Your Hair Care Equipment Could Damage Your Hair If You Aren’t Careful
You have a great arsenal of hair care tools – blow dryers, curling irons and hair straighteners – to help you in your hair care efforts. As with any tool, though, a good part of the quality of the results you get out of them comes from your own skills with them. This little guide should help you learn the right ways to use your hair care tools and to fix any damage you may cause from time to time.
Use the best tools
You don’t have to pay a fortune for quality hair care equipment. You just need to judge if a tool has all the features necessary for the purposes you have in mind for them. All heating equipment should offer you different heat settings, for instance. Good quality hair irons have several heat settings from 150° to 350° (unless you have a real training, it isn’t a good idea to go any higher than 350°). If a $60 pro hair dryer seems too high-priced, simply look for a cheaper unit that offers 2500 W of heating power and ionization technology. Make sure that the unit you buy has nozzles included to help you focus the air narrowly. Hair dryers that use high, focused heat dry your hair quickly and protect it from heat damage.
Think about what heat setting to use on your curling or straightening tools
If you were cooking a thin strip of bacon, would you set the stove to high heat? You wouldn’t, because the thin meat would heat up very quickly and burn. It’s much the same with hair (even if you aren’t trying to cook it). Before you pick a heat setting on a hair styling tool, you need to consider how substantial each hair strand is. The thinner it is, the lower the heat setting that you should consider using. One should never use a heating implement on the hair for longer than four seconds at a time. You wouldn’t normally need to use heat for any longer than that if you were trying a style that was natural to your hair. Whatever heat setting you use, it’s always a good idea to put some protective hair product on your hair first. Protective silicone sprays usually do a good job. It’s always a good idea to read up on all the styling techniques you plan to use on your hair. Once you’ve tried them out a few times, you could chat up your hairstylist to learn a few advanced tips and tricks. The more expertise you have, the more quickly you will be able to work and the less heat damage you will see.
Is your hair damaged?
It’s always possible to make a few mistakes as you try to learn your way around your hair care equipment. If your hair seems brittle, rough, dull or unmanageable in new places, you can safely assume that there is some damage. In this case you could come to our salon to fix your damaged hair.