Lockdown has made serious changes to our lives, including us finding ways to stay busy and occupied during the long days. How many people do you know who turned to baking bread, learning crochet, or indulging in crazy netflix series like Tiger Kind? Let’s not forget about organising socials via Zoom!
On the flip side, for women especially, I feel like lockdown had it’s beauty benefits. Sure, salons have been closed, so we might be rocking 4 inch roots. However, all those days going make-up free or wearing lighter makeup will have helped out skin, and months without bleach and dyes will have no doubt helped strengthen our hair. Plus, not having to worry about styling your hair, what to wear every day, and how to look could have hugely lowered those stress levels we are all prone to.
One of the main plus points is reducing heat damage. This has huge benefits to our hair, but now as lockdown eases, ask yourself: am I going to return to applying heat everyday to my hair?
Ideally, the answer will be no. You’ve come so far already! Giving your hair a well deserved break from heat – and I don’t just mean two months – will reap the rewards. Let’s take a look at how you can successfully get into a habit of reducing heat, and what happens to your hair as your get into the habit fully.
How does heat create damage?
Heat damage is the result of what happens to our hair when we have been using heat of a too high temperature, which comprises the natural texture and shine. Heat damage is worse when it’s been built up for a while, but it can also happen after one bad session with a curling wand or straightener if you apply a hot temperature for too long.
Staying away from heat tools is always the best advice when it comes to avoiding the risk of heat damage. If you have unruly hair, or fine hair, and rely on heat tools to boost the hair and look more fuller/styled/sleek, there are alternative options, you just might not be thinking hard enough! Hair extensions, hair pieces, weaves and wigs are brilliant for transforming your hair and creating stylish, healthy looks. Online retailer brazilianhairtop offers a great selection of top quality virgin hair, which should give you some good ideas.
Hair extensions, wig and hair pieces can be handy to clip in or apply if you’re really trying to take a serious break from heat. Also, if you do have an urge to apply heated appliances, like curling wands or crimpers, you can opt to apply to the hair piece instead of your own hair, to protect your own. Take a look at wwwbrazilianhairtopcom for some inspiration if you’ve never worn any human hair before.
Keeping hair healthy when you already have heat damage
If the damage is already done, don’t fret too much. You can make a difference by taking some key steps, such as minimising styling with heat tools, always using heat protection sprays and creams on your hair before blow drying and styling, and keeping hair in it’s best condition by opting for intense conditioning treatments, oils and nourishing products.
If you go to the hair salon regularly, Olaplex or deep conditioning mask treatments are worth investing in if you have coloured or bleach hair. These work to strengthen weak and heat damaged hair, and with repeated use, can help restore it’s shine and manageability.
Preventing heat damage in the future
Sadly heat damage is permanent, but remember that hair grows, and new, healthy hair will continue to grow, so you’re not always ‘stuck’ with it. You just have to learn to reduce heat appliances, lower the temperatures if you insist on using heated devices, and up your heat protection game.
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Preventing heat damage with curly/coarse hair
If your hair has a natural curl pattern or is naturally coarse, there are certain hairstyles that can keep your hair a little healthier without relying on heat.
The first is to embrace your natural wave or curl using mousse products, curl enhancing creams or sleeping in a bun/plait. You can also create textured ponytails if you wish to add a bit of height and volume into curly or thick hair.
It’s also key to use detangling products wherever possible that are gentle on the hair. Products like detangling sprays and the tangle teezer can aim to keep hair free from knotting. Use a microfibre towel too once hair is wet, which reduces any pulling or snagging from towels.
Lastly, remember that overall, heat is OK to use in very small amounts, with the right protection, and using sparingly. If you can give yourself a solid break from heat damage, your hair will forever thank you for it!