Let's face it. We have a love/hate relationship with our beloved heat tools. On one hand, they help us achieve the locks of our dreams. On the other hand, they can be pretty damaging when not used properly. We all know and (not so) secretly love that video of the little girl melting her hair off. Don't let that be you!
Admit it, you just watched and you just laughed. But let's learn a lesson here...
While someone else's hair melting can be funny, it's never funny when it's your own hair! Let's break down what went wrong in the video and how to prevent it from happening to you!
1. The product she used claim to repair split ends in 3 uses or less. That likely means the product is wax based and is coating her cuticle to seal down and "repair" her ends. What happens when you heat up wax? It melts. We recommend using The Shield! It's lightweight, protects your strands, and won't coat your cuticle with wax! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
2. She left her hair on the wand for a really, really long time. So how do you know if your iron has been left on long enough? The best way to do this is to place your index finger on top of your hair that is wrapped around your heat tool, once you feel the heat from your hair, it's time to put down the iron. If the idea of placing your finger near your hot tool is making you cringe, it's likely because your tool is up too hot.
3. So how do I know if the tool is up too hot? If your tool is at the appropriate heat setting for your hair type, you should be able to place your index finger on top of your hair or near the iron with ease while waiting for your hair to heat up. Here's a quick cheat sheet to refer to when setting the temps on your tool:
FINE/COLOR TREATED HAIR: 300 DEGREES OR LOWER
MEDIUM/NORMAL TEXURE: 300-380 DEGREES OR LOWER
COARSE/UNRULY TEXTURE:350-400 DEGREES OR LOWER.
A few final heat tricks before we sign off: If you see a crease when you place the flat iron on your hair, it's too hot. The same goes for if you see steam coming from your iron! When using heat tools, it's best to remember that slow and steady wins the race!
If you are more of a visual learner, we will be live on Facebook talking about all of these topics and more this month!
See ya there,