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Winter is just around the corner, and along with cooler temperatures comes the excitement of holiday parties, gift exchanges, family time, and added damage to your hair. The holiday months tend to cause additional stress to your hair as you spend hours washing, blowdrying, straightening, and curling it for your next big event. If you are like us and want to get ahead of your dry hair this season, you’ve come to the right place. Our stylists at the Z Hair Academy cosmetology school in Overland Park have provided some of our favorite tips for protecting your hair from heat styling this season. Check them out below!
Depending on how dry and damaged your hair is, it may be beneficial to plan a maintenance day and use a hair mask or deep conditioning treatment at home. Not only will this ensure that your hair is moisturized and healthy, but it will help get your hair ready for any color changes you may be planning! Our stylists at the Z Hair Academy cosmetology school in Overland Park suggest applying a moisturizing cream mask once a week while you’re in the shower. This will help strengthen your strands and promote healthy and beautiful hair!
We are hair enthusiasts, too, so we understand it’s nearly impossible to eliminate heat styling tools from your daily routine! While heat stylers are tough on your hair, setting your styling tools to lower temperatures can help prevent breakage and split ends while allowing you to achieve the look you want. To minimize the effects of heat damage, try to stay under 200 degrees Fahrenheit when curling or straightening your hair. If you are blessed with thick and luscious locks and require higher temperatures for your desired look, keep your tools between 200 and 300 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid additional and unnecessary damage.
The easiest thing you can practice to eliminate additional damage and breakage when using heat styling tools is spraying a heat protectant onto your hair before styling. While this may seem obvious to some, many do not realize the added benefits of heat protectant sprays. Just like you would apply sunscreen before spending a day under the summer sun, you should religiously apply heat protectant spray any time you are using hot styling tools. Our stylists recommend the Joico Heat Hero Thermal Protectant Spray to help fortify your strands and lock out hair-dulling pollutants.
If you have the funds available, investing in professional heat styling tools can make a world of difference in the overall health of your hair, especially if you are a regular hot tools user. Consider purchasing a professional styling tool that heats up automatically to a hair-safe temperature and promotes color intensity. Check out some of the best hair styling tools of 2021 to find a tool that works best for you!
On the days you can get away without using a curling iron or straightener, try experimenting with some new heatless hairstyles to give your hair a chance to breathe. Whether you decide to rock your natural curls, attempt a messy fishtail braid, or use a low-hanging claw clip, there are many easy and gorgeous hairstyles that don’t require heat! Treat yourself to some new scrunchies and hair accessories, and make sure to keep around some light-hold hairspray for additional control.
The best way to ensure your hair stays healthy is to schedule routine salon visits with your favorite stylist. Our stylists at the Z Hair Academy recommend checking in with a professional every three months to keep track of any persistent hair damage and receive the proper maintenance your hair requires, such as trimming split ends, updating your color, and receiving protein treatments to boost your hair health!
Whether you would like to visit our student salon within the Z Hair Academy cosmetology school in Overland Park or are interested in pursuing a career in hair, we want to talk to you! Contact our cosmetology school in Overland Park or one of our three other locations. We look forward to speaking with you!
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