If you reach for a curling iron, flat-iron, or other heat-styling tools daily, learn how to protect your hair. Using a heat-protectant spray will save your locks from turning frizzy, dry, and brittle.
I first learned about protecting my hair from heat from my wedding hair stylist. Because I chose a hairstyle full of curls, this product saved my long hair from unwanted damage. Since the wedding, I’ve used the spray to not only protect my hair, but also to make my curls last all day and night. Here’s how I recommend to do the process!
Prep Your Hair – If you’ve just washed your hair, dry it. Use a towel to blot out the water, and then use a blow dryer on a low, cool setting. Although this process isn’t speedy, it will do less damage to your hair. Cool air smooths the cuticle, leaving you with shinier tresses.
Make Small Sections – Next, thoroughly comb your hair and divide out the first small section to style. Whether you’re using a curling iron, flat-iron, crimper, or other heat-styling tool, you’ll want to apply it to one small section of hair at a time.
Hold the Hair – Place the hair in the heat styling tool and slide it to the end of the hair so you can hold the hair away from your head. Spray a fine mist of heat protectant along the length of the hair. Keep the bottle of spray at least 12 inches away from the hair so the spray isn’t concentrated on one small area of hair. I recommend a dry lightweight aerosol hair spray.
Style the Hair – Now, style your hair. Twist the barrel of the curling iron to loop the hair onto itself, or pull the flat-iron slowly down the length of the hair. After styling that one section, repeat this spray-and-style process until you’ve finished. If you’re creating curls, leave them intact until you’re done using the heat-styling tools.
Set the Look – Finally, spray a fine mist of hairspray over the heat-styled areas. Now, use your fingers or a pick to break apart the curls or blend straightened hair. Finish the look by adding hair accessories if desired. Usually, a final mist of hairspray is unneeded because heat-protectant sprays add rigidity to the hair.