6. Opt for Heat-Free, Low-Tension Hairstyles
Scaling back on heat styling is crucial for your heat damaged hair, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on frizz-free locks. Simply embrace heat-free coiffing with the styling products above. Apply your chosen oil, lotion or balm through the mid-lengths and ends of hair, then twist into a low, loose bun or braid for waves, or plop your hair overnight to boost the shape of your curls. The goal is to air-dry your hair with a low-tension style, so your strands won’t snap. That means making sure any braids or twists you create aren’t pulling on those fragile lengths. The type of ties and clips you use for these styles is important too, so reach for soft, silky scrunchies, scarves and even pillowcases, which will be gentler than elastics and cotton.
7. Protect From Future Heat Damage
While the steps above will help to rehydrate heat damaged curls, waves, and straight hair, they can only be truly effective if you’re safeguarding strands from future harm. And, unless you plan to leave your hairdryer and hot tools behind for good, this means a heat protection spray is essential in your kit. Try EIMI Thermal Image, which shields locks from up to 220 degrees celsius, all while boosting shine in a weightless mist. This should be the last product you apply before you turn up the heat, so make sure you’re spraying it after any serums, oils, or balms.