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Hair Heat Protection – Why It Is So Important?

Most of us are no stranger to using a heat tool, but have you ever stopped to think about what heat actually does to your hair? Think of heat protection as SPF but for your hair. It shouldn’t just be saved for when you are using heat tools, but is an essential part of any summer hair care routine and a travel essential!

What Does Heat Do To The Hair?

Heat dries out the hair, removing all moisture leaving the hair brittle, fragile and damaged. Heat is one of the main causes of split ends and breakage. Heat tools may be a great short term solution to managing your mane, however can leave some pretty severe long-term damaging effects. The longer you use heat, the more it not only affects the structure of your hair, but it changes the appearance too. Heavily heat damaged hair is often left looking and feeling dull, flat and dry. 

What Does Heat Protection Do?

Despite what many may think, heat protection does actually work. It is a product designed to be used on the hair prior to heat application to prevent and protect the hair from damage. It comes in many different forms (sprays, creams, serums etc) and often brings other benefits.  Heat protection aims to form a barrier around the hair strand, protecting it from heat application. This product is essential in maintaining the integrity and structure of the hair. 

How Do I Use Heat Protection?

We recommend applying your heat protectant on damp hair after washing. This will allow the product to absorb better into the hair shaft before styling. Application method depends on the consistency of the product, but we will use our Miracle Milk as an example.

To use apply a couple of pumps generously from root to ends on towel dried hair, comb through to evenly distribute and style as usual. I would then recommend waiting and allowing the hair to air-dry at least partially to give the product time to absorb before applying any heat to the hair. 

Although it works better on damp hair, you can also apply to dry hair prior to using heat tools. This method is also great to use as a finishing product adding some extra shine, nourishment and moisture.

When Should I Use Heat Protection?

Many people will think of SPF to protect their skin when the weather changes however don’t consider the affect on their hair. It is well known that the affects of the sun on the skin can lead to burning and pre-mature aging, but is this the same for your hair?

With warmer weather the sun may give you a dose of vitamin D, however the UV rays can really dry out and damage your luscious locks too. This can lead to aging of the hair and damage. This is why we highly recommend using heat protection not only prior to using heat tools, but daily during the summer months too.

Other Ways To Prevent Heat Damage

  • Give your hairdryer a break and let your hair air-dry. Even if you let your hair partially air-dry it will make a huge difference!
  • Lower your heat tools temperature
  • Limit heat tool usage to only when needed, try some heat-less hairstyles instead!
  • Get regular haircuts to trim any dry, dead or damaged ends helping keep your hair as healthy as possible
  • Incorporate a hair mask into your hair care routine and use regularly! Try our Miracle Mask here.

Did You Know Our Miracle Milk Offers Heat Protection?

Our Miracle Milk not only works to hydrate, de-frizz, de-tangle, soften, adds body but also offers UVA, UVB & heat protection. Our special ingredient Marula oil also helps aid damage caused by the effects of UV exposure, boosting cellular activity to enhance scalp and follicle health.

Olivia & The Moo Family x

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