Take a Time Out from Styling
When in public, you like to look your best or at least un-hideous in case you see someone you know at the grocery store. You may think your hair has to be washed, blow-dried, and ironed to look red-carpet ready, but all that heat styling, especially every day, will work against you, in the long run. If you put too much stress and heat on your hair consistently, you will wind up with a bird’s nest on your head.
If You Can’t Take the Heat
If your hair is fried from being curled and dyed, you need to take a heat-style break. If you wash, blow-dry and curl or flat iron your hair every day you are hair enemy #1 and your hair needs a pardon or at least a vacation. Lay off the heat for at least a week, two if you can.
Air dry as much as possible. If your hair is thick and curly or coarse you might be looking at 12 plus hours to air dry. If you can’t wait that long or your hair is out of control air drying, consider a Turbie Twist. The Turbie Twist, for the uninitiated, looks like a towel. You wrap your hair up in it after you wash just like a towel and it cuts your drying time dramatically. It’s made of microfiber cloth so it pulls a lot of the water out of your hair, unlike a regular towel. For those with bangs that won’t air dry without being a disaster, use the blow dryer just on the bangs.
For styling, grab some products to tame your mane. Get beach waves with one of the sea salt texturizing sprays. Spray it on damp hair, scrunch and rock the casual just-got-back-from-the-beach look. For a firmer look try Aussie Sprunch Spray. It provides hold and waves.
Breaking up is Hard to Do
If you can’t or won’t give up your hot tools for a week or two, then try another track to give your hair a partial break. Since heat is so hard on your hair you might want to adopt some of these suggestions permanently.
Lower the heat on your styling tools. Experiment with the heat settings to determine the lowest setting for the style you are trying to achieve. It’s tempting to go as hot as you can, but your hair is paying the price. Try applying heat to your hair for the least amount of time, also. Resist the temptation of going over one spot over and over.
At some point, you have to say “good enough” and go. Go for a deep conditioner once a week. Coconut or olive oil is a good natural solution. Apply to the ends then cover with a shower cap and let it soak in for about one hour, then rinse. Use the coolest water you can stand to rinse hair and seal the cuticle to keep moisture in. The hotter the water, the more moisture your hair will lose. It also makes color fade faster. If you want a higher temp for washing your body, put your hair in a shower cap after washing and before turning up the heat.
Coloring your hair dries it out, so try to go at least six weeks between colorings and try to color just the new growth and spread to the rest of the hair for the last few minutes. It will take some practice, but you’ll get the hang of it. To make it easier, pick up one of the brushes like the pros use at a beauty supply store. Use a shampoo and conditioner made for color-treated hair and deep condition at least one a week.