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Curling or Straightening Your Hair? 4 Tips to Avoid Hair Damage

Last updated on: August 12, 2015 18:05 IST

The hair styling tools like a curler, straightener or blow dryer can give you fabulous looking hair but at the cost of your hair’s health by causing serious damage. Here are 5 tips to prevent from hair from damage caused by hair styling tools –

#1 When straightening your hair - Make sure you have dried your hair

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Your hair becomes brittle if you overuse any hair styling product. There are higher chances of hair damage when you use a hair straightener when your hair is moist or damp.

Step 1 - Wash your hair with the right shampoo followed by a good conditioner.

Step 2 - Apply a little serum and heat protection spray on your hair. The serum will make your hair smooth and manageable.

Step 3 – Now, use the straightener and make heads turn

#2 When curling your hair - Adjust the temperature of your curling iron

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If you are using a curling iron to curl your hair, adjust its temperature according to your hair type.

If your hair is naturally curly and thick, set the temperature high to get the desired result.

If your hair is fine and manageable, set the minimum temperature or else it will burn your hair.

If you do not use a curling iron frequently, start with a minimum heat setting and work your way up to create the perfect look.

#3 When blow drying your hair – Hold it at the right distance to avoid damage

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A blow dryer is used for two reasons – to get rid of the moisture and to style the hair. When you are using a blow dryer to remove moisture, hold it approximately 10 inches away from your hair. And, when you want to style your hair, hold it 5-6 inches away to prevent damage.

#4 When choosing a hair styling tool – Quality matters

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Using the right hair styling tool like hair straighteners, curling irons, blow dryers and so on is vital to avoid hair damage.

Curling iron – A curling iron must come with multiple heat settings. Simply select the right temperature as per your hair texture. Those inferior ones with one heating mode could cause hair damage.

Flat irons or hair straighteners – Along with multiple heat settings, a good hair straightener must be made of silicone plates. The silicone plates add as a protective coating for your hair.

Blow dryer – Look for a blow dryer which comes with a nozzle style attachment as it distributes heat evenly.

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