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Does Heat Styling Damage Hair: Myths and Facts

Last update: Sep 21, 2017 09:11, April Williams

Heated styling is a long-lasting fixation of hair in a certain desired form. This process involves using methods with a temperature that is hotter than the air. These include the use of a blow dryer, curling and flat irons, hot rollers, a hair straightener brush.

It is, of course, a great invention. With its help, you can shape and volume any hair type, even the weakest, thinnest, and sparse.

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In this article, we will consider everything related to heat styling. That is:

  1. Types of Heated Hair Styling
  2. What Happens to the Hair During Heat Styling?
  3. Is Heat Styling Bad for Hair?
  4. How to Avoid Harmful Effects?
  5. Myths and Facts about Heated Styling

2 comment(s)

  1. My hair is extremely damaged from years of straightening with flat irons and not caring for my hair at all throughout my early teenage years. My hair feels like my little Sisters Barbie dolls hair or horse hair. I want to repair the damage I have done, I want soft, fresh hair, like what I had before all the heat damage. I can admit, I wasn’t using any heat protection and quite often I didn’t even brush it before clamping my hair together with my flat iron! – Terrible I know; does anyone have any suggestions?

  2. Trina

    Ok, don’t panic; there are some ways to repair and treat your hair. The first thing you can do to make it look better and restore its body is to get a trim; you don’t have to get a super short cut if that’s not for you, you can leave some length and treat the remaining damaged hair. You should follow a care regimen for damaged hair, including the use of a restorative shampoo, conditioner and styling products. Whenever possible let your hair dry naturally, don’t blow dry; if you need to, use the lowest heat setting. For now, you should avoid coloring your hair especially with harsh chemicals like bleach. Treatment masks can also help rescue your hair. Also if you are going to continue styling your hair with heat, opt for a safer option such as a hair straightening brush as they definitely don’t have the capacity to damage hair as flat irons do. If you are bold enough to chop it all off to a short bob or pixie cut then, by all means, do that, it will give you the possibility to start fresh and undo all the damage at once. I wish you the best of luck.

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