We’re well into the COVID-19 pandemic and most of us are still working from home, spending more time in sweat pants than we care to admit, and doing our hair and makeup less frequently than ever before.
For those of us not putting on makeup every day, we’ve seen a profound effect on our skin. It’s as soft as a baby’s bottom! In addition to less makeup, using heat tools on our hair less frequently has done wonders. But does reducing heat tool usage give you the silky smooth hair we had prior to using a hair straightener?
What is heat damage?
Using heat tools on your hair day in and day out can be extremely damaging to your hair. But what EXACTLY is heat damage? When using heat tools at too high of a temperature comprises the hair’s natural texture. It can make you shed more, you can have more breakage, and your hair just doesn’t feel as soft.
Will not using heat tools for a few months transform my hair?
While we wish that all of the damage you’ve done to your hair thanks to your BFF the curling iron or straightener could be undone in just a few months, is very unlikely. But over time, as you continue to use your heat tools on your hair less and less, you will start to notice a difference in its texture, strength, and shine.
Tips for keeping your hair healthy
While the minimization of using heat tools on your hair is really great, there are additional steps you can take in order to keep your hair healthy. Two of our biggest recommendations are to use a heat protectant product and to deep condition regularly.
A deep conditioner will give your hair the moisture it needs while also helping o prevent breakage as it repairs damage. Hydrating shampoo and conditioner are also really beneficial to use on a daily basis.
And don’t forget to get a hair cut every 2-3 months to trim away dead ends to keep the hair hydrated and supple.
Preventing heat damage
Heat damage to your hair is permanent but there are ways to reduce further damage. Always use a heat protectant before using heat tools and try avoiding using heat tools whenever necessary. When you do use these tools, make sure to turn the temperature down.