How to Repair Heat-Damaged Hair
Learn the hacks and methods to prevent your hair from being damaged.
Heat – it’s sometimes our hair’s friend, but oftentimes it’s a foe. Although it makes our crowning glory look good, it can also cause great damage. That sound of curling irons may give hints of a glossy and cascading waves, but after a few hours, the effects show.
Well, there’s nobody to blame. And we shouldn’t really have to blame the heat. After all, it plays a vital role in achieving gorgeous hair.
Why Does Heat Cause Hair Damage?
The heat released during straightening, blow-drying, and curling is often so hot to cause damage and trauma to the strands. But how does all that damage happen?
Yes, the high temperatures may yield the best results, especially during the entire styling process. But after several heat applications, cracks begin to show in the cuticle layer. With continued heat, the ends start to split, hair color fades, and frizz increases.
All this thermal damage brought about by heat styling tools also softens the hair keratin. As a result, the hair’s protein structures are affected, leaving your locks, dry, dull, and looking dead.
With all the effects that heat brings to your hair, should you stay away from heat styling tools? Not necessarily. There are actually a few ways to reverse the effects and prevent future damage. Continue reading to know more about these hacks and methods:
How Do You Treat Heat-Damaged Hair?
At this point, you’re probably so scared that you no longer want to use a heat styling tool. Again, as we mentioned above, there is a way to treat heat-damaged hair. We've scraped the web for the best ways to treat heat-damaged hair. Check them below:
1. Keep the Use of Heat Styling Tools to a Minimum.
When it comes to repairing heat-damaged hair is to prevent further damage. If you paid careful attention to the points we mentioned above, you have probably identified that your primary foe is heat. But if you can’t avoid it, you can at least keep the use of heat styling tools to a minimum.
Start by using your favorite heat styling tool on a lower temperature. And then, make it a habit to apply heat protectant products every time you apply heat on your strands.
2. Use the Right Hair Care Products.
The next tip we can give you is to simply get serious with your hair care routine. Do this by using the right natural hair care products.
Find the best shampoo and conditioner that repairs and restores the strands from within. Use a product that attacks the cause of the problem instead of just concealing it. It is best if you can find a product that is rich in amino acids and bamboo extracts as these ingredients are known to protect, strengthen, and repair heat-damaged strands.
3. Cool Your Strands.
This method is quite obvious, but many still do not pay attention to this. If heat is causing the problem, then you should reduce the temperature. You need not use your heat styling tool and set it to the highest possible temperature. Keep the temperature on average.
If you need to increase the heat to achieve your desired results, make sure you move the tool through your strands as fast as you can. In general, hair can only handle up to 380 degrees. Any temperature higher than that is too much. For relaxed or bleached hair, it is ideal to lower the heat setting to around 300 degrees.
After using your favorite heat styling tool, you can finish off your routine with a spritz of cool water. This way, the hair cuticles are closed and your strands will look smoother and shinier.
4. Put an End to Towel-Drying.
If your hair is already a bit damaged, it is essential that you reduce the application of stress on your strands.
In most cases, after washing the hair, we tend to use a towel to dry our strands and remove all the excess water. We don’t know that vigorous towel-drying can result in more damage to the hair cuticles.
Our best option is to wrap our hair in a cotton towel or let it air dry. If you are in a rush, use a micro-fiber towel instead. This type of towel is gentler and safer for the strands.
5. Brush Your Hair Only When It’s Dry.
Hair is most vulnerable when it’s wet. So, if it’s already damaged, the more fragile it becomes after taking a shower.
This is the reason why you should only brush your hair when it is completely dry. If you feel the need to smoothen and comb your strands, grab a wide-toothed comb and detangle your hair in a gentle manner.
6. Trim Your Hair Regularly.
Cutting your hair might not seem to prevent any heat damage. But in truth, the healthier the strands, the lesser heat damage will cause.
Once the strands begin to split, they will continue up to the shaft. When that happens, the damage might be difficult to fix. That said, trimming your hair once in a while can greatly help, though hair care experts doing it once every three months.
7. Choose Quality Shampoo.
To further strengthen your strands and help them to withstand high temperatures without breaking, we recommend that you use a high-quality shampoo that moisturizes the strands and detangles. You've got plenty of options out there. But if you are uncertain, ask your stylist.
8. Air Dry Your Hair Whenever Possible.
Yes, air drying might take longer than the usual. But it will definitely save your tresses from serious heat damage. If you have a naturally wavy hair that you wish to straighten, or have straight strands that you wish to make wavy, then you can benefit from air drying.
Once your hair is completely dry, you can now proceed with using a curling or straightening iron. Alternatively, you can opt for hairstyles that do not use heat. For instance, you can go for a messy bun or French braids.
9. Add Hair Masks to Your Hair Care Routine.
If you heat-style your hair often, one quick and easy way to expedite the recovery process of your strands is to use a hair mask at least once a week. This way, you can keep your hair moisturized and you can add a protective layer to your strands prior to heat styling.
You can use ready-made hair masks available in the store, but you can always create one at home. Here are a few DIY hair masks recipes:
Avocado and Olive Oil Hair Mask
Avocado contains proteins and amino acids that help stimulate the production of hair and moisturize dry hair. Olive oil, on the other hand, is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that play a vital role in hair growth and strengthening the strands. When combined together, both ingredients make a powerful hair mask.
What You Need:
- 1 pc. mashed ripe avocado2 tbsps. organic olive oil
- 2 tbsps. organic olive oil
- 2 tbsps. pure honey
Blend all ingredients together in one small bowl until smooth. Apply the mixture into clean hair. Let it sit for an hour. Rinse and wash with your favorite shampoo and conditioner.
Olive Oil, Honey, Mayonnaise, and Egg Hair Mask
Did you know that mayonnaise is not just for salads and sandwiches? It can also be used in the hair. Mayonnaise has properties that help absorb hair moisture and nourish the hair follicles. Honey and olive oil are also popular antioxidants that have moisturizing benefits. When combined with eggs, these ingredients can create a great hair mask for those with curly hair.
What You Need:
- 1 pc. large egg
- 2 tbsps. mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp. pure honey
- 1 tbsp. organic olive oil
In a medium-sized bowl, combine all four ingredients and blend until smooth. Apply the mixture in small sections of your clean hair. Let it sit for an hour. Rinse and wash as you normally would.
Honey and Coconut Oil Hair Mask
Do you have fine hair? Then you can take advantage of the benefits of coconut oil and honey. While coconut oil protects the proteins present in your strands, honey has emollient properties that allow it to penetrate deep into the shaft.
What You Need:
- 4 tbsps. organic coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. pure honey
Blend both ingredients in a bowl until a paste-like consistency is achieved. Apply directly into clean hair. Let it sit for at least an hour. Rinse and wash as you normally would.
10. Invest in a Good Quality Hair Dryer and Brush.
This is probably the simplest way to reduce heat damage. A quality blower and brush can eliminate the stress you apply onto your hair because it will require lesser time to achieve the results you want.
Experts recommend the use of a boar bristle brush when taming your strands. This type of hair brush does not heat up quickly, unlike metal or ceramic brushes. It works by pulling the natural oils in the strands, but in a way that does not dry them out.
Our hair endures a lot when you heat-style it. But now that you know what to do to prevent heat damage, let nothing stop you from having a great hair day!