Heat styling tools are not a one size fits all, as different hair demands different temperature. The heat you apply to your hair should depend on how thick or thin your hair is and whether or not has it been chemically treated. You really can straighten your hair on a regular basis without damaging it. The trick is to educate yourself on temperatures.
Here’s a quick and easy guide to ideal heat styling temperatures that leaves every hair type glossy and healthy.
Straightening Fine and Chemically Treated Hair:
If your hair is naturally delicate and fine, you need to treat it like precious silk. This is insanely true if your hair has become ultra-fragile due to processing. Whether you’ve bleached, relaxed, or permed your mane, you need to treat it with extra care. When you're styling fine, processed hair with heat, 180°C is a safe bet. Anything over 190°C is going to cause serious damage to your hair.
Straightening Coloured Hair:
Make your hair color last longer by keeping your straightener’s temperature under 200°C. Just turning down the heat a little bit can make a major difference in keeping your locks vibrant. This is doubly true for reds, blues, greens, pink, etc, that are notoriously prone to fading.
Straightening Normal Locks:
Have fairly run-of-the-mill locks? They still need protection! Cheap quality flat irons are way too hard to control and hard on your hair. You don’t want to damage your healthy strands. Unless your hair is exceptionally thick and hard to style, always keep your straightener under 200°C to maintain the health of your hair.
Straightening Textured Hair:
If your hair is super dense, curly, or thick, you need a lot of heat to penetrate in it. Start out by styling at 230°C. Once you get your hair styled, reduce the heat to 190°C. This helps in straightening those hard to style locks and also doesn’t deteriorate the health of your hair by exposing a lot of heat for too long.
Straightening your hair at a correct temperature that adapts to your hair type is very important. As not taking this into account can make this daily routine a direct and major cause of hair damage.
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