by April Reinhardt
(last updated August 16, 2017)
I have long, very thick hair, which simply will not hold a curl. When using a curling iron, by the time I've curled all of my hair, the first cooled curls will have already have already fallen, leaving me with just a hint of a wave. Many years ago I took the advice of a friend and sprayed my hair with hairspray before curling. "The hairspray will hold make your curls hold," she stated confidently. So, I dried my newly washed hair with a blow dryer, sprayed a section with hairspray, allowed it to dry, and then wrapped that section around the hot iron. I can still remember the smell of burning hair while I tried to peel it from the sizzling iron. I damaged my hair that day and had to have it cut nearly to my chin to cut away the damage.
Curling irons aren't the only appliance that can damage your hair; flat irons, blow dyers, chemical relaxers, perms, hot rollers, to name a few, all employ heat when styling hair. If you find that your hair is heat-damaged, short of cutting your hair to cut the damage out, try some of these tips for dealing with it:
Wash your hair less often to help retain the natural oils of your scalp. When you brush or comb your hair, you deposit scalp oils to the roots and ends of your hair. That oil is essential to maintain healthy hair. When you wash your hair each day, you wash those oils away. Try washing your hair only three times a week to help repair your damaged hair.
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