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Do you find your hair feels dry and lacks lustre after blow-drying? Are your curls not lasting as long as they used to? One of the main reasons why this would happen is simple: your hair is most likely damaged. To prevent this from happening, it's so important to use heat protectant on your hair before applying heat. In this week’s blog post we are sharing some effective and natural ways to protect your hair from heat styling.
In case you didn't know, natural oils behave very similarly to silicones at high temperatures by creating protective barriers around the hair cuticle. In other words, they perform miracles - both protecting your hair and preventing damage. Below are our top three best oils that you can pick up on your next trip to the grocery store that will help protect your hair from heat damage.
This gorgeous oil, available at most health food stores, has a very high smoke point. It can withstand high heat from hair straighteners, curlers, and blow dryers which means - perfect news for your hair! It will also finish off your hair with a beautiful style. Apply 4 - 6 drops evenly throughout your hair and style as normal.
Similar to grapeseed oil, almond oil also has a very high smoke point. It actually has a higher heat point than grapeseed oil, making it a perfect candidate for use with high heat tools. Besides providing great heat protection, this oil is very high in Vitamins E, D, B1, B2, B6 and A - which are all helpful nutrients that allow you to grow strong, healthy, and beautiful hair. We recommend to get the organic cold-pressed variety. Apply 2 - 3 drops evenly, comb through damp hair, and then dry and style to your desire.
Shea Butter is considered to be a great heat protectant because of it’s thermal conductivity. In other words, it creates a very even barrier around the hair, making it as good as popular chemical silicones like dimethicone. Look for the biological term “butyrospermum parkii (shea butter)” in the ingredients list of hair masks, finishing products, and blow-dry prep sprays. We promise - you won't be disappointed!
And finally, make sure to comb your hair thoroughly before styling. It might seem like common sense, however, brushing your hair and removing all knots means the styler can easily glide through the hair, minimizing damage.
So now that you have heat protection sorted, are you stuck for styles? We’ve got you covered! Check out these easy, big, sexy curls that are perfect for any occasion.