I Link It: How to Keep Hair Tools From Becoming Too Hot to Handle Monday 05 November, 2012

If you’re cranking up the temperature dial on your heat tools to the max, you could be seriously damaging your hair. Sultra’s Omar Lopez shares his tips on how to use blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons to keep your hair as healthy and shiny as possible.

Holy heat! Never in life do we embrace heat like we do for styling our hair. And like most things in life that give us enjoyment, heat-styling is not good for us. (Isn’t that always the way?) But if we want to rock those effortless-looking beachy waves, glamorous S-curls, poker-straight strands or any other number of hair looks, we accept heat damage as a necessary evil.

But, you needn’t scorch your hair to achieve the style you desire, and there is some beauty education that goes along with heat-styling that can quell some of the damage you do to your locks. I tapped hairstylist Omar Lopez of Sultra (maker of some of the coolest heat-styling tools out there—hello, The Bombshell!) for a piece I wrote for Makeup.com, “How to Keep Those Hair Tools from Becoming Too Hot to Handle,” to give me his tips on how to wield heat tools without incurring too much frizzle-frazzle to strands.

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One of my favorite pieces of advice he gave (which is more like a story): When thinking about heat tool temperatures (because most heat tools come with a temperature dial), you should think about your hair like you would think about a baking recipe. “If a recipe calls for 350 degrees for an hour, increasing the oven to 600-plus degrees doesn’t cut down the cooking time,” he told me. “Instead, it scorches the exterior and ruins the rest of the dish.” Now think about your hair: When you crank up the dial on your flat iron to 420 degrees to straighten your hair (and you really only need 370 degrees) because you think it’s going to make your results come faster, you’re really only frying the outside of your hair. Yikes.

Check out this story, which also features some heat protectants (which you should always use when you touch heat to hair) that will help you keep your strands as shiny and healthy as possible.

Do you follow these heat-tool rules when you style your hair?

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