening iron, let it glide softly over the strands.
- Many of today’s styling helpers are equipped with modern ion technology and infrared heat for even glossier hair. Electrostatic charging is also reduced, making flyaway hair a thing of the past.
- Special sensors integrated into the curling iron and straightening iron are able to maintain a constant, optimum temperature. This evenly distributes the heat from the hairline to the ends.
- Adapt the straightening iron to the hair length? Yes, because the hot irons are available in various widths (3 to 4 cm on average) that are better suited for different lengths. A narrow version, 2.5 to 4 cm wide, is ideal for short and also for straight hair. Using stylers with plates that are 5 to 7.5 cm wide is better for straightening long manes.
5. Heat regulation
Adjust the heat level of the styling tool to your hair texture. Fine hair for example needs and stands up to less heat than very curly hair. A temperature of 150 degrees Celsius is sufficient for thin hair, while normal hair needs 150 to 190 degrees Celsius. A bit more heat may (and usually is) needed to tame thick and/or curly hair.
In case of doubt, always start with a lower temperature and increase the heat level if needed.
Your hair should definitely be dry for styling. That makes the process both faster and gentler. This is because hair swells up during washing, exposing a larger surface area to heat. So be sure to apply a heat protectant product before blow drying. It surrounds the hair and gets it ready for the styling application. Be sure to apply sprays and fluids generously and not only distribute them on the surface, so that every hair is well protected.
7. Extra protection
The latest shields not only make your hair heat-resistant, they can do even more. For example, products are available for various hair types (fine, coloured, curly) or desired results (straight, wavy and so on). Some heat protection products (sprays, foams) are truly multi-talented: They nourish your hair, provide extra hold, serve as UV filters and reduce frizz. Some even make the hair dry faster, which shortens the styling phase and therefore reduces the heat level and duration.
8. Proper blow drying
Use a hair dryer attachment for drying. This distributes the hot air better and increases the distance to the hair. If you only want to dry your hair, concentrate on the crown and leave out the ends. As the oldest part of your hair, they have already been exposed to lots of styling heat and must be treated with extra care. Apply beauty oil for additional protection. A nice side effect: The ends are pampered with care and gloss.
9. Cold air setting
Use the cold air switch on your blow dryer for a quick burst of air after styling. The cool air jet helps the hairdo last longer. A cool-down also soothes the scalp and can prevent the hair from getting greasy (the end of any volume).
To prevent excessive heat exposure, avoid applying the straightening iron or curling iron to one spot for too long. After straightening or making waves, allow the respective section to cool briefly. This also keeps the shape better.