No matter what heated hair styling tool you use, a heat protectant is crucial to keeping your strands looking good and feeling healthy. If you use any heated styling tool, you must care about how your hair looks, so do not disregard the importance of protection when it comes to hair styling with heat. Nobody wants to have perfectly straight hair that looks like straw and feels super stiff; instead, you can have soft hair that looks smooth, shiny and healthy if you do not neglect the use of heated styling tools. Keep in mind, a heat protectant will not eliminate damage completely to your tresses but it will definitely lessen it!
The Consequences of Not Using a Heat Protectant
If you decide not to worry about heat protection, your hair might handle it for a while but over time with regular use of a heated tool, you can expect your hair to become dry and brittle, no matter how high quality the styling tool is.
The damages from using heat are pretty much non-reversible and long term, meaning there’ll be no way to get healthy strands again unless you get a trim. Heat damage results in dull dehydrated strands, split ends, and breakage.
When I was a teenager, straightening my hair basically on a daily basis, I wasn’t aware of the importance of these products and didn’t ever use one. I was dying my hair quite often too and I just remember it became thin and seemed to just stop growing. I ended up getting clip-in extensions to hide the damage and damaged the extensions too! The only way I got my hair back to a healthy condition was when I chopped it off to a bob length and started fresh. Lesson learned!
How Heat Protectants Work
Heat protectants provide a barrier between the heat application and the fiber of hair resulting in less breakage and snagging of the strands as a whole. They act as a shield and are mandatory to maintaining healthy hair when using hot tools.
These essential products for your hair routine not only result in shielding your hair from damage but actually act provide further benefits to the hair, adding shine, reducing frizz and making it easier to style as a whole.
Combined essential defensive ingredients make up a heat protectant. You should ensure the protectant shields a high temperature of heat.
When to Apply a Heat Protectant
Heat protection products are generally intended to be applied to towel dried hair that is still damp. When applied to damp hair, it’s able to penetrate to the cuticle, absorbing into the hair shaft and bonding before heat application. There are protectants that are suitable to be applied to dry hair, which is ideal for those days when you haven’t washed your hair but you still need to touch up your hair style with a heated tool.
These protection products come in the form of leave-in conditioner, serum, cream, mist, spray or foams which you can choose from depending on your personal preference as well as your hair type. For example, those with fine hair may find it beneficial to choose a mist or spray as a leave-in conditioner or serum may weigh the hair down too much and result in greasy looking hair after a short period of time. Those with thick, coarse strands will find that serums and leave-in conditioners are suitable for their hair as it will easily soak it up.
Now that you understand the importance of incorporating heat protection into your hair care routine and how they work to protect the hair, you should go out and buy yourself a heat protectant and always use one before applying heat if you want to maintain beautiful, healthy strands!