Using heat to style your hair isn’t new. It goes back to at least the late 19th century and might actually originate considerably before that. Lets look at some of the questions from Heat Damage from Styling your Hair
One of the most commonly encountered questions in this area is “can you suffer heat damage from styling your hair”. Let’s consider the answer.
Questions on Heat Damage from Styling your Hair
Can you damage your hair with heat styling?
A simple and direct answer is “yes”. It’s perfectly possible to do so – if you’re careless or don’t know what you’re doing”.
However, for an experienced and well-trained stylist using modern equipment, damage should not happen.
Hair and heat
Different authorities tend to quote different figures. Here we’ll use general averages.
At around 200C, your hair will probably start to sustain heat damage. That is typically to the cuticle and its keratin, which protects a hair’s inner core.
What this results in might depend upon your hair type and genetics but typically you’ll see signs of damage including:
- split ends;
- lack of shine;
- increased tendency to tangle;
- hair breaking and falling (this is usually associated with frizzing).
Many heated tongs and flat irons operate at a temperature of around 230-250C at their highest settings and that means there is an excellent chance of damage occurring.
Hairdryers are different and a perennially controversial subject. Most experts agree that although they operate at a lower temperature than tongs, they too MAY cause damage if misused.
In the specific case of hair dryers, you should be able to reduce or even eliminate the possibility of damage by:
- never using the highest temperature setting;
- stopping (or moving further away) if the temperature on your scalp is too hot for comfort;
- patting your hair gently to remove most of the moisture before drying;
- using one of the many hair protection preparations prior to applying the dryer.
In the case of tongs and irons, the advice is similar:
- only use those that have a firm and clear temperature control;
- don’t penny-pinch in your selection of model;
- never turn them up to ‘max’ in the mistaken belief you’ll get better results the hotter the temperature;
- consult with an expert stylist in advance for advice or entrust your use of these tools to them as professionals.
Can damaged hair be repaired?
Broadly speaking, no it can’t.
There are some products and styling techniques that might help from a cosmetic viewpoint but on the whole, the only solution is to cut away the damaged hair. The more you have misused styling appliances, the more hair you’ll need to cut to restore an acceptable appearance.
Other things to remember about heat
Some products you might use on your hair react badly with heat and can create entirely new classes of products that you really don’t want on your hair or scalp.
This involves some chemistry and is too complex to discuss in detail here, so do take advice from a hairstyling specialist in advance before deciding to use certain products with a hairdryer.
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