Can You Stand The Heat?
If you never, ever apply heat of any kind (direct or indirect) to your hair then this post is not for you. However if you are like most of us and use dryers, curling/flat irons or other hot tools please read on as I list the products I suggest using to protect your hair from the heat. A lot of the popular hair styles we see today are achieved with hot tools. With the right regimen and products you will get the hot styles while keeping your hair cool and not suffering the damaging effects of hot tools.
For all hot tool users; from shampoo and conditioner to finishing products, I recommend products that are specifically designed for thermal protection. Personally I like to cocktail several products however your personal cocktail should be based on your hair type, the amount of curl your hair has, chemical services (color, bleach, relaxer, perm) and texture (fine, medium, course). An example: if you have fine, highlighted hair I would recommend Thermafuse Volume sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, Thermafuse Straight & Thermafuse Boost Thickening Spray and a small amount (one pump) of Theremafuse Heatsmart Serum Dry Oil Treatment applied to damp hair blow dry and style. For relaxed or curly/kinky ethnic hair: after a wash and condition with Thermafuse Heatsmart shampoo and conditioner. I would apply a cocktail of Thermafuse’s Straight, Hot Armor, and Heatsmart serum to damp hair, blow dry and flat iron then I would finish with Alterna’s Bamboo Smoother Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist.
Some things to remember and tips: use hot tools that have adjustable heat settings rather than just on/off, so that you can adjust temperature according to your hair type and condition. Know and follow the directions of the products you are using i.e is it applied on wet or dry hair? Do not use “hair spray” with your hot tools. For setting your hot tool curls, waves ect, use Hot Sprays, like Kenra Hot Spray, Paul Mitchell Hot off the Press or Nairobi ShapenHold. When touching up you flat iron between washes and any time you apply heat to your hair after the initial flat iron; first spay hair with Paul Mitchell Hot off the Press or Nairobi ShapenHold. All hair types: At night put hair in loose pony with cloth scrunchee or band (or wrap, or pin curls, or sponge rollers ect) and wrap with satin cloth. Ethnic hair at night follow my previous suggestion however first mist on some Kendi Oil. If you don’t want to wear the satin cloth or bonnet to sleep at the very least get a satin pillow case. This one tip can save your hair from brakeage. Deep condition 1-2 times a month with a protein deep conditioner/reconstructor (Follow reconstructor directions. Use may be every six weeks or so. Over use may result in breakage) immediately followed up with a moisturizing conditioner.
if you are the occasional hot tool user or you are addicted to heat, the focus of your hair products should be protection from heat. If you have specific question about your hair regimen book a free consultation at www.freshmane.genbook.com.