A correct hair straightener creates beautiful, shiny tresses with just a few flicks of your wrist!
But straight-hair addicts are often presented with an impossible quandary.
While being able to straighten your hair within minutes does sound like a blessing, it can also be dangerous to the overall health of your hair if done on a daily basis, especially without taking necessary precautions.
Daily use of a flat iron can damage your hair, especially if like many straight hair addicts, your hair is already coarse and dry. Daily exposure to heat dries out your hair, making it more vulnerable to split ends and breakage. The more heat you use, and the more frequently you use it, the worse the damage will be. Straightening your hair can give it a smooth, sleek look. But if you do it too often without taking proper care of your tresses and you’ll be left with dry, heat-damaged hair and that’s the exact opposite of what you were going for. It is possible to straighten your mane every day and keep it from turning into a frizzy mess.
Does this mean you have to give up on straight locks and shiny-smooth hair for days? Or that you have to choose between a texture you love and healthy hair? Not a chance!
Instead, follow these simple tips to flaunt those straight locks every day.
Pick the Correct Straightener:
When it comes to hair straighteners, you get what you pay for. The one you bought must be at an amazing discount. But inexpensive straighteners often are of poor quality that heats up unevenly, requires repeated swipes, and excessive exposure to heat. Some straighteners also overheat, increasing damage to your hair. Poorly designed straighteners can even snag strands of hair, causing breakage and hair loss. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you splurge a bomb on your straightener, but be wise and pick your straightener after good research.
Don't Overdo It:
We understand you want straight hair each and every day. That doesn't mean you have to hit the heat every morning. If your hair is thick, coarse, or curly, you probably don't need to have a hair wash every day.
Switching to an alternate-day shampoo approach helps maintain your hair's natural oils—the same oils that heat and styling products can sap. You'll have more time in the morning, and you'll have to straighten less frequently, offering your hair a much-needed break from high heat.
Switch to a Right Heat Protectant:
One of the easiest ways to reduce heat-related damage is to apply a heat protectant before you straighten. These products shield your hair from damaging heat. Some are even activated by the heat from your straightener to infuse your hair with moisture and goodness of the product.
Give Your Hair the Love it deserves:
Committing to heat-styled straight hair means you must also commit to a hair-friendly treatment regimen that nourishes and repairs your hair.
• Use one heat appliance a day. Don't make it a habit to straighten your hair right after you blow it dry every day, such a practice is advised for effective results only you’re not a frequent heat styling tool user.
• Invest in a superior quality shampoo and conditioner, with nourishing properties. Make it a habit to condition your hair every time after you use a shampoo.
• Do not wash you’re your hair with very hot water. Keep your shower temperature as low as you can tolerate since hot water can cause severe damage to your hair.
Straight, healthy hair doesn't require any understanding of quantum physics, and you don't need the blessings of the hair gods either. Just make sure to follow these tips that help you nourish your hair.