How To Protect Your Hair from Heat Damage

You’ve probably seen the girl who burned her hair off with a curling wand, if you haven’t watch below then read how you can avoid it.I guess it’s not all bad for her, the video did get over 12 million views in just 5 days and she got to go on Ellen. Too bad no one will take her hair advice seriously anymore;)

We’re going to be completely honest here and say; we didn’t really see a big red flag as to what she did wrong. 20 seconds does seem a bit long to hold a heating tool in one place but we didn’t think it would warrant those results. We had to ask some local experts about what we could do to prevent this from happening in any form, to anyone. Hope this helps save some strands!

1) How Should You Prep the Hair?

The team at Ponytails + Horseshoes offered up this great advice and product suggestions:

We recommend using heat protection in any circumstance where heat may be applied to the hair, including blow drying.

Kevin Murphy Young.Again – A weightless, nutrient rich serum designed to moisturize dry and damaged hair, offers 450 degrees of heat protection. Use two to three pumps on freshly washed, damp hair before any other styling products are used. Work the Young.Again throughout your hair, starting at the mid shafts and pulling it throughout your hair towards the ends. This Immortelle infused wonder fluid can also be used after styling to smooth and remove any fly-aways. (Check out our review on Young.Again)

Kevin Murphy Damage.Manager – This instant heat shielding spray works in conjunction with Kevin Murphy styling products and provides 428 degrees of weightless heat protection. Damage.Manager should be sprayed on dry hair right before using any sort of hot styling tools. Use four to six sprays throughout your hair before styling.

As with all other Kevin Murphy products, Damage.Manager and Young.Again are paraben, sulphate and cruelty free. You can pick these products up at Ponytails + Horseshoes

2) What Heat Setting is Best to Use?

Ponytails + Horseshoes also shed some light on this topic for us:

Be sure to adjust the tool to the proper temperature setting for your hair. It’s much easier on the hair to use a lower temperature setting and apply the heat for a longer time than to crank your tool to 450 degrees and shock it. Most tools with adjustable temperature come with a guide so you know what temperature to set your tool at for your specific hair. Coarse hair is going to require higher temperature than fine hair. Also, don’t be afraid to ask your stylist questions! Any good stylist will be more than happy to educate you on how to use your tools properly and minimize damage.

3) How Should We Take Care of our Heat Tools?

Epic Beauty Boutique helped us out with this one and suggested their favorite styling product to prevent damage:

The severe breakage could have been from a combination of really high heat and a lot if product build up on the barrel! You should always start out with a clean iron rid before you start. You literally just use water and a microfiber cloth. It’s best to clean it after every use to avoid too much build up and then having a harder time at it.

Oribe actually has a product called Soft Lacquer Heat Styling Spray. This high gloss spray delivers a patent sheen with the softest touch. Style with hot tools for sealed-in shine or let air dry for a lacquer finish. You can pick up your Oribe products at Epic Beauty Boutique (check out our reviews on Oribe’s Texturizing Spray and Moisture Masque)

4) How Should We Care for our Hair Between Styling?

The knowledgeable staff at Kinetic Salon gave us some advice on what to look for in a deep conditioner and their suggestion:

For deep conditioning treatments, with all the stress we put on our hair these days, you need to go another level into the conditioners. What that means is, you want to look for a product line that has restorative properties, cutting edge ingredients such as amino acid based complexes (Vibrant color complex, Damage cure complex in the Eufora BE line), 18-MEA (to restore natural lipids and moisture) and uses the newest technology in hair care.

To repair and prevent future damage, we would recommend using Eufora’s Beautifying Elixirs line (check out our review on it). This product line uses the most advanced technology available to restore the inner structure of the hair, using the Damage Cure Complex and Vibrant Color Complex. The BE line has a range of shampoo, conditioners and styling products that all include this technology. You can pick up the entire Eufora line at Kinetic Salon

5) What else can we do to prevent breakage?

Trenna from The One Salon gave us these additional tips to take extra special care of your hair:

  • When your hair is wet, it is at its most fragile state. Brushing wet hair causes your hair to stretch and eventually snap, using a pick or wide toothed comb is best to prevent breakage and stretching on wet hair.
  • No heat is always best, but if you do blow dry, make sure your hair is about 90% dry before you should start using any brush to style, this is also to prevent stretching while the hair is wet.
  • Use a soft bristle brush gently on your dry hair, starting at the ends of your hair working your way towards the scalp.
  • If your hair is full of product like hairspray, it is best to just wash your hair without brushing to prevent breakage, use a wide toothed comb and comb in the shower while your conditioner is in.
  • For those who tend to wear your hair up often, stay away from elastics with metal on them and make sure you aren’t putting your ponytail in the same spot every time you put it up.
  • It is very important to moisturize your hair to prevent breakage, visit your salon for a trim at least every two to three months and treat your hair to a conditioning treatment while your there, your hair will thank you!

A huge thank you to the teams at Ponytails + Horseshoes, Epic Beauty Boutique, Kinetic , The One Salon and Trenna for taking the time to answer our questions. We’re sure there’s a lot of hair out there that thanks you for your advice;)

If you have anything you’d like to add about protecting hair from breakage, please let a comment below. If you have a question about your hair, please contact us so we can put you in touch with the right people.

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