There's nothing more beautiful than running your fingers through that gorgeous silky sleekness you get with a hair straightener. But all that heat isn't the best ingredient for healthy hair, especially if straightening your hair is a daily habit rather than a once in a while treat.
So how you have the best of both worlds? Gorgeous straightened hair, minus the annoying heat damage that can suck out all the gloss and vibrancy and leave it looking like a frizzed up nightmare.
The most obvious thing to reach for to protect your strands is a heat repair shampoo and conditioner to fix the brittleness left over from heat.
Kiehl's does a beautiful Moringa Tree Oil infused repairing and rehydrating shampoo that is sulfate, silicone and paraben free and ideal for hair that's been styled with heat.
It's also worth investing in a good quality thermal protecting spray to apply just before you take the straighteners to your hair. Why not try Alterna Haircare's Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray to protect as well as smooth your hair while you straighten it. The spray provides a heat barrier up to 428 degrees and is made of fair-trade complaint and certified organic ingredients.
Bustle magazine suggests that regular users of straightening irons should use a restorative hair mask once a month. Their recommendation is the Hair Chemist Coconut Oil Deep Repair Masque which is a very budget friendly $9.99.
It's also good to pay attention to your heat settings as you may be using more heat than you need. According to the Huffington Post, normal hair should be ironed at 300-380 degrees, while coarse or extra curly hair should be straightened at 350-400 degrees. Their handy tip is to start on a low heat and increase as needed. With that in mind, it's good to read the label when you're buying a flat iron as some irons do not allow the temperature to be adjusted and may have an autosetting that is higher than what your hair needs.
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