The Dangers of Heat
Heat plays an important role in hairstyling. You need it to speed up dry time after you've washed and conditioned, and it's the best way to create curls and waves and smooth hair into straight styles. But for all its benefits, heat from thermal styling tools
has one big drawback -- it can damage your hair. When you use a thermal styling tool, the heat causes moisture from the strands to evaporate, and over time this can leave locks severely parched. Dry hair becomes more difficult to style, loses its silky texture and is more prone to breakage.
A Must-Have for Thermal Styling
Most people can't afford to forgo the use of thermal styling tools in order to protect their hair from heat, so the makers of professional hair care products offer formulas that help to reduce the risk of damage. Called heat protection styling aids, these products work by sealing the hair strands. The seal acts like a moisture barrier, limiting how much evaporation occurs when you blow-dry, flat iron or curl your hair. When used consistently, heat protection products can help to keep hair healthy and allow damaged hair to begin to recover from the effects of thermal styling. As a result, most professional stylists strongly recommend them to clients.
Beyond Basic Protection
Some salon quality heat protection styling aids provide added benefits for the tresses. Products may improve hair's luster, leaving damaged tresses looking shinier and sleeker, or they may deposit proteins that strengthen and repair damage along the outer coverings of the strands. You can also find heat protection sprays that double as hairsprays to hold styles in place.
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