Do you really need a heat protectant to straighten hair?

Are styling products that claim to protect your hair from heat really necessary or worth the trouble? The resounding answer is yes, and yes, especially if your blow-dryer is one of your prized possessions. If you use irons to curl or straighten, then there’s no doubt about your need for heat protectant spray.

What happens if you don’t use heat protectant?

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T USE HEAT PROTECTANT. When you expose your hair to heat every time you style your hair without protection, it can lead to hair damage. Heat can dry out your strands, cause split ends and breakage, and make your hair look dull, among other issues.

Do you need to use heat protectant when straightening hair?

Conventional wisdom (and pretty much every stylist we’ve ever interviewed) tells us that when heat styling your hair (i.e., using a blow-dryer, flatiron or curling iron), you should always use a heat protectant first. …

What can I use if I don’t have heat protectant?

Now, let’s see these heat protectant substitutes first.

  • Argan oil. Made from the natural kernels on the argan tree, argan oil is a type of natural oil that is commonly used as a protector for heat. …
  • Shea Butter. If you are tired of using those heat protectants with silicones, shea butter can help. …
  • Coconut Oil. …
  • Almond Oil.
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Do you put heat protectant on wet or dry hair?

Depending on the type of heat protectant, you may apply it on damp hair or dry hair before using any hot tools, including blow dryers, curling irons, and straightening irons. Apply section by section, and comb through to distribute the product evenly.

Does straightening hair make it thinner?

Straightening with a flatiron instantly makes your hair appear thinner (especially if you’re leaving your ends pin straight too). For a look that’s both sleek and full, blow-dry your hair lifting up at the roots with a round brush and rolling in at the ends.

How many times can you straighten your hair before it gets damaged?

It’s generally suggested that heat styling be done no more than once per week. Natural hair should always be freshly shampooed, conditioned and completely dry before thermal styling. Straightening dirty hair with a flat iron will only “cook” oil and dirt in, which will lead to more damage.

Will my hair go back to curly after straightening?

So what happens to your curls when you straighten them that makes them not bounce back? When your curls aren’t protected and heat is applied, the structural proteins within each strand are damaged. “This repeated damage essentially breaks down the strand,” says Wilson. Once the damage is done, there’s no coming back.