Who doesn’t love salon-straight, shiny hair that stays that way all day long. And a flat iron does just that. But the downside to using a flat iron on your hair often, is the damage it does. Ironing your hair often doesn’t just cause your hair to fall out, it robs your hair of the outer layer that helps lock the moisture in. And without moisture, your hair becomes brittle, dull and frizzy.
Let’s take a look at a few things that you can do to protect your hair from damage, and how you can get the same salon-straight look without using a flat iron.
Repair Hair Damaged By Ironing
1. Trim Damaged Ends
Have your stylist trim your hair and remove the damaged ends. Damaged ends can spread the damage upwards and cause damage to the healthy parts of your hair. Trimming the ends will arrest further damage.
2. Get A Ceramic Iron
If you’ve been using the same flat iron for long, think of replacing it with a ceramic one. Chances are that your flat iron’s temperature gauge isn’t working well and your hair is getting damaged from excessive heat. A ceramic iron will heat evenly and reduce the damage to your hair.
3. Wash With A Moisturizing Shampoo
Shampoo your hair with a moisturizing shampoo to help restore and lock moisture in. Go for ones that contains nutrients, ceramides, and UV protectors.
4. Use A Deep Conditioner
Condition your hair after shampooing with a deep protein based conditioner that can repair and seal your hair’s cuticle and leave your hair healthy and smooth.
5. Dry Thoroughly
If you use a flat iron on wet hair, the heat from the iron will heat up the water in your hair and damage your hair. Which is why it is important to let your hair air dry and use a blow dryer after that to dry the hair completely.
6. Apply Serum Before You Iron
Before you use a flat iron on your hair, it’s important to apply a styling serum that contains dimethicone. Dimethicone melts from the heat of the iron and forms a protective coating on your hair. These are a few things to keep in mind when using a flat iron to your hair. But if your hair has had extensive damage from styling that requires heat, you may want to consider switching to styles that do not require heat and give your mane a breather to recover from all the damage.
Get Salon-Straight Hair Without A Flat Iron
Ironing your hair may give you the perfect salon-straight look, but leaves your hair damaged, frizzy and brittle when used over a period of time. Let’s take a look at using a heat-free way of straightening your hair that leaves your hair looking salon-straight and shining with good health.
1. Wash With A Straightening Shampoo
Look for straightening shampoos containing keratin and argan oil, and wash your hair and rinse completely. These active ingredients in the shampoo help smooth hair and strengthen the cuticles.
2. Apply Deep Conditioner
Choose an oil-based deep conditioner and apply it onto your hair from the roots to the tips and leave it on for 5 minutes before rinsing it off.
3. Towel Dry Your Hair
Dry your hair using a microfiber towel and remove the excess moisture without causing dryness.
4. Use An Anti-Frizz Serum
Use an anti-frizz serum and work it into your hair from mid-length to the ends, with your fingers.
5. Comb and Detangle
Use a wide-toothed comb and comb your hair to spread the product evenly and detangle your hair.
6. Use 2-inch Rollers
Use self-adhesive rollers and roll 2-inch sections of your hair all the way up to your scalp. It’s a good idea to use 2 or 3-inch rollers. Use hair clips to secure the rollers to your scalp.
7. Air-Dry The Rolled Hair
Let your hair air-dry completely. It’s important that you remove all moisture from your hair, so that it doesn’t get frizzy.
8. Remove The Rollers
Once the hair dries, gently remove the rollers and brush the hair straight with a brush that has natural bristles.
9. Apply Anti-Humidity Spray And Look Fabulous!
Seal the style by using an anti-humidity spray from roots all the way to the tips. Remember to hold the can at a distance of at least 10-12 inches away when you’re spraying.