How to Avoid Heat-Damaged Hair

by Jane Moss

 It may be almost impossible not to use heat-based tools on your hair. From hair dryers to straighteners and curling irons, easily-accessible heat-based tools have truly helped to revolutionize the world of hair styling.

Even so, heat has the potential to damage hair. When too much heat is applied to hair—more so if your hair has been chemically processed—the potential for damage increases. Here are some tools and tricks to minimize damage and to make your hair fuller and more manageable to boot!

  • Use devices on a low setting: At Brick & Mirror Beauty Bar, we recommend that you try to stay at or under 200° F for straighteners and irons (220° to 300° for thick or course hair) and dry and style your hair at the lowest temperature setting for blow dryers.
  • Use a heat protectant, like Pureology Colour’s Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier. This spray-on product primes hair for heat and styling and protects hair from damage by providing an impenetrable barrier—the product’s AntiFade Complex is exclusive to Pureology and also acts as an anti-frizz spray. This one simple addition to your home hair care can really minimize heat damage.
  • When using a straightener or curling iron, don’t reapply heat to the same portion of hair. If you want more effect, pick up another section of hair and apply heat as needed. Doubling the application of heat increases your changes of breakage and damage and should be avoided at all costs.
  • Try not to use blow-dryers, curling irons, hot rollers or straighteners every day—especially if your hair is chemically treated. Give your hair a rest and learn some easy styles that won’t necessitate heat.
  • Use a good quality hair mask at least once a week. Pureology’s Strength Cure Restorative Masque is perfect for preventing and restoring damage.
  • Lastly, visit your stylist regularly for regular cuts—this will remove damaged ends and make you—and your hair—look and feel its best!

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