You can twist it, cut it, pull it up into a perfectly coiffed bun, or let it fall freely along your neck and shoulders. Hair can look beautiful when it is well managed and groomed into a trendy hairstyle, but it can also become unhealthy if your styling techniques aren’t safe to use in the long run. Flat irons and heat-based styling tools should only be used with heat protectant serum and on the lowest possible setting if you don’t want split ends. Pulling your hair into a bun can also help to protect your ends, but you don’t want to develop traction alopecia as a result of pulling your strands too tightly. In addition to using a vibrating flat iron, you may want to reinforce your locks with a protein treatment and start cleaning your scalp with a clarifying shampoo. Here are three things that can be done to protect your hair so that all of your hairstyles look perfect.
1. Start with a Clean Scalp
When you use any type of product on your hair it is going to leave some type of residue behind. Caked up hair styling product residue may even end up on your scalp. If you have ever tried to pull your hair into a ponytail but your tresses looked limp or your scalp looked greasy when you were done, there is likely a build-up of products leftover in your hair. Even if you use shampoo to vigorously clean your mane there might still be residue left on each strand when you get done. Try a clarifying shampoo so that you’re able to make your hairstyles neater and keep your locks healthier.
2. Deep Condition Your Tresses
Many people don’t know that hair needs to be moisturized from inside and out in order to stay strong and healthy. If you just dab on a bit of conditioner while you’re in the shower and wash it out after a minute or two, your hair could be missing a vital element. Begin deep conditioning your hair at least once per week on a day that you have a few extra hours to dedicate to nourishing your hair. You can wear a conditioner cap to keep your tresses properly heated or even sit under a hooded dryer for at least 30 minutes. It will only take a few sessions before you’ll see your hairstyles coming out much more nicely.
3. Use Quality Styling Tools
Although most women have at least one hair dryer, a flat iron, and a curling iron, it is more likely that you’ve got an entire bathroom drawer filled with various combs, brushes, and other hair styling tools. While variety is the spice of life, you need to be selective about what tools you use to style your hair. Using high-quality flat irons and hair dryers on your hair will make your tresses easier to style while ensuring that they stay as healthy as possible.
Getting your hair to look great won’t matter much if your locks get dried out and matted in the interim. Always treat your hair with care when pulling off a complicated hairstyle and go to a professional if you have concerns about coloring or bleaching your hair. There’s also nothing with using a wig or hairpiece to simulate a particular style if you don’t want to leave your natural hair stressed out.