Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Preventing Dry, Brittle, Dull Hair

by Melissa White
Licensed Hair Stylist
Certified Hair Extension Artist

You wouldn't ever think of sticking your hand on a hot stove, or your head in a hot oven. You simply wouldn't want to damage your skin by doing either of these. But, its amazing that we just don't think of the damage we do to our hair every time we blow dry or use curling irons or flat irons on our hair.

You wouldn't stick your hand on this!
Your hair is basically made up of proteins and moisture. Every time you apply any type of heat to your hair, it removes that moisture and the luster and shine. Some women use heat appliances on a daily basis and are at extreme risk of damaging their hair. But, many don't know that even infrequent use of blow dryers, flat irons and heated curlers can cause dull, dry, brittle and frizzy hair.

While proper use of hair styling equipment can minimize damage, there are also great products designed to help protect your hair when you use them. They generally work when a light coating is applied over clean hair. The products seal your hair cuticle, helping to form a barrier between your hair and the direct heat. Some people refer to these protectants as the sunscreen equivalent to your hair.

There are many heat protectant products available, and like most haircare products, you need to consider the type of hair you have, your preferred hairstyle, as well as the type of styling equipment you use to achieve that style. Some products give hold, others don't. Some require application on dry hair, others are applied to wet hair. Some are even specially formulated for color treated hair.

I believe it is best to check with your stylist for recommended products, after all, he/she knows your hair best. While all products are designed to work, you want to invest in only those that will work for you.
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