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How to Prevent Heat Damage

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We all want beautiful, healthy looking hair, but many of us forget to take measures to protect it before causing heat damage – which we all know is difficult to heal!

Your hair goes through so much in one day; it endures you pulling it about as you style it in the morning, the sun, wind and air conditioning… when you add heat styling to the mix it has no chance. Many of us consider heat styling a must, so we’re here to teach you the basics of protecting your locks so that you can avoid heat damage.

 

Protection and Prevention

Use protection! It’s so much easier for you to prevent damage than it is to try and fix it. You’ll be kicking yourself if you don’t change your habits now. As you apply heat tools to your hair, it strips your natural oils and dries out your hair.

You can easily prevent this by using a heat protection serum, the benefit of this is it gives the heat tool something to cut through before it gets to your natural oils, think of it like spraying water on your shirt before you iron it.

We recommend Kerastase Nectar Thermique, as it is great for all hair types and acts as a resurfacing, nourishing and protective cream.

 

Using your GHD Styler correctly

  • Make sure it’s hot: we know we’ve been saying heat damages your hair, but the reason why you want your tool hot is so you don’t have to keep going over it. Please use your instincts on this one, if your hair is fine then use a lower setting, if it’s thick then use a higher one.
  • Use a brush as you go: before you use any heat tool, brush the knots out of each section. This way you GHD will glide smoothly over the hair.
  • Let your hair cool down: after you’ve finished with your styling tool, let your hair cool down before you clip it up or put it in a pony tail. Cool air sets your hair!
  • Clean your flat iron: products transfer from your hair to your flat iron, creating a greasy build up and reducing its’ effectiveness. Make sure your GHD is turned off, and wipe it down with a clean, damp cloth.

 

Treat yourself

Keep your hair nourished and moisturised by using a good quality conditioner – it will prevent the brittleness and breakage that heat styling can cause.  And don’t skimp out either! Supermarket products give the appearance of healthy hair, as they contain chemicals that coat each strand to make it look shiny, but cheap conditioner does nothing for your hair.

If your hair is already damaged, then it’s best to use restorative products. We recommend the Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy collection for ultra damaged hair.

An in-salon treatment can also do wonders to strengthen and soften damaged hair. Try Kerastase Fusio Dose, or the Shu Uemura Instant Replenisher for best results.

 

For the scatter-brain

If you’re not the kind of person who can remember to apply a protective serum to your hair, then consider swapping to styling products that have built in heat protection. This way you don’t have to change your routine, just your products. We recommend the Couture Styling range by Kerastase – all of the green packaged products in this collection contain colour protective UV filters and heat-protective Xylose to protect your hair from sun and heat damage.

 

What if it’s too late?

If the damage is done and your hair is dry and brittle, you need to start using restorative hair care ASAP to build up the proteins in your hair.

We recommend the Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy collection for ultra damaged hair.  It is deeply nourishing, with Lotus infusion and Ceramide 1500 PPM technology to give hair strength and flexibility.

An in-salon treatment can also do wonders to strengthen and soften damaged hair. Try Kerastase Fusio Dose, or the Shu Uemura Instant Replenisher for best results.

To avoid further damage, take a break from heat tools and let it your hair air dry for a few weeks if possible.

 

As always, if you need further tips on how to protect your hair from heat damage, or would like a personalised haircare routine for repairing and preventing damage, speak to your Maurice Meade stylist. 

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