As long as there have been heat tools, there has been heat damage – and concepts on how to deal with it.
A Bit of History
Yusel Sahin, owner of the Sanat Hair Salon on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, recalls Turkish, Greek and Italian (Mediterranean) women protecting their hair from the salt ocean air and summer heat by rubbing heavy olive oil throughout their locks. The result was often heavily greasy hair, but of course shiner hair. Even today, coconut oil (just a teaspoon), can also work well as protection against heat.
Treat it Right
Master colorist Sarah Hammel from Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon LA advises to try to get as much moisture as possible out of your hair prior to blow drying. “Before using a heat tool such as curling iron or straightening iron, make sure your hair is completely dry. One of the worst things one can do is use these tools on damp hair,” Hammel reminds. “Keep hair in good condition by doing treatments once every few weeks. A great treatment for all hair types is sleeping overnight with Dr. Hauschka’s Hair Neem Oil in your hair and shampooing out in the morning. Here are some great products that not only work great for volume or smoothing, but have built in heat protectants as well.”
KERASTASE MOUSSE VOLUMACTIVE is a great styling product if you have fine hair that wants volume. It provides heat protection without weighing down the hair.
SHU UEMURA SATIN DESIGN POLISHING MILK blocks humidity, frizz and protects your hair from heat. It also adds moisture for those that need an extra conditioning.
Summer Damage = The Worst
“Protecting hair from heat damage is especially important in the summer,” says Eufora Global Team Educator, Mirza Batnovic. In the warmer months, Mirza recommends letting hair air dry naturally with a leave-in conditioner like Eufora’s Hydration Leave-in. He also recommends picking only one hot tool to help protect your hair from damage. For example, if you usually use a blow dryer and a flat iron, just pick one! In addition, you can always let hair dry in a braid for a natural, messy look. If you have to choose one hot tool, he recommends using a blow dryer, which is less damaging than a flat iron. If you would like to use a flat iron, use a heat activated product that creates a barrier on the hair.
Thermal Protectant Products Are a MUST
Styling irons are extremely hot and we must protect the hair shaft from being scorched. The only way to achieve today’s looks are with flat irons and large barrel curling irons which can potentially damage the hair if thermal protectant product isn’t applied before and even during the styling process.