The right hair straightener creates lush, shiny tresses with just a few flicks of your wrist. But straight-hair addicts are often presented with an impossible conundrum.
Daily use of a straightener can damage your hair, particularly if—like many straightener addicts—your hair is already coarse and dry. The heat dries out your hair, making it more vulnerable to split ends and breakage. The more heat you use, and the more frequently you use it, the worse the damage will be.
Does this mean you have to give up on stick-straight locks and shine for days? Or that you have to choose between a texture you love and healthy hair? Not a chance.
Straight, healthy hair doesn't require any magic, and you don't need the blessings of the hair gods. Instead, follow these simple tips to minimise straightener-related hair damage.
Choose the Right Straightener
When it comes to hair straighteners, you get what you pay for. The one you bought at the grocer's might have had an appealing price tag. But inexpensive straighteners often heat up unevenly, necessitating repeated swipes and excessive exposure to heat.
Some straighteners also overheat, increasing damage to your hair. Poorly designed appliances can even snag strands of hair, causing breakage and hair loss.
Want a better experience? Look for a straightener with an adjustable heat setting, then use the lowest heat required to produce the results you want. Cloud Nine C9 Iron - Hair Straightener and Styling Iron has adjustable settings to ensure a safe temperature each time you style.
If you want to know more about GHD and Cloud 9 hair straighteners, be sure to read our BeautyIQ article What’s the Difference Between GHD and Cloud Nine?
Don't Overdo It
We get it; you want straight hair each and every day. That doesn't mean you have to hit the heat every morning. If your hair is thick, coarse, or curly, you probably don't need to wash every day.
Switching to an every-other-day shampoo approach helps maintain your hair's natural oils—the same oils that heat and styling products can sap. You'll have more time in the morning, and you'll have to straighten less frequently, offering your hair a much-needed break from high heat.
Extend the life of your style by using a straightening product such as evo easy tiger smoothing balm, Kevin.Murphy Smooth Again and ELEVEN Smooth & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum. Then cover your hair with a silk scarf at night to prevent bed head and preserve your style. Resist the urge to put your hair into a ponytail overnight, since doing so can leave it bumpy.
Use the Right Heat Protectant
One of the simplest ways to reduce the damage of heat styling is to apply a thermal protectant before you straighten. These genius products create a barrier between your hair and the heat. Some are even activated by the heat from your straightener to infuse your hair with moisture. One of our favourite products is the ghd Unplugged Heat Protect Spray which will shield your hair from damaging heat.
Pamper Your Hair
Committing to straight hair means you must also commit to a hair-friendly treatment regimen. To protect your hair:
• Use only one heat appliance a day. Don't straighten your hair right after you blow it dry, or straighten your hair in the morning and use hot rollers at night.
• Invest in a high-quality hair conditioner and use it every time you shampoo.
• Keep your shower temperature as low as you can tolerate, since hot water can damage your hair. Consider popping a shower cap over your hair while your conditioner sinks in.