Say Goodbye to high heat!
By: Emily Lukehart
Heat! Heat! Heat! Turning it up is not always the answer, especially when it comes to your hair! Between the blow dryer and whatever combination of hot tools available today, it is safe to say we put our hair through quite a lot! Having gorgeous hair requires turning up the heat sometimes, but there are ways to get the look you love and keep your locks happy and healthy too!
Start off with protecting your hair like you would protect your skin before a day by the pool, or better yet, a beautiful beach. The right products will provide your hair with moisture, nutrients, and strength to combat some damage caused by heat and also aide in the overall goal of your style saving you time and retaining integrity for your hair. Always read the fine print on your product to determine the best time and amount to apply and maximize your results!
After applying your heat protectors the blow drying is the next step, and making the most efficient use of your time is the goal here. Not only because who really wants to spend forever drying their hair, but because less time equals less stress on our strands! When we blow dry our hair it not only removes water from the surface, but also from the interior structure of hair. This causes the hair to be left feeling dry, brittle, and highly vulnerable to breaking! That is why moisturizing products are not only popular but essential to happy hair! The ideal way to dry hair is to “rough dry” the hair until 80% of the moisture has been reduced, aka dry it quickly and without any brushing until it feels closer to dry than damp! Also, don’t forget to keep it moving! Make sure you are not allowing the heat to stay on one area of the hair for too long, if it is too hot on your hand, then it is too hot for your hair! After drying to 80% begin to utilize your round brush, paddle
brush, or whatever aide you prefer.
In a perfect world we would all be finished after blow drying, but in reality it doesn’t always stop there. If you are using any sort of hot tool on your lovely locks (wand, flat iron, curling iron ect.) the most important thing to look for is your heat setting! Higher heat does not mean better and faster end results! Turning down the heat will dramatically improve the structure and condition of the hair! Nothing over 350 degrees for any hair that has been treated with color or a smoothing system! All of us have different density and desire for our end results so the exact temperature can vary, but starting out as low as possible will make you are your hair happy in the long term without question!