Do the Style, Not the Damage
We love hairstyling as much as the next woman—probably more! But as much as we’re devoted to our blow-dryers, straightening irons, and curling irons, excessive heat when hairstyling can damage hair, so it’s important to minimize its exposure to heat and to use heat-protection products.
Our favorite tips include air-drying hair up to 80% before turning on the heat, using a heat-protective spray before hairstyling, holding the blow-dryer several inches away from hair, and quickly passing a straightening iron through hair so that the heat is not concentrated in one area.
Also, it helps to cut the friction! Believe it or not, a brush is a major damage culprit. Overly zealous brushing, backcombing, or teasing also can damage and affect the look of hair. To protect hair from friction-related hairstyling damage, use conditioner every time you shampoo (be sure to choose the conditioner that is right for your hair and the look you want to achieve), detangle wet hair with a wide-toothed comb, and try root-lifting products (rather than backcombing) to create lift and volume.