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Hot tool styling is something that we all do, at least at some point. Polished looks come from the heat of all these awesome tools. What also comes with these though is the damage high heat can cause. How you avoid it? Click the notes. –– Kelly Rowe

Use thermal protectors
Heat protecting products work to reinforce the hair making it able to withstand temperatures well above what it could without protectant. Apply it to damp hair for maximum effect.

 

Always use hot tools on completely dry hair.
Using hot tools on hair that has even a little bit of dampness can cause serious scorching and damage. Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, a professional flat iron can reach temperatures of 450 degrees Fahrenheit, so if there is any water in the hair it can instantly boil. Boiling water in the hair is not good. causing major breakage.

 

Keep products to a minimum.
While you want to have heat protection and maybe a light styling product for hold, keep heavy products to a minimum. Too much conditioning factors cause they hair to have too much moisture this can result in burning and melting of the hair.

 

Keep the tool moving.
You can go over a section more than once if you just keep the tool moving. Never rest a hot tool in your hair for too long.
 
By Kelly Rowe. Kelly Rowe is a professional hair stylist in NYC and a regular contributer to Style Noted. 
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