We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite heat protectants and heat tools that get the job done with minimal hair damage.
We've rounded up 9 tried-and-true heat styling tools and heat protectants for curly hair that won't cause curl-disrupting heat damage.
community is the use of heat styling tools. Should you use them? If so, how often is too often? Most importantly, how can you protect your curls while using heat to change their shape? And then, once you get past the ‘should I?’ questions, you have to decide which tools to use. Are ceramic straighteners better than titanium? Are hot combs still a thing? Can type 4 hair rely on the increasingly popular straightening brush?
One thing you’ll need regardless of the heat styling tool you choose or how often you use it? A heat protectant. Adding a heat protectant to your routine can be the difference between healthy curls post-heat and a heat-induced disaster. It’s also important to remember that heat damage does not have a universal appearance; it can present itself as damage to the cuticle layer (probably the most noticeable sign, resulting in the appearance of dry and dull hair), to the denaturing of hair proteins (hair protein is the magical component that gives hair its elasticity, strength and volume), to the loss of hair lipids and amino acids, which are crucial for moisture retention in the hair, and even loss of pigment in coloured hair. So while heat can be certainly be bad for hair, especially curls, damage
ispreventable.Some of the ingredients to look for in a heat protectant that can help to combat heat damage are glycerin, propylene glycol, and silicone. Yes, really! When combating heat damage, silicones — which are often unfairly vilified — actually assist in keeping hair healthy because they slow down the rate that your hair absorbs and transfers heat. headtopics.com
Now onto to the meat and potatoes of heat styling. Anyone with textured hair should look for a straightener thats heat up quickly and most importantly, evenly, so that each section of your hair gets the same amount of heat, therefore allowing you to adhere to the “one pass” rule rather than going over the same section of hair over and over again, resulting in more heat damage. These types of straighteners tend to be made with titanium plates and have built-in heat regulators, so they get appropriately hot but never hotter than they need to in order to do their job. Hot tools with wider plates can also be beneficial because of their ability to cover more surface area in one pass.
We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite heat protectants and heat tools that get the job done with minimal hair damage.Amika Blockade Heat Defense SerumAmika Blockade Heat Defense Serum, $33, sephora.caTheAmika Blockade Heat Defense Serumis a great option if you’re in the market for a vegan and cruelty-free heat protectant. Also free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates and artificial colours, this lightweight serum is enriched with vitamin-rich sea buckthorn berry, which contains vitamin C and A, antioxidants, as well as healthy omega fatty acids to help replace any moisture you may have lost through the straightening process.
Moroccanoil Perfect Defense SprayMoroccanoil Perfect Defense, $32, sephora.caIf you’re looking for a product to use in addition to some of the others in your rotation, thespray is a safe bet. Infused with argan oil, which is jam-packed with essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin E, the lightweight spray makes it the perfect layering option.
T3 Lucea ID 1-inch Smart Straightening and Styling IronT3 Lucea ID 1-inch Smart Straightening and Styling Iron, $235, NordstromThanks to HeatID technology, you can actually adjust the heat temperature of theT3 Lucea 1D 1-inch Smart Straightening & Styling Iron headtopics.com
according to a customized profile based on the texture and length of your hair. There’s even an option for colour-treated hair. With a refresh mode that reduces heat when you’re just touching up previously styled tresses, this truly is the straightener that can do it all.
Drybar The Tiny Tress Press 1-Inch Straightening IronDrybar The Tiny Tress Press 1-Inch Straightening Iron, $195, NordstromThisstraightenermay be tiny but it sure is mighty. At only an inch wide, this is a great option for getting close to curly roots, baby hairs, those fragile hairs at the nape of your neck, or just short hair in general. Titanium technology allows it to seal heat into the cuticle for less frizz and leave hair straight and shiny.
Dyson Corrale StraightenerDyson Corrale Straightener, $649, dyson.caNot shopping on a budget? Well, no hair tool round-up would be complete without a Dyson. The plates of theCorralestraightener actually flex in order to mold to the exact shape of your hair, which makes it a great investment piece for someone with textured hair. It’s made with copper plates (known for evenly conducting heat) and features three heat settings to best suit your hair type, as well as heat control that regulates the temperature of the plates 100 times a second (!!) to ensure that you never go over your chosen heat temperature. Did we mention it’s also cordless and automatically turns off after 10 minutes of inactivity, so you never have to worry about whether or not you left your straightener on? Groundbreaking.
ghd Platinum+ Professional Performance 1″ Stylerghd Platinum+ Professional Performance 1″ Styler, $299, sephora.caEver wondered what it would be like to have a straightener that can predict the future? Look no further, theghd platinum+ Professional Performance 1″ Styler headtopics.com
is the answer. Kind of. This flat iron uses predictive technology, which can recognize the thickness of your hair and the speed at which you’re styling it, to adapt the heat of its plates accordingly. This means that you get the perfect amount of heat every time, giving you a sleek look with fewer passes and in less time. It only takes 20 seconds for this hot tool to reach its maximum temperature of 365 degrees.
HSI Glider Ceramic Flat IronHSI Glider Flat Iron, $151, walmart.caIf you’ve ever been to the salon to get your curls straightened, chances are at one point or another you’ve encountered anHSI Professionalstraightener. With a reputation for being durable, effective and made with ceramic plates (known for their ability to reach high temperatures), this straightener has an impressive range of 140 to 450 degrees. It’s also infused with tourmaline crystals that help to neutralize ions that can cause static and frizz.
Gold N Hot Professional Styling CombGold N Hot Professional Styling Comb, $58, amazon.caWe know you’ve heard the horrifying stories about hot combs. From possible burns on your ears and neck to irreparable heat damage to your hair, they don’t exactly have a glowing reputation. However, when paired with the right heat protectant, and used in moderation
andby someone who truly knows what they’re doing, hot combs can actually leave your hair silky smooth and super straight. If you choose to go down this road, we suggest using one like thethat has a multi-temperature regulator, so you can decide which temperature you want to use.
Drybar The Single Shot Blow-Dryer BrushDrybar The Single Shot Blow-Dryer Brush, $198, sephora.caIf there’s one thing we can trust Drybar with, it’s a good blowout — every time. TheirSingle Shot Round Blow-Dryer Brushcombines a round brush with hot air in order to give you a smooth and sleek blowout. For those with curly hair, we suggest detangling and sectioning hair off before giving this a go. You can also choose between three different heat settings to ensure that whatever your hair type, you’re getting the right amount of heat. Hot tip: For type 4 hair, it might be best to do a rough blow dry before using the brush to ensure that you get the smoothest results.Read more: FASHION Magazine »
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