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Does Heat Styling Damage Hair: Myths and Facts

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

Myths and Facts about Heated Hair Styling

Hair styling is covered with many legends and myths. We will try to help you understand the truth!

Myth 1: Hair Styling Cosmetics Should Only be of a Professional Salon Type

FACT: It is not that important what kind of cosmetics you use during heated styling. It’s the result you get that is important. This rule holds true for any hair care cosmetic products. Some people like super expensive professional mousse and some are crazy about a cheap product that is purchased at the local pharmacy — everything is individual. Something that works for someone might not work for another and something that doesn’t work for someone might work for another person. But there are some general recommendations when it comes to choosing hair cosmetics. First, pay attention to the ingredients. The closer the beneficial ingredients (natural extracts, argan oil, silk protein, and so on) are to the end of the list, the less is their content is in the product. So, their benefits are less significant.

Myth 2: The More Styling Products, the Better

FACT: We tend to think that any self-respecting girl should have at least five-ten different styling products in her collection. These range from hairsprays, texturizing sprays, leave-in conditioners, waxes, and foams… However, proper styling requires only one product that is two or three comb strokes. A necessary basic product is a hair spray, and it should be used only when you need a long fixation. You may also add styling cream or mousse to your collection, which is suitable for your hair texture (straight, wavy, or curly). This product will make your locks more manageable. Ideally, products you have should be able to protect your hair during heated styling or walking under the sun, while moisturizing and nourishing it.

Myth 3: You Should Just use an Ordinary Comb

FACT: In fact, any combing can harm your hair, as the comb may break the ends or tear your hair right from the root. Use wooden or soft professional combs or brushes. Another option is straightening or hot brushes. These brushes detangle and straighten at the same time with almost no harm.

Myth 4: You Should Apply a Lot of Hair Products

FACT: To make your hairstyle look magnificent, do not overdo it with styling products. Do not apply them to the roots, and be sure to rinse conditioners and masks out thoroughly (their remains make the hair heavier). Choose products with collagen, keratin, amino acids, or light silicones (like dimethicone or cyclomethycaine). They envelop all the hairs in a very thin film, thereby making them thicker and adding volume.

Myth 5: Hair Styling Can be Done Without Heat Protectants

FACT: Do not cling to illusions in regard to heated hair styling — all types are harmful to your hair, to this or that extent. Before heated styling or using a blow dryer, be sure to apply a heat protectant. Improper use of styling devices often causes hair damage. A simple example: if you overexpose a hair lock to the directed jet of very hot air for a couple of seconds, it will be burned. Burned and over dried hair immediately becomes more brittle and fragile, it begins to lose lipids and its basic building material — ceramides.

Overall, hot styling is a popular, fast, but not 100% safe way to style. If you will not use it not too often and follow our recommendations, your hair will always be good-looking and healthy. Always stay beautiful!

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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