How to protect your hair from heat styling damage

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Using hot tools like straighteners and curling irons to style your hair can be super fun and give you a *fab* new look. But whenever you're using heat on your hair, it's really important to take the extra steps to protect your tresses from long-term damage—such as dryness and frizziness—that can result from different styling tools. Read on for ways to keep your hair healthy and protect it while *still* heat styling. 

Use a hair mask in the shower:
Since heat styling tools strip your hair of its natural moisture, it's important to make sure your hair stays hydrated with a moisturizing hair mask. Apply the mask while you're washing your hair, and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Try out these hair masks: 

SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque. Shop at

Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask. Shop at

Always use heat protectant spray: 

Every single time before you use heat styling tools, make sure to use a protective spray. Think of heat protectant spray as a shield for your hair—it can really reduce the amount of heat damage you can get from styling tools! We recommend these sprays: 

TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Leave-In Spray. Shop at

Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray. Shop at

Don't use the highest heat setting on your styling tools: 

Instead of automatically cranking up the heat to the highest setting, try paying attention to the temperature of your tools and set them to a medium or low heat setting—this will prevent split ends and breakage. 

Never use hot tools on wet hair:

Using tools like straighteners and curling irons while your hair is still wet can fry your hair and cause *a lot* of damage. Your hair should never sizzle when using a hot tool (and if it does, it might mean your hair is still too wet to style). Always make sure your hair is 100% dry before you use any styling tool. 

Give your hair a heat break: 

If you find yourself constantly using heat on your hair, you might want to give your locks a break—embrace your natural texture, or let your hair air dry. Over-doing it on the heat can cause some serious damage, so make sure to let your hair breathe! 

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by Maya Camu | 9/17/2020