Keep Your Hair Alive

Every girl has been told that straightening their hair too much will damage it and result in their hair being dead. But that is not necessarily true. If you use the proper type of iron and product then you will be able to straighten your hair and keep it nice and healthy.

Girls (and boys if you straighten your hair or ever want to buy your girlfriend a new straightening iron) here are a few tips to keeping your straight hair healthy. First of all, ionic and ceramic irons are no different from each other. You need an iron that gives off negative ions while straightening your hair. People tend to think that ionic straighteners are better because they ONLY give off negative ions but really ceramic straighteners give off negative ions while heated which is the only way you can straighten your hair. The types of straighteners you should really be staying away from are the ones that give off positive ions (ions that damage your hair) such as tourmaline and titanium. In addition to this you have to choose the proper heat setting. It's not hard, just think before you set your iron to 450 degrees. If you have thin hair, put your iron at a low setting. If you have thick hair, put your iron at a higher setting but it doesn't necessarily need to be the highest. It's common sense.

Another thing that can help keep your hair healthy is using products that protect from heat damage. Using a heat protecting product can help if you use the right one. For instance, you should be using silicon based products before you straighten your hair. The silicone based products let the heat pass through more slowly but still let enough heat through to straighten your hair. Think of it as a filter.

So if you want to have healthy hair and you're someone who whips out the straightening iron often then you should really look into getting an ionic/ceramic iron and using silicon based products instead of water/oil based products!


Hi Hayley,
I was really interested in your blog because I always feel like I'm damaging my hair by straightening it all the time, so I decided to research more on the silicone products you suggested. However, when I started researching, I found that they can also have negative affects on the hair as well. This one article explain how silicone builds up on the hair and eventually makes it look gross, but it doesn't come out with water so it just keeps building up. I'm not sure if all silicone products are like this, or just certain ones. I'll definitely have to look into it more.

I always wanted to find the answer on how to style your hair without damaging it! Are there any specific brands of ceramic straighteners that are best? Do the silicon hair products really work? I have used heat-protectant products for my hair before and never feel like it makes a difference. I have used many different products and they may help a little, but not completely. Can hair ever be fully repaired after it is damaged and split at the ends? This article says it can't:

I was very interested in your article because I have gone through so many straighteners in the past few years attempting to find one that leaves my hair feeling undamaged and healthy. After personal experience, I would have to agree with an article I found that explains how all straighteners are bad for your hair. If the temperature of the straightener is over 350 degrees, it damages the cuticle of the hair no matter what type of iron it is. Repeated straightening causes a breakdown in the cuticle. It said, the ‘slates’ start to lift and the rough, uneven surface exposes the cortex, allowing the fibres to unravel. This starts as split ends, but can reach all the way up the hair, causing it to break off. After going to the salon two weeks ago, I have stopped using my straightener for now in order to try to bring it back to full health but because of the heat damage, I don't know how successful I will be at that. Do you think hair damaged by straighteners is reversible?

I had no idea that the type of straightener made that much of a difference! I am immediately going to go back to my apartment and determine what type I have.

I also liked your advice about the silicone based products, however I found some alternative advice which suggests that silicone based products give your hair a temporary shine but block out moisture from the hair follicles in the long term.

Not sure what I think I will use in the future... according to that link, most of the types of shampoo and conditioner that we buy at the grocery/drug store are made up of silicone based products. I only get my hair products at the drug store, so perhaps I should be seeking out other options, like the Burt's Bees that is pictured.

Going off of that tangent, I wondered what was in Burt's Bees that made it a better choice. Apparently, this particular product uses all natural oil from things like the pomegranate. This, along with soy amino acids, creates shine; but are they as effective as the silicone based products?

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