Adding a soft curl to your hair, straightening your natural hair, and blow-drying your hair is something we all do. Heat styling is simple, quick, and leaves our hair looking beautiful, at least for the moment. But, as we all know, heat styling is really bad for your hair. While you may not be able to see the dead and burnt hair after the first styling or so, eventually you will notice how damaged your hair is and wish that you had laid off the styling a bit.

Heat styling is fun and can help you get the look you want. We aren’t going to tell you to never use curling irons and flat irons again, but we are going to give you some tips that can help you keep your hair healthier and reduce overall damage, even just a little bit.

Skip a Day

If you don’t need to heat style your hair, then don’t! Let your hair dry and wear it naturally. If you don’t like the look of your natural hair, then throw it in a ponytail or bun. Braid it while wet so that it dries in waves to give it a little extra body. By avoiding the heat styling tools as much as possible, you will be able to keep your hair healthier and less damaged. We know that avoiding them completely is not always an option, but try not to use them daily.

Let It Dry

When you do choose to use heat to style your hair, be sure to let your hair dry completely before using the hot tools on your hair. Straightening your hair while it is still damp can cause what is commonly known as “bubble hair.” Heat styling can create those bubbles on your hair, which is an irregular texture that is more prone to breakage. Before you start straightening your hair or curling it, be sure that it is completely dry. If you are always running late and don’t have time to wait, try washing your hair the night before so it has time to dry out before you style it.

Consider Hair Texture

Depending on the type of hair texture you have, you can adjust the heat of your styling tools accordingly. If you have thin and wispy hair, you will not need to use a lot of heat to achieve the look you want. If you have thick hair that needs a little extra heat to tame it, you can turn up the heat on your styling tools, but work your way up to that point. Don’t jump to the hottest heat right off the bat, this will surely burn your hair.

Hydrate Your Hair

Heat dehydrates your hair, kind of like the sun dehydrates your body. When you use heat styling tools, be sure to use a hydrating treatment before and after to keep your hair healthy and avoid it drying out!

These are a few tips that you can follow in order to keep your hair from becoming extremely damaged from your favorite heat tools! While it is hard to avoid heat styling completely, these tips can help you avoid the damage that it can bring.