Yes, blow-dryers, curling irons and straighteners are mandatory when creating fashionable hairstyles, but these heat-styling tools can be harmful to your strands. Deep-fried locks aren’t cute, people! Follow these five basic heat-protecting tips for smart, sexy summer hair.
1 Don’t use heat-styling tools every day.
…Only when necessary. Heat drains your hair of its natural oils, leaving it deprived of moisture. If split ends are giving you trouble, maybe wind down on the heat styling; they’re usually an indication of heat damage.
So how often can you use heat-styling tools without damaging your hair?
International hairstylist and makeup artist Mary Gouveia (IG: @mary_quite_contrary1) suggests limiting your use of flatirons and blow-dryers to three times a week – but this may vary according to your lifestyle as well as the texture and length of your hair.
Mary’s go-to thermal protector? GHD Heat Protect Spray (R210).
2 Section your hair.
Instead of blow-drying all your hair at once, divide it into sections. This will help you avoid drying the same strands repeatedly and potentially overheating them.
3 Choose your tools wisely.
Ditch those cheap-y devices and rather invest in professional heat styling tools. Consider GHD’s ground-breaking Platinum Styler – a flatiron that features ‘intelligent tri-zone technology’ (Ghdhair.com/za), which enables the sensors in each plate to determine and deliver the perfect amount of heat for your specific hair texture. The GHD Platinum not only heats up much faster than non-professional flatirons but its heating temperature also remains constant during use. As a result it does its job much faster, so your hair isn’t exposed to extreme heat for prolonged periods.
- GHD Platinum Styler (R2 999).
4 Always apply a heat protectant.
These create a protective barrier around your stands, ensuring they’re undamaged once your heat-styling routine is complete. Choose heat-protecting formulas that also detangle and provide glistening shine so you get maximum hair benefits.
Add to Your Stash…
- GARNIER Ultimate Blends The Sleek Perfector Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter Oil Spray (R150).
- LABEL.M Heat Protection Spray (R301).
- HASK Repair That Hair Leave In Spray (R150).
5 Don’t forget the anti-frizz.
A good anti-frizz cream or serum will subside troublesome flyaways and keep your hair looking sleek for much longer.
- JOHN FRIEDA Frizz Ease Perfect Finish Polishing Serum (R110 at Clicks).