This is how women are: if nature has blessed them with lovely curls, they will do anything to straighten them. Straight hair owners make additional sacrifices: they perm or sleep in curlers to achieve luxurious curls and coveted curls.
A hair straightener (also known as a straightener or curler) is a magical tool that allows the former to achieve smooth hair matter and the latter to create curls of any size and shape. However, the more frequently women use iron, the more often they wonder how to restore their hair after using the iron and hair dryer or how to minimize the damage caused by their use.
How Bad Are Curling Irons for Your Hair?
The principle of any hair straightener is quite simple and similar: when heated between 110 and 230° C, the iron emits steam, which softens the keratin of the hair’s upper layer, removing moisture as if drying out the hair and “pressing” the cuticles.
As a result, the protective keratin layer is destroyed, nutrients evaporate, and the hair dries out, thins, becomes porous, thins at the ends, and easily breaks.
The negative effects of high temperatures are exacerbated by the tension on the hair shaft caused by straightening the hair and pulling the strands down so the curler can easily pass through the hair and “pull” it out, smoothing it.
Restoring burnt hair after using a curling iron is nearly impossible because it burns the hair, deprives it of moisture, and severely damages the structure. However, home remedies can reduce the negative effects and revive the hair after it has been exposed to high temperatures from the hair dryer and curling iron.
How Do You Repair Burnt Hair After Using an Iron?
Burnt hair is hair that has been “killed” by being deprived of moisture. It is necessary to sever them.
However, they can be made to look better cosmetically:
- Apply a few drops of oil to the ends of your hair for 5 minutes before washing.
- Use shampoo on your scalp rather than the tips of your hair.
- Brittle hair is wet hair. Blot excess water gently without pulling hair.
- Apply the balm to the entire length of your hair, 5-10 centimeters away from the roots, twice a week, and leave it in for 10 minutes. Then thoroughly rinse with water.
- Apply a hair mask to dry strands every two weeks to restore a healthy shine and make combing easier.
- Apply products to damp hair to form a barrier between the hair and the environment.
- Use extra lightweight products before using a hair iron to protect the hair from thermal damage while adding shine and restoring the fiber.
Hair Restoration Product Types
When selecting hair products designed to revitalize and rejuvenate your hair, choose those that suit your hair type and meet the needs of your hair at the time.
It is impossible to improve hair condition with a single product, especially if it is severely damaged. In this case, it is necessary to alternate balms, masks, and serums.
Conditioners have a light texture and only act on the hair’s surface.
Conditioner is typically applied immediately after shampooing, for 1-2 minutes, and then washed off. You can use it every day after washing your hair. Conditioners have a light texture and only act on the hair’s surface.
Conditioner is appropriate for those who do not want to restore their hair, i.e., those with normal or slightly damaged hair. Its primary function is to nourish the hair, give it a beautiful shine, moisturize it, and make combing easier. It is, however, insufficient to care for dry and damaged hair.
A balm contains more nutrients than a conditioner and can penetrate deeply into damaged hair. Because balm contains keratins, amino acids, and carbohydrates that hair produces, it should only be used 1-2 times per week to avoid weighing hair down.
Balm, on average, restores the deep layers of the hair, promotes shine, and restores the moisture level in 5-15 minutes (depending on the composition).
Mask for the Hair
Masks are heavy artillery in the fight to restore hair at home. Hair masks work quickly because of their high nutrient concentration: they solve specific problems (dry strands, oily hair, restoration, and straightening of the hair cuticle).
Hair masks have a dense, viscous texture, similar to a thick cream that envelops the hair and deeply penetrates the damaged structure. Because the masks have a cumulative effect, it is sufficient to use them once every two weeks.
They should be left on the hair for 15 to 30 minutes to allow all beneficial substances to penetrate the hair structure. Because of the mask’s composition and density, applying it to the entire hair surface is not recommended – only to the strands that require restoration and nourishment.
The serum stands out for its high concentration of active ingredients (nourishing oils, plant extracts, vitamins, and so on) and multifunctionality: it can be used in place of a balm, conditioner, and mask, and it does not need to be washed off, which is very convenient.
The serum can be applied to wet or dry hair and restores dry strands while protecting them from the damaging effects of the hair dryer. It also has a styling effect, making hair easier to style and less electrifying.
Hair Products for Restoring Color-treated Hair
Modern hair dyes, without a doubt, do not cause as much damage as their predecessors, but some issues remain. How can you keep your hair shinier, healthier, and stronger for longer?
To keep your hair looking great, use Elseve Color Expert Intensive Care Mask once or twice a week if your hair is damaged after coloring.
- The mask prevents color pigment washout, nourishes hair, and creates a laminating effect.
- When used regularly, the dyeing life can be extended by up to 10 weeks.
- Candelilla wax retains moisture and adds luster to hair, while hydrolyzed wheat proteins strengthen and restore hair structure.
It instantly smoothes and manages damaged and porous hair without weighing it down. The nourishing elixir with linseed oil will have an instant laminating effect, make brushing easier, and prevents electrification. The color lasts a long time and leaves the hair with a dazzling shine.