Hot Hair: How Heat Affects Hair

Hot Hair: How Heat Affects Hair

If you're anything like us, you love to change up your style often. But with hot tools comes the risk of heat damage. In this blog post, we'll talk about how heat affects hair, tips for styling with hot tools, and our take on heat protectants. Keep reading to learn more!

Hot tools work by heating up the keratin in your hair, which weakens the chemical bonds between the molecules of your hair, making it easier to manipulate & style. It’s really effective - but be careful. Using your heat tools too hot, for too long, or too often will eventually lead to increased breakage, dryness, split ends, and a decrease in your hair's overall health.

Protecting your hair from heat, whether you're spending a lot of time in the sun, or using hot tools often, comes down to using products that will protect your hair when heated. This will help to shield your hair from the damaging effects of hot styling and keep it healthy & strong.

So, what is the best way to style your hair with hot tools? We recommend keeping the temperature to a minimum and have some recommendations based on your hair type. In general, keep your heat only as high as needed to effectively style your hair, and under these temperatures:

If you have finer or thinner hair, keep the heat below 290 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you have thicker or curlier hair, keep the heat below 365 degrees Fahrenheit.

We also recommend using a leave-in conditioner (oh look at that, we make one...) or thermal protectant before styling to help further protect your strands. And be sure to use a thermally protective shampoo and conditioner system to help maintain healthy hair.

Our take on heat protectants

Heat protectants serve a great function and are a must when using high heat. They work by coating hair in a thicker silicone that slows the transfer of heat from your tools to your hair

If volume is a problem for you, overuse of heat protectants will make your volume woes worse.

The bottom line

We hope this article has helped you understand a little bit more about how heat affects your hair, and how to style it using hot tools without causing damage. Be sure to use thermal protectants and keep the temperature at a minimum to help maintain healthy, strong hair. Thanks for reading!

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