Today’s post focuses on 5 ways to avoid heat damage during a salon visit!
Discuss Expectations with Stylist
I recently met with a new stylist to discuss my hair care goals, needs and expectations. During the conversation, we talked heat usage and heat damage. She informed she does not use high heat and discussed products (heat protectant) and technique (medium heat) used to ensure hair is properly protected. I was pleased with the direction of our discussion and the products used (KeraCare and Paul Mitchell).
If you’re visiting with a new hairstylist, you too should discuss expectations. If you’ve been frequenting your current salon for a while, it’s never too late to have this conversation. Hair care needs change all the time, thus you can use the excuse of desiring something different as a way to broach the subject.
Prepare Hair for Heat
Heat can be very drying to the hair. Therefore, I do a protein treatment and deep conditioning treatment a few days before my salon visit. The protein treatment gives the hair strength and the deep conditioning treatment provides the hair with moisture. Both treatments help combat the drying effects of heat usage. Arriving to the salon with my hair resilient yet moisturized lessens the impact of manipulation and heat usage.
Use Heat Protectant
Whether flat ironing your hair at home or relying on a professional, heat protectants are a must. They create a barrier between your hair and the heat appliance which is necessary to minimize the potential for heat damage.
Chi Silk Infusion and Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum are the best heat protectants that I’ve tried. They nicely coat the hair, give the hair shine, and keep moisture from reaching the hair shaft which keeps reversion to a minimum.
Limit Heat Exposure
Using direct heat excessively can be detrimental to the health of your hair. I recommend using heat no more than once a week.
Avoid Heat Damage
If you’re flat ironing your hair at home, make sure you’re using the correct temperature for your hair. Hair begins to burn around 450! When visiting a salon, don’t be afraid to inquire what temperature heat is being used on your hair. After all, it’s your hair. I use to be shy and timid about what I desire but no more. Speak up in a respectful manner and let your expectations be known.