Everyone loves straight and smooth hair, but how many of us really take care of our hair after straightening? Straighteners can really damage your hair over time. If used daily, the heat from straighteners dries out the hair, makes it prone to breakage and split ends.
If you’re worried about brittle and dry hair but cannot live without your hair straightener even for a day, then we have some tips for you to straighten your hair at home without damaging it.
1. Wash And Prep Your Hair
Before you even begin straightening, you must first prepare your hair for the process. The chances of hair damage because of straightening can be reduced considerably if you clean off excess dirt and grease from your hair.
Therefore, wash your hair with a mild shampoo and apply a nourishing conditioner after that. Then let your hair dry completely before using the straightener. It’s advised to air-dry your hair instead of blow-drying, as you will use a straightener afterwards and heat from the blow dryer can also be damaging.
2. Choose The Right Straightener
Not many among us know that there is a variety of hair straighteners which must be selected according to the type and volume of your hair to reap maximum benefits.
While straightening hair brushes are still a good choice, but the recommended straightener is the flat iron. A ceramic plated flat iron is a better choice as it distributes heat evenly and reduces the chance of heat damage compared to a titanium plated flat iron.
3. Apply A Heat Protectant
Before using a straightening iron don’t forget to apply a heat-protective hair spray, cream or serum. A heat protectant for the hair is the same as sunscreen is to the skin. Heat protectants reduce damage and breakage by creating a barrier between the hair and our heating iron, locking the natural moisture of our hair which would otherwise be lost without applying a heat protectant.
Heat protectant also prepares our hair for heat styling, instead of suddenly exposing the hair to extreme heat, it slowly heats the hair. So, don’t skip this step.
4. Section Your Hair
Parting or dividing hair in appropriate sections, depending on the thickness of your hair aids you in straightening with ease and saves your time by quickly doing the job.
There are many techniques for sectioning your hair and you can use the thin tail of a comb, a pick or any sharp-pointed object to part your hair with accuracy and ease.
5. Set A Suitable Temperature
Setting temperature at an appropriate level is an extremely important step towards straightening your hair to perfection, and that also depends on your hair type and condition. For instance, you can make your hair color last longer by exposing moderate heat on them.
Applying a high temperature on thin hair can cause serious damage or even burn your strands off and if your hair is dense or curly, then you should apply higher temperatures for smooth straightening.
6. Use A Hairspray
Hairspray holds our hair together and you wouldn’t want to waste all your efforts of straightening by not applying a hairspray after styling your hair.
Use a mild hairspray and comb it through the hair to distribute it uniformly. Any good quality hairspray ensures frizz-free hair while keeping them smooth and straight for a longer time.
7. Apply Coconut Oil
However, it’s recommended to heat-style your hair once a week but sometimes you may need to straighten your hair on a daily basis. If that is the case with you, then you must give your hair a break once a week.
You can do this by massaging warm coconut oil all over your hair to restore moisture and repair the damage caused by heat.
There you have it, the best and easy heat-styling tips which can reduce the damage considerably.