How to Avoid Hair Damage From Heat Styling Tools

Have you ever run your fingers through your hairs and wondered why they feel so rough and lack of life?

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Rough, frizzy, damaged hairs are no fun and we figured out that most of the time our styling tool is to be blamed for such hair conditions.

To avoid as well as to reduce any hair damages from our most cherished heat styling tool, we have listed some of the most common yet effective ways so that you can enjoy silky, smooth and healthy manes even after adorning them with your favorite style.

1. Know Your Hair Type and the Heat Level It Can Endure

Every hair type is different and so is their styling requirements; you just cannot use the same material or heat level to style every type of hairs out there, and styling machine manufacturers also produce versatile tools keeping in mind about the demands of different hair types.

The reason behind such an elaborate introduction is to make you understand that before using any styling tool, be it a straightening iron, curling iron or hot rollers, you must know your hair type in order to minimize the hair damage you would suffer from otherwise. For example, a flat iron that works phenomenally on thick, natural hair locks won’t do justice to fine/thin tresses and might burn them down almost instantly, and hence, it’s extremely important to know your hair’s characteristics before applying any heated tools to them.

We have discussed the hair types, the suitable material and the heat endurance level here (give the link).

2. Wait Till Your Tresses Are Fully Dried Before Using Styling Tools

Drying Wet Hair

It is totally forbidden to use any heat styling tool, except hair dryer or hot air brushes, on wet tresses.  We are saying this hairdryer or heated air brushes are used to dry wet locks and hence they are bound to be used on damp locks, but other tools, like hair straightener, curling iron or hot rollers, might be disastrous when used on wet hairs; the heat from the straightener plates can literally fry your manes and cause extreme hair breakage, and that’s why we always suggest to first dry your tresses properly with a good quality hair dryer and then curl or straighten them to maintain hair’s health and good looks.

3. Work Your Way Up From Low Heat Settings

When you are using a hot hair styling tool, especially a flat iron to avoid hair damage, you MUST NOT use the highest heat level in the first try; start with a moderate temperature level and see how your manes react to the heat. Then you can either work your up or down the heat settings according to your styling preference and your hair’s tolerance level.

The reason we are saying this is because your hairs are delicate and might get severely damaged if not taken care of correctly; and if you put your hair strands inside the blazing plates of a straightening iron (with high heat), they might get burnt beyond repair and suffer from breakage which eventually will lead to severe hair fall.

4. Try Using a Hot Tool With Ionic Technology

Ionic Technology - V3 Aug

Another way to reduce severe hair damage from heat styling tools is by adopting a tool that comes with the revolutionary ionic technology; this modern-day mechanism uses an ionic generator to release plenty of negative ions to the hairs to not only lock in hair’s natural moisture and nourishment but at the same time to also form a protective layer over each strand so that excess heat cannot pass through it and harm your precious tresses.

Negative ions try to minimize heat damage as much as possible and keep your manes healthy, smooth and manageable.

We would suggest you trying this INFINITI PRO BY CONAIR Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron to adorn your tresses with versatile hairstyle while keeping your manes safe and secure from damages.

5. Don’t Forget to Use Heat Protectant

Applying high heat repeatedly to your delicate hair locks evaporates the water molecule from the inner cortex of the hair, makes hair strands extremely dry and frizzy which ultimate results in hair breakage and premature hair fall.

To save your cherished tresses from such kind of havoc, it’s very much important that you protect them completely before you start applying heat to create a barrier between your hair and the styling tool. Doesn’t matter if your hairs are wet or dry, a heat protectant is a must apply item in order to minimize heat-related damages as much as possible.

A good quality heat protector also helps to reduce frizz and smooth the cuticle making your hair look silky, soft and manageable.

We prefer this HSI PROFESSIONAL Argan Oil Heat Protector to spritz on both wet and dry hair because it works great on any hair condition and provides protection even from the highest heat level.

6. Use the Cool Setting Whenever You Can

The best way to reduce heat damage is to cut down the amount of heat you apply on your hair strands as much as possible. And one of the best ways to do this is by dry your tresses with cool air instead of hot airs from a blow dryer.

So, how to skip the hot breeze and use cold air for the drying session?

Well, in recent times, many hairdryers, like this Remington D3190 Damage Protection Hair Dryer, come with a cool shot button alongside their regular hot air settings to provide their users with versatility. A cool shot button, when pressed, releases a burst of cold air to your hair locks for safe and durable styling.

Drying your tresses with cold air might take a bit longer than usual, but it surely would cut down the amount of damage and harm by several notches for you to enjoy beautiful hair throughout the day.

7. Try Using a Microfiber Hair Towel

Using Microfiber Hair Towel

Microfiber hair towels are known to be an excellent absorbent of excess water from your hairs; they soak up all the additional water and wetness from your tresses very quickly and help you to achieve slightly damped hair, in just about 10-15 minutes (depending on your hair length and volume).

When you have slightly damped hair, your hair drying time is cut by several notches compared to when your hairs are fully wet. This means that your precious manes are less exposed to dryer heat and are less likely to suffer from heat damages and burns when you dry them with a hairdryer. Therefore, we can conclude that microfiber towels can reduce heat-related damages of your hairs rapidly.

We would suggest you using this DuraComfort Essentials Super Absorbent Anti-Frizz Microfiber Hair Towel to not only dry hair quickly but also to protect them from and heat burns and damages.


  1. Hi there,

    First thing first, this article is awesome. While going through the article, it was very clear that you put a lot of thought and effort into penning this down. It helped me to understand various aspects of hair damages from heat styling tools.

    I would like to share a natural tip to reduce heat damage that works for me. I apply a very slight amount of argan oil all over my tresses just before the straightening and it works great for me. You can also try it.

    Nevertheless, thank you for writing such an informative and interesting article for your readers!

    Keep up the good work.

    I wish you success.

    • Dear Lucille,

      First of all, thank you very much for your sweet praise. We are overwhelmed with your kind response.

      Secondly, we also thank you for sharing your tip with us. We are confident that our readers will find it useful.

      Please keep coming back for more articles in the future.

  2. Hello peeps,

    I came here to share my experience. After reading this article, I thought that the usage of microfiber hair towels makes sense, and therefore, I bought one for myself. And, trust me guys, I barely need any heat to dry my hair now. As less heat is applied, my manes look better than before without even trying very hard.

    I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to limit hair damage from the heat with minimal effort. Girls go for this.

    • Dear Patty,

      Thank you very much for taking the time and sharing your experience with us. We are sure that our readers will greatly benefit from this.

      Please keep coming back for more amazing articles in the future.


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