Straightening your hair instantly adds a touch of class and sex appeal when it comes time to start the day off right. Unfortunately, there is a downside. Heat straightening damages your hair and puts the hair strands under stress. If you straighten your hair regularly you might have noticed that your hair feels weak and brittle. Cranking up the dial on your straightener is a definite no-no, as high heat will melt your hair, leaving it weak – and it will eventually break and fall out!
There is no amount of product in the world that can revive your locks after you have burned them with a straightener. Luckily, there are some alternative methods of straightening your hair and in this post, we will give you know how so your hair doesn’t have to suffer at the hands of the evil straightener anymore.
Good Old Brushing
Brushing your hair before and after you shower will straighten your hair. The downside is that it takes a little longer than a straightener but you will get there just be persistent. It may help to section the hair off so you can get better access with the brush. This method of straightening will do the least damage to your hair.
Flat Iron Harm Reduction
If you must use a flat iron, there are products on the market that will minimise the damage and make your hair more resilient to the heat bashing you are about to put it through. It’s called heat protection spray and applies a protective barrier that will save your hair.
Also, make sure that your iron is turned down to a minimum to avoid damage to your hair. Again, it’s going to take a bit longer, but not as long as it will take to grow your hair back after it melts and falls out.
The quality of your hair straightener matters. Cheap straighteners that don’t have ceramic heat bars will do more damage as the heat is not regulated as well and it is often uneven which will cause damage to your hair.
Also, make sure you prep your hair before straightening with hair masks and conditioners to keep it moist and healthy. Then, wait until your hair is fully dry before straightening. Failing to do so will cause the moisture to boil and in turn, boil your hair. Boiling your hair is a bad thing and will cause it to become brittle.
Another way to straighten your hair is with a blow-dryer. Keep the temperature on low and while you’re blow drying, work a brush or comb through it starting at the roots and working outwards. Section your hair while doing this and it will make the job a lot easier.
Applying any sort of heat to your hair is not healthy for it. When straightening, try keep it to a minimum – at the most once per week. I know it’s hard to avoid because we all want to look our best. You should try never to straighten your hair two or more days in a row – you’re asking for trouble. You may look good at the time, but think about how your hair will look a few months down the track all frazzled and broken. It’s not a pretty sight, believe me. There are split ends for days and you will have to get the chop.
That’s why it’s imperative that you look after your hair after straightening to minimise the collateral damage. Be sure to use good quality shampoos and conditioners. I like to make up a hair mask out natural oil such as avocado and peppermint to restore the moisture and strength to my hair. There are a number of different products on the market or online that you can DIY or purchase them premade. Always read the label to ensure that the ingredients are natural or full of good ingredients and they don’t contain any hidden nasties.
Consider a New Hairstyle
Straightening isn’t the greatest habit to get into. Your hair will hate you for it and you will notice as time goes by that your hair thins out and eventually breaks off, especially as you get older. All those years of torturing your hair with dyes and heat straightening will finally take their toll on your hair and you may end up with just a few strands left!
It might be worth considering changing your hairstyle to something that rocks without the need for straightening. There are many cool hairstyles that don’t require the need for heavy remanufacturing. A shortcut that is hassle-free and looks great a bit messy can do the trick. Find a hairstyle that suits you and doesn’t need to be straightened to look good.
Try not to straighten your hair, but if you must, heed this advice to minimise the damage and you should be fine.