How to Protect Against Heat Styling Damage

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

Read our handy guide to getting the best from your heat styling without frazzling your tresses.

We know that there are certain hairdos that can only ever be achieved with an element of heat. But then, heat can be equally damaging to your delicate hair. To build a bridge and find a balance between using heat to achieve great hairstyles without really compromising the integrity of your hair’s health, we have put together a list of tips to help you protect your hair from heat damage. 

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Invest in good heat tools 

The kind of heat equipment that you use for your hair styling can have a huge impact on how well your hair makes it through heat procedures. Use tools whose heat can be regulated via adjustable temperature controls and have one pass technology. They may be more expensive but they are definitely way better than having your beautiful hair damaged by heat. 

Purchase irons made of ceramic, tourmaline and titanium. They heat evenly and do the least damage to your hair. Do not buy those simply coated with either of the three aforementioned materials or irons made of metal. They will burn your hair.  

Also, ensure that you use the correct size of iron.


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Use heat protectants 

Dry your hair completely before applying heat protectants. Air-drying is the best way to achieve this to avoid double doses of heat in a single sitting. 

No matter how well regulated your flat irons or blow dryers are, use a heat protectant to protect your hair from heat damage.  

Heat protectants are available in sprays and as oils. You should never use the spray if your heat procedure involves flat irons. Aqueous sprays contain water which may weaken hair temporarily. Using a flat iron on hair protected with an aqueous spray heat protectant will most likely get your hair burnt. Use heat protectant sprays with blow dryers instead. Heat protectant oils are great for protecting hair when the heating tool involved is a flat iron. 

Make sure to heat hair in sections for even better results and less heat damage. 

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Repair whatever heat damage that might have been done to your hair 

You should do this by: 

  • Deep conditioning your hair after shampooing

It is important to use a moisturizing shampoo to wash your hair after heat procedures have been done. This should be followed immediately by deep conditioning treatments which is a great way to replenish your hair’s moisture and nutrients.  

  • Conserve your hair’s moisture using organic sealants

Hot tools are capable of stripping your hair of moisture and that can be a high-risk factor for breakage. Use an organic hair sealant to lock in moisture in your scalp and to protect your hair strands. 

  • Trim your hair regularly 

Heat splits your hair ends faster than they typically would. To protect your hair from possible heat damage, trim your hair at least once in 3 – 4 months in order to prevent hair breakage and to keep your hair healthy. 


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Remember to go low on the heat 

No matter how beautiful heat processed hairdos may be, it is essential to limit the rate at which your hair is exposed to heat. Use the lowest heat settings available on your tools and avoid concentrating the heat on one part of your hair for any length of time. 


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Hollie Shirley
Hair & Skincare Editor

Hollie Shirley is SILKUP’s hair and skincare editor. She’s obsessed with all things hair care and results-driven skincare, that is kind to the environment and your wallet. She has a weakness for limited edition eyeshadows and is always testing out the newest and greatest deep conditioners. Hollie has a passion for hair and is studying Trichology, working towards becoming a Member of the Association of Registered Trichologists.