They say that hair can make heads turn. A girl with beautifully styled hair manages to grab attention anywhere, anytime. In this regard, hair straighteners and flat irons contribute effectively towards giving your hair the look it deserves. However, heat damage is the bane of every straight hair lover’s existence and may take out the fun of dressing up one’s hair. Here’s how to minimize hair damage from flat irons and bash on with what you love to do…styling hair!
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If you consider hair your timeless ‘booty’ and ‘beauty’ be aware and alert of the fact that heat treatments may sometimes cause irreversible damage to hair. This is a scary proposition and has to be nipped in the bud. Flat irons straighten hair using heat. Though contemporary irons are high-tech and designed to be safe, the heat involved tends to destroy some vital nutrients and proteins from hair leaving them coarse, split-ended, listless and unhealthy. Natural hair oils also get depleted and our dear hair as well as the brazilian kinky curly hair requires extra maintenance and care.
As a solution to this quite avoidable problem, hair experts recommend good quality products and heat protectants for hair in order to keep them smiling and shining. Heat protectants have inherent heat absorbing properties, thereby preventing the ill-effects from thermal hair-styling devices like flat irons. It has been observed that protectants containing hydrolyzed wheat protein polysiloxane copolymer and cetrimonium chloride are highly effective in protecting, strengthening, and nourishing. These products work by sealing in the hair cuticles making them smooth and diminishing the static charges.
Customer Reviews On Hair Protectants
For minimizing the damaging effects from flat irons and hair straighteners, some real customers and hair protectant users suggest various creams, serums, sprays and mousses which may prove quite handy and helpful in the long and stressful journey that our hair tends to undergo.
The best rated products include alcohol-free CHI products like the ‘Silk Infusion’, Matrix Sleek Look Flat iron Spray and Serum, Tresemme’s Heat Tamer, Sedu Anti-Frizz Polishing Treatment containing Moroccan Argan Oil, John Frieda Frizz-Ease Thermal protection serum, Rusk Thermal Serum, Dove products, Bumble and Bumble Straight, Brilliant Damage Control by Aveda, Davines Momo Anti-Frizz Fluid, Redken Satinwear lotion, KMS California Flat-Out straightening cream and many others.
However, the product that has been most successful for me personally has been Nexxus Sleek Memory. It is special because it makes your own hair straighter with each use. This is not a dramatic change but it does seem to make my hair sleeker with each passing use. It also has cetrimonium chloride which I told you earlier helps make your hair stronger when you use it with a heat appliance.
The above mentioned products are created especially for hair that is exposed to heat and may lose their elasticity and strength over a period of time. One needs to read all instructions carefully before using a product and buy a trusted brand only. Gradually after exploring the market, you may find a product that works best for you and your hair.
In case of severe damage, one needs to avoid flat ironing hair for some time and use reconstructors. These are conditioners rich in protein; specifically targeted for heat-damaged hair. They condition and strengthen the hair strands and leave minimum residue. Used regularly, they can be quite helpful in not only minimizing the look of damage but also in its prevention. One suggestion would be to try the Joico K-Pak reconstructor.
When using these products, you should always follow the product directions, but as a general role you should never overload your hair with too much product. As this can leave the hair feeling very tacky and it can weigh the hair down and make the actual style you are trying to achieve look unattractive. Just as hair straightening irons have move on in performance, so have the heat protection products. Now, they not only protect your hair, they also have styling capabilities.
They can add volume, body, hold and texture to the hair and will help you get the look you really want to have and will also make your hair look healthier and glossy, feel softer and become much stronger.
Hair straighteners are expensive. We spend a lot of money at the hairdressers for a cut or for a cut and colour. If we are willing to spend so much on the basics of our hair, we will also need to spend an extra £5-£15 on a good quality heat protection spray. For the best results, try and use the protection product each time you straighten or blow dry your hair.