How to Straighten Your Hair Without Damaging It

Flat-ironed hair doesn't have to be dry, frizzy, split, and broken. Here's how to achieve straight hair that's blissfully damage-free.

Think healthy hair means resigning yourself to going au naturel? Think again. You can have straight locks that shimmer with glassy shine. There's no need to resign yourself to split ends or constantly trim away damage. The key to perfectly styled AND healthy hair is moderation coupled with a few simple products.

How to Straighten Your Hair Without Damaging It

Invest in a Quality Straightener

We get it—really. No one wants to shell out half a week's paycheck for a straightening iron. Think of it this way: you probably spend a tidy sum every few months on your cut and colour. If your hair is damaged, you'll spend even more on salon treatments and home conditioners.

Damaged hair costs more time and money than even the priciest straightener. So don't focus on the price tag. Consider the value an excellent straightener offers over time, and start saving!

So what's the deal with straightener prices? When you invest in a quality straightener, you're paying for two hair-protecting factors: quality materials and more control over the temperature.

Quality materials such as ceramic and titanium heat up more evenly, ensuring a longer-lasting style that won't break your hair. Quality straighteners typically allow you more control over the temperature, which enables you to select the lowest possible heat for your hair type.

For an adaptable straightener that auto-adjusts temperature, consider Cloud Nine C9 Wide Iron.


How to Straighten Your Hair Without Damaging It

Straighten Wisely and in Moderation

Unless you won the genetic lottery and have damage-proof hair, excessive straightening will inevitably cause breakage. Moderation is key here. Straighten your hair no more than once per day, and never use other heated stylers on the same day.

To further protect your hair, try these can't-miss tips:

  • Straighten the widest section of hair that you can. The smaller the hair section is, the more damage there will be. Heat can distribute itself more evenly across a wider section of hair.
  • Use only one swipe of the flat iron. If you need to go over your hair multiple times, you're using the wrong iron, applying too little heat, or straightening sections that are too large.
  • Straighten your hair as infrequently as possible. You can extend the life of your straight hair by shampooing every other day. Skipping a few shampoos allows your hair's natural oils to accumulate, offering a protective barrier. A dry shampoo such as Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Shampoo keeps your hair looking fresh between showers.

Choose the Right Products

A good thermal protectant provides a barrier between your hair and the straightener. We love ghd Heat Protect Spray.

A quality conditioner can also make a world of difference. To get the most out of your conditioner, try conditioning before you shampoo AND after. This protects your hair from harsh detergents and offers a double shot of moisture that seals even the frizziest hair. Regular conditioning can also increase the effectiveness of your straightening iron, since healthy hair is less likely to be frizzy.

For a weekly supplement to your regular conditioning routine, try an intensive treatment such as Shu Uemura Silk Bloom.


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