Picture this: It's early in the morning and you've just picked up your blow-dryer/flat-iron/curling iron to put the finishing touches on your hair. But instead of a coif luxurious enough to make a Victoria's Secret model jealous, your strands start to smoke and the room oddly smells like burnt popcorn. We call this moment heat damage
We're sure many of you have experienced it once or twice. But for those of you lucky enough to have avoided this common hair styling pitfall, heat damage is when high temps crack the cuticle--outermost layer--of the hair shaft and evaporates its inner moisture. Moisture is essential in keeping the hair shiny and pliable and without it, hair tends to look dull and brittle. Here are a few tips on how to avoid it:
Use heat tools sparingly.Want curls or waves? Switch to rollers.
When using heat, use the lowest heat setting necessary.Just because your flat iron can reach 450 degrees Fahrenheit does not mean that you should use it at that temp. Those with fine and thin hair can typically get away with using their heat tools on the lowest setting while those with more dense and coarse hair need a little more heat.
Never use a heat tool directly on wet hair (including blow dryers)Using a heat tool on wet hair causes moisture to boil within the hair shaft and accelerate damage. As for blow dryers, always hold them a few inches away from your hair and pointed downward to smooth the shingle-like layers resting along the hair cuticle.
Invest in a heat protectant that contains silicone.Silicones provide a fluid-like barrier along the hair's surface to lock shine in and heat out. glo essentials Style Defining Cream contains Phenyl Trimethicone, a form of silicone that increases hair body, suppleness, and sheen.