7 ways to recover from heat damage
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Summer is coming to an end, and that often means recovering from heat damage. Heat damage can occur when your hair is exposed to high temperatures from styling tools like flat irons, curling wands, and hair dryers. From beach waves to blow-outs, heat damage is real. The result is dry, brittle, or frizzy hair. However, with proper care, you can restore heat-damaged hair to its former glory.
Here are some tips for caring for heat-damaged hair:
Limit heat styling
The first step in caring for heat-damaged hair is to limit the use of heat styling tools. If possible, air-dry your hair, and when you do use heat, use the lowest setting possible.
Use heat protectant
Before using any heat styling tools, apply a heat protectant spray to your hair. This will help to reduce the damage caused by the heat.
1. Trim split ends
Split ends are a common result of heat damage, and they can quickly spread up the length of your hair. To prevent this, trim split ends regularly.
2. Deep condition
Regular deep conditioning can help restore moisture to heat-damaged hair. Look for a deep conditioner that contains ingredients like shea butter, argan oil, or coconut oil.
3. Avoid heat when wet
Avoid using heat styling tools on wet hair, as wet hair is more susceptible to damage. If you need to style your hair while it is wet, use a wide-toothed comb or your fingers to detangle it before blow-drying.
4. Use a silk or satin pillowcase
Sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase can help to reduce friction and breakage, both of which can be caused by heat damage.
5. Avoid harsh chemicals
Chemical treatments like bleach and relaxers can further damage heat-damaged hair. If you need to color your hair, opt for a semi-permanent dye, which is gentler on the hair.
By following these tips, you can help restore your heat-damaged hair to its former health and beauty. It may take time, but with proper care, your hair will become soft, shiny, and manageable once again!
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