So, heat is one of the essential styling tools most of us use for styling our hair every day. Curling, straightening, drying!!
We often don’t realise the damage we are causing to our hair! It is almost impossible to avoid using heat for styling but trying to keep it to a minimal can help.
Is you hair shedding??
Shedding is a natural process, on average a person loses about 50-100 hairs on a daily basis, however if your hair is shedding more than usual it could be down to heat damage!
Do you have split ends??
Everyone gets split ends once in a while, on average split ends should be trimmed every 6-12 weeks (depending on heat and chemical damage). If split ends are appearing sooner rather than later it could be down to heat damage.
Curls gone Crazy??
If you have curly hair and use heat on a regular basis, your curls may become lifeless, frizzy, limp and uncooperative!
Is your hair porous??
This is a problem for those of us that colour our hair! If the hair is porous you colour may grab and go too dark or not take at all!
TEST- Put a strand of your hair into water, if the strand sinks immediately instead of floating for some time, it’s excessively porous.
No shine or lustre??
The loss of lustre in your hair is the first sign of heat damage. After Hair is washed it should become shinier than before.
If no matter how many conditioners and leave in products you use your hair is still dry, you are waaaay over using heat.
No more elasticity??
Healthy hair is elastic. When you pull on Hair it can stretch a little until it breaks. If you try pulling on your hair and it breaks immediately it suffers from lack of moisture and nutrients which over heating took away from it!
If your hair is getting knotty and tangled on a regular basis, it is most likely due to the hair being heat damaged and dry.
Pay attention to these signs, if your hair is already suffering multiple symptoms of heat damage, seek the advice of your hair care professional, and they can recommend the right path for you.
Some information I can help you with!!
-Get a good trim!! Those split ends need to be cut off, bite the bullet!! Ring your hairdresser now and book a haircut!
-Reduce hot tool usage. I know it’s hard, but put the straightener down! It’s not doing your hair any favours.
-Styling products. Use a leave in conditioner or treatment if you can, use serum when hair is dry, avoid hairspray if you can.
-Shampoo and Conditioner. You’ll need a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner specifically for heat damaged hair.(again speak to your hairdresser) Avoid shampoos that contain sodium laurel or laureth sulfates as these ingredients cant strip the hair of its natural protective oils.
Shampoo your hair no more than twice weekly if you can and rinse your conditioner with cool water to help close the cuticles.
Bring out the Big Guns!!
You WILL HAVE TO start using a treatment mask.
These are used once weekly and start repairing the hair from the inside out.
Some home treatments I recommend are
Olaplex step 3.
Joico lustre lock
And joico kpak reconstructor
In salon treatments we use in Hemera are olaplex step one and two, the stand alone treatment using both steps takes 15 mins and costs €15, and we do olaplex express which is step two for €5.
And our Kpak four step treatment system, which consists of Cleansing shampoo, Cuticle sealer, Reconstructor and Hydrator. This treatment takes 15/20 mins and is €15.
I have two detailed Blog posts coming on the take home treatment masks and the in salon treatments. They will give you the skinny on all you need to know!
Also next week I have a fun blog post experimenting and showing you all how to make you’re curls last four days!! We will curl the hair Tuesday and document what we do with it until Friday!!
Thanks so much for reading, hope this helped!
Much Love <3