From flat irons, curlers, and everything in between, our hair endures a lot of heat in the styling process — especially if you do it regularly.
Sure, hot tools can leave your hair looking styled but over time, heat can do serious damage. In the end, we’re left with split ends, dryness, and breakage. Is it time to wave goodbye to our hot tools or are there steps we can take to minimize heat damage?
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9 Hacks to Curl Your Hair Everyday Without All the Damage
Read on to find 9 easy methods you can work into your everyday routine to get those voluminous locks without all the damage.
1. Make sure your hair is completely dry if you’re using a flat iron or curler.
You want to avoid that cringe-worthy sizzling sound your hair makes as your flat iron runs over it. Running a flat iron or curler over damp hair creates steam that causes bubbles to form in the hair fiber. This then creates a crack along the hair shaft. Once this reaches the cuticle of your strands, you’ll start seeing split ends.
2. Protect. Protect. Protect.
The more products used to protect your hair, the better it is for your hair. You want to start this protection right from the beginning. Consider using a heat protectant spray or serum before blow-drying your hair.
3. Lower your heat setting
We’re all tempted to crank up the temperature to the highest setting to get perfectly styled hair. While this may seem like it would create the perfect curl, it causes more harm than good. It’s always better to lower heat. But what’s the ideal heat setting?
Everyone’s hair is unique. There’s no magic heat number. As a rule of thumb, you can base the temperature setting on your hair texture. For thin hair, the temperature should be between 250-340 degrees, while for thick hair 300 – 350 degrees.
4. Keep it under 10 seconds
You should only hold your iron for eight to ten seconds to avoid over-frying your hair. If your hair is resistant to curls or you want a tighter wave, you may hold it a bit longer. But, you want to keep this as brief as possible while still maintaining the desired outcome.
5. Use the right plate
The world of flat iron plates can get confusing. Choosing the optimal plate for your hair can reduce the risk of hair damage. The most common flat irons are either tourmaline, ceramic, or titanium.
Tourmaline plates are suitable for most hair types and are the least damaging. Titanium plates are better for thicker hair because heat transfers fast and create immediate results. The ceramic plate is an all-rounder and suits any hair type. It glides easily through the hair and provides even heat.
Check out our article on the best curling iron to avoid hair damage!
6. Is your shampoo and conditioner sulfate-free?
Hair health starts in the shower. Customize both your shampoo and conditioner to your hair needs. This can range from dry, oil, brittle, colored, or heavily styled. Make sure the active ingredients in your products compliments your hair and helps lock in moisture.
Consider using a sulfate-free conditioner and shampoo. Sulphate-based shampoo and conditioners cleanse your strands without stripping their moisture. This helps reduce breakage and split ends. It’s especially important when using heat tools every day, which can further exacerbate the problem.
7. A bit of dirt never hurt
Dirty hair can hold a curl better than freshly washed hair. When your hair is clean, it’s often slippery to work with and can require more product and heat to get the desired result. Second-day hair is a little bit greasy and can help you achieve that curly look with less heat.
8. Allow curls time to set
Once you’ve created your curl, pin it up and blast it with a strong hair spray. Do not touch. If you feel your hand going up there, stop immediately and wait until your hair is cooled. This will help your curl set while requiring less heat.
9. Avoid curling it everyday
I know, I know. We’re supposed to be discussing how to curl your hair every day without damaging your hair.
But the truth is, using a tool on your hair every day can lead to damage. The key is to make your curls last a few days, so you don’t subject your hair to extreme heat every morning.
For still intact second-day curls, create smaller, tighter curls. This will give your curls time to unravel over several days, giving a different curl every morning.
Use hairspray… liberally. Don’t forget to wait for your curls to set before touching them.
Tips to heatless curls
If you’re ready to put down the heating tool, you can still have those beach waves without all the heat. There are certain things we can do that lend our hair to heatless curls. Get a proper cut and of course great styling products.
Depending on your hair texture this might be a leave conditioner or even a gel. A microfibre towel also goes a long way to locking in moisture to create frizz-free curls. Here are a couple of techniques.
Wear a Braid Overnight
One of the easiest ways to get waves is wearing a braid overnight. Start with slightly damp hair. Apply a leave-in conditioner. If you want tight waves, create a three-section braid, for loose waves, a rope braid.
Try to keep your sections tangle-free. When your hair is dry, remove the braids and apply some hair spray for hold.
Overnight Hair Curlers
A method that has tried the test of time. If our grandmas can do it, so can we.
First, get a set of hair rollers that you can sleep in. Start with damp hair and section into square-like pieces. Grab a curler and, using the bottom of your hair, begin rolling upwards. Secure the roller. The thicker the section you roll, the softer your curls get. Leave them in until your hair is dry and unravel.
Whatever type of curl you’re looking for, try to minimize the damage done to your hair. This will ensure your locks and glossy, frizz-free and bouncy.